Cards steamroll UConn; Need help for BCS bid

Sixth-ranked Louisville clinched a share of the Big East title Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium with a convincing 48-17 victory over Connecticut. Now the Cardinals need a West Virginia win tonight over Rutgers to gain the schools first BCS bowl bid.

Sixth-ranked Louisville (11-1, 6-1) clinched a share of the Big East title Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium with a convincing 48-17 victory over Connecticut.

With their share of the league title and an impressive 11-1 record secure, the Cardinals and their fans now await the outcome of tonight's West VirginiaRutgers game to determine where the Cardinals will go bowling.

If West Virginia wins, Louisville will win the Big East title outright with a 6-1 record and claim the league's automatic BCS bowl berth. The Big East champion will likely either play in the Sugar or Orange bowls.

The Cardinals started quickly against the Huskies, scoring on their first possession and never looked back. Junior quarterback Brian Brohm had another huge day through the air, throwing for 341 yards and four touchdowns. Harry Douglas caught five passes for 149 yards to move past the 1,000 yard mark on the season. Both Douglas and freshman running back Anthony Allen scored two touchdowns.

After Louisville's win the stadium loudspeakers pumped out the West Virginia fight song to the cheers and delight of Cardinal fans. Some fans also through oranges, hoping for a spot in the Miami bowl game, in January. The BCS bowl selections will be announced Sunday evening on Fox.

Louisville's defense stopped the Huskies
cold all day.

Louisville rolled to 570 yards total offense and ran through the Husky defense for 221 yards, while the Cardinal defense, led by seniors Amobi Okoye and Nate Harris and junior linebacker Malik Jackson, held Matt Bonislawski and Husky offense to only 236 total yards.

Brohm also rushed for 57 yards, showing some scrambling ability against an aggressive UConn defensive front. Kolby Smith led Louisville with 64 yards on the ground, while sophomore George Stripling seemed to get his confidence back, picking up 63 yards. Tight end Gary Barnidge and Mario Urrutia each caught five passes for 88 and 78 yards, respectively.

Louisville never trailed in the game and led 27-10 at intermission.

BOWL TICKET PROCEDURES IN PLACE The University of Louisville has determined general procedures for its ticketing process when the Cardinals discover its bowl selection on Sunday.

U of L season ticket holders were provided the opportunity to pre-order tickets to each of the possible bowl sites for the Cardinals. Those orders and subsequent changes were finalized on Friday. Those orders will be fulfilled with the tickets and additional site specific information sent via UPS overnight shipping to those pre-orders in mid-December.

Once the Cardinals' bowl site is determined and if tickets are available, the most efficient way to purchase available tickets will be through a form which will be on the U of L web site following the announcement at It is important for Cardinal fans to purchase tickets through the U of L ticket office so the support of U of L fans is properly reflected to bowl representatives, to help U of L meet its post-season financial commitments, and to gain the best possible seats within the Cards' fan section.

If tickets are available, ticket orders will also be accepted by telephone with a VISA or MasterCard by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5151 or 852-5863. Tickets may also be purchased in person at U of L's campus ticket offices located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or on the third floor of the Student Activities Center.

The U of L ticket office will offer expanded phone service for Cardinal fans from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Dec. 4-6). Normal operating hours for the U of L ticket office beyond that point are weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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