USFNation Game Balls: USF at Louisville
1. Brian Brohm - For the entire first quarter, both the Bulls and the Cardinals struggled to move the ball at all. From that point on, Cardinals' quarterback Brian Brohm was on fire. After USF missed a 37 yard field goal, Brohm orchestrated a 10 play, 80 yard drive that ended with a four yard touchdown pass to Harry Douglas. On the final drive of the first half, Brohm set up Louisville for another scoring opportunity by completing a 28 yard pass to Gary Barnidge on the first play. From there the drive stalled, but the Cardinals were able to nail a 47 yard field goal to increase their lead to 10-0. On Louisville's first drive of the second half, Brohm hit Barnidge again, this time for a 26 yard play. Then later in the drive, Brohm hit Douglas for a 12 yard completion on second and 13 from the 21 yard line. Two plays later, running back Anthony Allen scored on a one yard rush. Before the third quarter could come to a close, Brohm would add another score to his belt courtesy of a five yard strike to Douglas. For the game, Brohm ended up completing 19-33 for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Harry Douglas - While Douglas may have not been the leading receiver since Gary Barnidge had five receptions for 112 yards, he was Brohm's main target in the end zone. Barnidge caught two touchdown pass on the day, one from four yards away and the other from five. By the end of the game, Barnidge had caught five passes for 112 yards along with his two scores. He was one of the first receivers all season long to completely haunt the Bulls' secondary.
3. Louisville defensive line - Saying that the Cardinals' defensive line harassed Matt Grothe all day long is a major understatement. The Louisville defense registered seven sacks on the day, and never gave the Bulls an opportunity to make any big plays. USF's rushing attack was held to only 93 yards rushing on 30 carries. That averages out to 1.6 yards per rush compared to the Cardinals' 4.8 average on the day. The Bulls were able to only gain 14 first downs on the day while failing most of the time on third down conversion. In fact, the Bulls' offense was able to convert only three times out of 15 attempts.
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