DEFENSE NOTES: Roberson with 16 stops

THE DEFENSE GAVE up the same total of yards against TCU, but came up with a big interception to seal the win. Grades and more inside.

  • The defense yielded 453 yards of total offense (the same total versus TCU), 5.9 ypp, 165 on the ground, 4.2 ypc, and 288 through the air, 13.1 ypc, while giving up 24 first downs, nine by rush, 14 by pass and one by penalty.

  • UL converted 7 of 15 third downs while scoring 4 of 6 times in the redzone.




The line did better at collapsing the pocket, especially late in the game putting a lot of pressure on the Cardinals quarterback.


  • DT Stephen Paea once again faced double and triple teams as he finished with three tackles, including .5 for loss, while adding one pass breakup.

  • DT Brennan Olander recorded his first tackle of the year as he completed the game with one tackle.

  • DE Dominic Glover made three tackles, including one for loss in which he lined up in the tackle slot, slipped the offensive guard and dragged down the running back for a seven yard loss.

  • DE Gabe Miller three tackles, including .5 for loss.

  • DE Taylor Henry made three tackles, including a co-team high 1.5 for loss.




Marked improvement, although far too many missed tackles and middle linebacker has to improve.


  • LB Dwight Roberson set a personal single-game high with 16 tackles, surpassing his previous record of nine set against Oregon in 2009 and Utah in 2008.

    Roberson also forced one fumble and had one pass breakup. He was the only player in the game to reach double digits in tackles.

    The senior has 23 tackles on the year - the most on the team, good for second in the Pac-10 and tied for 12th in the nation. He also did a nice job of making the quarterback pay on the option.

  • MLB Tony Wilson received his first career making six tackles, including a co-team high 1.5 for loss.

    He also got half of a sack, his first sack in his career.

  • MLB Rueben Robinson came off of the bench making five stops.

  • LB Keith Pankey made six stops, including one for loss.

  • LB Cameron Collins lined up at linebacker but did not play in the first half.

    He is still getting up to speed at linebacker after switching from safety.

  • LB Keo Camat made four tackles, including a co-team high 1.5 for loss.




Although Hardin struggled at times the unit came up with key turnovers at crucial times - Tui's forced fumble in the first quarter was key as was Dockery's game winning interception.


  • S Suaesi Tuimaunei made eight tackles while forcing one fumble.

    His forced fumble came at the goal line and saved a touchdown.

    “That was a blessing," Dwight Roberson said. " mean a stop is a stop, no matter how you do it: three-and-out, interception, or a goal line stop."

  • After making 18 tackles against TCU S Lance Mitchell had just two stops.

  • CB Brandon Hardin recorded eight tackles and one pass breakup, but was picked on by the Louisville air attack - especially in the first half.

    Several times Hardin looked lost as he gave up big chucks of yardage, but he did have a couple of nice sticks.

    The junior also blitzed off of the edge a couple of times - something the coaches chose not to do in Texas.

  • Once again CB James Dockery locked down his side of the field. The Cardinals rarely threw his way and when they did they paid.

    Dockery made a diving interception with one minute left in the fourth quarter down the sidelines. It was his first of the season and the third of his career.

    “I just took a gamble," Dockery said. "It wasn’t the first time I got beat on the fade. Earlier in the game they were throwing at Brandon (Hardin). Brandon communicated to me that it was a back shorter fade, so I went up to play the hands so I didn’t give separation.

    "A pivot on an outside move is a little different than a regular fade route. It didn’t work out the first two times so I said if they come at me again I got to look back and take a chance."

  • S Dax Dilbeck injured his left knee in the fourth quarter. He was helped off of the field by trainers and his will most likely be out for the Boise State game.

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