Buchanan performs well under the lights

Bobby Buchanan made his second career start against Pittsburgh on Thursday night and turned in the biggest outing of his young career

Louisville cornerback Bobby Buchanan's took longer than he had hoped, but after spending a year working on academics and rehabbing from multiple injuries, the Joliet, Illinois has seen his time on the field increase with each passing week.

Buchanan recorded his second consecutive start on Thursday night against Pittsburgh and had his biggest outing yet, recording five tackles – a career high – and a pass break up.

"As for starting, Coach Whitt told us that we have to compete each week to see who earns the start," Buchanan said following Louisville's 42-20 win. "We know Rod Council is going to be there and I have working hard in practice, so Coach Whitt told me that I earned it."

Buchanan has played in five games at corner and on special teams, recording 12 stops this year. However, while his big-play resume is a work in progress, Buchanan added one to his personal list when the visiting Panthers faced a fourth and five play from the Cardinals 37-yard line midway through the third quarter. Buchanan broke up a Tyler Palko pass intended for Greg Lee and helped the Cardinal defense continue to shut out Pittsburgh during the second half.

"That was a big play for us because it put our offense back on the field," Buchanan explained. "We all wanted to make the stop and I was able to get my hand on the ball."

Making his first start at home in front of a Papa John's Cardinal Stadium record-crowd of 42,692, Buchanan said the atmosphere for the Thursday night ESPN showdown with Pittsburgh is one of the reasons he chose to follow his brother's – former Louisville All-American Ray Buchanan – footsteps and wear the red and black.

"This is why I came here," he said, adding that he enjoyed the new black uniforms. "This is huge. The fans were really into, playing under the lights for ESPN on Thursday night – this was exciting. I hope we keep these uniforms because we play good in them."

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