The (7-4, 3-3) Bulls had no answer for the arm of Brian Brohm and fell to tenth ranked Louisville 31-8. For the (9-1, 4-1) Cardinals, Brohm picked apart the Bulls' defense and completed 19-33 for 274 yards and two touchdowns. For the majority of the first quarter, USF and Louisville were in a defensive battle. Neither team gained a first down until Brian Brohm connected on a 10 yard completion with 5:37 left in the opening quarter. A few plays later, Brohm hit Kolby Smith in the middle of the field for a 27 yard gain. Smith was chased down at the two yard line by George Selvie, who not only made the touchdown saving tackle but also forced Smith to fumble which Mike Jenkins recovered.
Beginning at their own one yard line, the Bulls marched down the field thanks to a great jumping 12 yard catch by Amarri Jackson and a 21 yard completion to Taurus Johnson. The drive stalled though after Matt Grothe was sacked at the at the twenty yard line on the third down. Grothe was harassed all day by a Louisville defense that registered six sacks on Saturday. Grothe threw for 237 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while completing 15-31. This set up a 37 yard field goal attempt by Delbert Alverado, but the kick sailed wide right.
The Cardinals were quick to take advantage of the USF miscue and put together their nicest drive of the game. After beginning the drive with an 11 yard rush, Brohm completed a 13 yard pass and Smith broke free for a 21 yard gain.
A roughing the passer penalty set up Louisville at the Bulls' 20 yard line. Five consecutive rushes by four different players moved the ball for the Cardinals down to the seven yard line. Two plays later on third and goal, Brohm found a wide-open Harry Douglas in the end zone to give Louisville a 7-0 advantage after driving 80 yards in 10 plays. Douglas had a huge game with seven receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Louisville was able to add some more points on the scoreboard with a minute remaining in the first half. After forcing the Bulls to punt, the Cardinals opened up the drive with a 28 yard rush by Gary Barnidge. The Bulls' defense refused to break and would not allow another first down, but Arthur Carmody did connect on a 47 yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 10-0 lead at halftime.
After the Bulls struggled to move the ball on the opening drive of the second half, Louisville put together perhaps their most productive drive of the game. Brohm opened up the possession with a 26 yard pass to Barnidge followed by a 12 yard completion to Mario Urrutia. A few plays later, Anthony Allen scored on a one yard rushing touchdown to give the Cardinals a 17-0 advantage.
USF was, once again, forced to punt after barely being able to move the ball, and Louisville was there waiting to take advantage. Facing third and 23 from their own 31 yard line, Brohm found Harry Douglas for a 40 yard completion. Then a few plays later, Brohm hit Douglas again, this time for a five yard touchdown to put the Cardinals on top 24-0.
The lead remained out of reach for the Bulls until the middle of the fourth quarter. After Grothe completed three consecutive passes, he found Amp Hill for a 44 yard touchdown. The two point conversion was successful after Grothe completed a pass to Ben Busbee.
The last hope that the Bulls had went out the window after the Cardinals recovered the onside kick. This recovery would eventually lead to another Louisville score, courtesy of a seven yard rushing touchdown of Anthony Allen.
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