Offense shines in win over Blue Raiders

InsideTheVille.com's Josh Cook takes an inside look at No. 8 Louisville's 58-42 victory over Middle Tennessee Thursday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

KEY PLAYERS
What else can Brian Brohm do? After his game against Murray State last week he ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency. Thursday night the senior quarterback completed 25 of 39 passes for a career-high 401 yards and five touchdowns.

As good as Brohm was through the air, though, Anthony Allen was just that good on the ground. The sophomore ran for a school-record 275 yards on 35 carries. He also scored two TDs.

KEY PLAYS
On the first play from scrimmage Brohm found Gary Barnidge wide open in the middle of the field and 81 yards later UofL had a 7-0 lead.

Then after Middle Tennessee State answered with a big-play TD of its own, Brohm hit Mario Urrutia on a crossing route. Two Blue Raider defenders collided going after Urrutia, who did the rest, going 71 yards for the score.


Brian Brohm threw for 401 yards and
five touchdowns.
KEY STAT
After rushing for only 18 yards, on 32 carries, in last week's loss to Florida Atlantic and Howard Schnellenberger, the Blue Raiders rolled up 265 rushing yards against the Cards.

HIGHLIGHT-MAKER
Harry Douglas didn't quite have the same kind of numbers he had against Murray State (five catches, 151 yards, two TDs), but he did have two highlight-type plays – which were also two of the biggest plays.

The first came when UofL faced a second-and-12 from the Middle Tennessee 44 when Douglas - in the right place at the right time - snared a Brohm pass that Urrutia had tipped into the air. Douglas was there to corral the ball and keep the drive alive. That led to an Anthony Allen TD run.

The second came early in the fourth quarter with Louisville, leading 51-42, deep in Middle Tennessee territory. On third-and-nine from the Blue Raiders' 10 Douglas took a short pass from Brohm, spun out of a tackle then bolted into the end zone.


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