The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Louisville, giving the Cardinals some much needed confidence heading into next Friday's home game against Utah.
One week after being torched by Syracuse's offense for 38 points and more than 500 yards total offense, the Louisville defense came through with their best effort of the season against NC State. The Cardinals held the Wolfpack to just three first half points and 336 total yards.
Though they gave up 251 yards through the air, Louisville came up big in the turnover department, intercepting two passes and recovering three NC State fumbles.
Ahead 16-3 at halftime, Louisville struggled offensively in the third quarter. NC State cut the Cardinals lead to 16-10 with 5:01 left in the third quarter when Daniel Evans hooked up with Cedric Hickman for a two yard score.
road win over NC State Saturday
Louisville finished off the Pack when Brian Brohm found George Stripling on an 18-yard screen pass that went for a touchdown and a 29-10 lead with under 8 minutes left.
Brohm, who clearly missed his leading receiver, Harry Douglas, completed 20-of-33 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. Brohm also threw one interception.
Douglas, who was expected to play after injuring his ankle last week against Syracuse, dressed but did not see game action. The Cardinals were also without defensive lineman Peanut Whitehead.
After the game, U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich gave Steve Kragthorpe a congratulatory hug on the sideline. Kragthorpe had taken considerable heat from fans in recent weeks after dropping back to back games to Kentucky and Syracuse.