Cards climb higher in national polls

After defeating Rutger 56-5 and improving to 7-2 on the season, Louisville rose in the major polls

Louisville (7-2, 3-2) continue's to climb back into upper reaches of the national rankings, rising to No. 18 in both the USA Today Coaches' and Associated Press Top 25 polls on Sunday.

Fellow Big East Conference member West Virginia (8-1, 5-0), which shutout Cincinnati 38-0 on Wednesday, climbed two spots to No. 13 in the two major polls.

Following an impressive outing by both it's offensive and defensive squads, Louisville rose in a number of the NCAA statistical standings.

By holding Rutgers to just 187 total yards, U of L defensive coordinator Mike Cassity's defense climbed into the nation's top 25 defenses. After giving up just 96 yards on the ground against the Scarlet Knights, the Louisville rush defense is now the 24th best in the nation. The team climbed to it's highest ranking of the season in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense. Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil continues to lead the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.

While already ranked among the nation's best going into Friday's game, Bobby Petrino's balanced offense still rose in a number of categories, including pass offense. Quarterback Brian Brohm continues to be among the nation's top 3 in efficiency, while Michael Bush, who didn't play against Rutgers, still leads the nation in scoring.

NCAA Statistical Standings

Category        Rank    Stat   SH
Total Offense:     7  496.22    7
Rushing Offense:  27  190.56   24
Passing Offense:   9  305.70    8
Pass Efficiency:   2  168.62    1
Scoring Offense:   3   47.33    2
Total Defense:    23  317.11   23
Rushing Defense:  24  116.80    5
Pass Defense:     38  200.33   38
Pass EfficiencyD: 40  117.74   40
Scoring Defense:  43   23.70   43
Net Punting:     102   30.77   98
Punt Return:      42   10.54   39
Kick Return:      72   20.30   72
Turnover Margain: 14    1.00    3
Sacks:             2    4.00    1
Tackles For Loss: 16    7.78    4
Fewest Penalties: 98    8.22
3rd Down Conv.:    4    53.3

SH = Season High

Individual (top 25)
Rushing: 12th, Michael Bush (116.00)
Passing Efficiency: 3rd, Brian Brohm (168.55)
Total Offense: 15th, Brian Brohm (293.00)
Scoring: 1st, Michael Bush (15.75)
         19th, Art Carmody (9.11)
All-Purpose Runners: 19th, Michael Bush (146.63)
Points Responsible For: 11th, Michael Bush (15.75)
                        21st, Brian Brohm (14.00)
Sacks: 1st, Elvis Dumervil (2.22)
Tackles For Loss: 1st, Elvis Dumervil (2.39)
Forced Fumbles: 1st, Elvis Dumervil (1.11)

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