The spring game had a festive game day-like atmosphere, with lots of tailgating before hand out in the parking lot and plenty of cheering during the 60 minute contest. Afterwards, fan rushed the field for a 30 minute post-game autograph session.
Brohm threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, but also was intercepted four times. Latarrius Thomas, Jon Russell and Rod Council each picked off the Heisman Trophy candidate in regulation, then Smith made the final INT in the extra period.
Wide Receivers Harry Douglas and Scott Long were busy all night. The 5-11 Douglas caught 8 passes for 137 yards, while Long hauled in 4 receptions for 120 yards. Mario Urrutia also had 5 catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns, including a late fourth quarter score that tied the score at 45.
But the story of the night was the defense. Not only did the U of L defense pick Brohm off four times, but they effectively shutdown the offenses rushing attack, limited the Red team to just 145 yards on 36 carries. Here's another interesting stat: The defense held the offense to just 9 of 22 on third down.
The Louisville defense completely dominated the offense in the first half. Behind Brian Brohm, the first team offense struggled mightily in the first 30 minutes, scoring just once – on the games first possession - in seven possessions. Brohm was 13-22 for 105 yards, but was picked off once by safety Latarrius Thomas. The defense forced three consecutive three and outs and help the one's scoreless for six straight possessions.
The number two offense wasn't much better in the opening period. Hunter Cantwell was 12-22 for 122 yards, but managed only 10 points – a field goal and a one yard Anthony Allen touchdown run – in seven first half possessions.
The Red team ran for 145 yards on 36 carries and raced to 523 total yards. The spring game made one point very clear: Kragthorpe likes to throw the football – and throw it often. Brohm and Hunter Cantwell combined to throw 73 passes – 40 completions. That's right – the Cards threw it 37 more times than they ran it.
JuJuan Spillman was the games leading rushing with 5 carries for 71 yards and touchdown. Anthony Allen rushed 9 times for 36 and two scores. Sergio Spencer ran for 21 yards on four attempts, while Brock Bolen carried twice for 15 yards. George Stripling rushed for 14 yards on seven carries.
Starting offensive lineman Marcel Benson did not play in the scrimmage after being taken to the hospital Wednesday with an irregular heartbeat. Starting defensive tackle Earl Heyman limped off the field in the second quarter and didn't return. For the most part, though, the Cardinals came out of spring practice relatively healthy.
Halftime Award Ceremony
Scout Team Offensive POY: QB Tyler Wolfe
Scout Team Defensive POY: S Brandon Heath
Comeback POY: OL Renardo Foster
Offensive Coaches Award: RB Kolby Smith
Defensive Coaches Award: S Brandon Sharp
Offensive Newcomer: RB Anthony Allen
Defensive Newcomer: DE Peanut Whitehead
Special Teams POY: K Art Carmody
Scholar Athlete: OL Daniel Barlowe
Offensive POY: WR Harry Douglas
Defensive POY: LB Malik Jackson
Most Inspirational: RB Michael Bush
Lenny Lyles Team MVP: QB Brian Brohm & DT Amobi Okoye