Notebook: Cards 31 Canes 13

Will Gardner

A look of some of the news and notes following the University of Louisville's 31-13 victory over visiting Miami on Monday night

***Louisville's contest against Miami marked the football program's first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

***Louisville game captains were Lorenzo Mauldin, Charles Gaines, Jake Smith, and Will Gardner.

***Miami won the toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received the ball to start the game.

***Monday night's attendance was 55,428, a Papa John's Cardinal Stadium record. The previous high 55,386, set versus Kentucky on Sept. 2, 2012.

***Louisville now has won four-consecutive season openers, dating back to the 2011.

***Louisville's victory over ACC foe Miami marked the school's second-consecutive win over a conference member in a league debut (lost 26-6 to North Texas State on Sept. 28, 1963, in Missouri Valley; lost 24-7 to Southern Miss on Sept. 28, 1996, in C-USA; lost 45-14 to USF on Sept. 24, 2005, in BIG EAST; won 30-7 over Temple on Oct. 5, 2013, in AAC).

***Louisville is unbeaten in its last seven games, dating back to Oct. 26, 2013. The streak started with a 34-3 win over USF in Tampa, Fla.

***Records following Louisville's victory over Miami:

  Head coach Bobby Petrino moved his collegiate career record to 84-30, while moving his record at Louisville to 42-9.

  Petrino is 10-0 in season openers as a college head coach (5-0 Louisville; 4-0 Arkansas; 1-0 Western Kentucky).

  Louisville moved to 77-26 all-time in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

  Under head coach Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals moved to 23-1 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

  Louisville is now 24-3 over its last 27 games.

***In his first career start, quarterback Will Gardner went 20-for-28 for 206 yards, with two touchdowns.

***Will Gardner logged his third career touchdown - Louisville's first as members of the ACC - pass in the first quarter, connecting with Charles Standberry - his first career catch - from 2-yards out with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter. He went 5-for-5 for 50 yards on the scoring drive.

***First-year starting quarterbacks have enjoyed remarkable success under head coach Bobby Petrino. Will Gardner, the fifth under Petrino, had one of the best season openers of the group.

  2014 - Will Gardner: 20-28, 206 yards, 2 TDs (vs. Miami)
  2011 - Tyler Wilson: 18-24, 260 yards, 2 TDs (vs. Missouri State)
  2009 - Ryan Mallett: 17-22, 309 yards, 1 TD (vs. Missouri State)
  2005 - Brian Brohm: 19-27, 179 yards, 0 TDs (vs. Kentucky)
  2003 - Stefan LeFors: 14-23, 180 yards, 1 TD (vs. Kentucky)

***Miami secured its initial first down of the game with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Hurricanes finished with just 12 for the game through 56 plays.

***Louisville has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in its last 15 games, extending back to the win over Rutgers (Nov. 29, 2012).

***The Cardinals limited Miami to only 70 yards (on 27 carries). The last time an opponent failed to reach at least 100 yards on the ground was Nov. 29, 2012, when Rutgers logged just 54 yards.

***Louisville held Miami to 1-for-13 on third-down conversions.

***Louisville's 43 rushing attempts are tied with the 2012 squad's 43 attempts against North Carolina in 2012 (Sept. 15). The Cardinals rushed 46 times against Kentucky earlier that season (Sept. 2).

***Dominique Brown finished with a career-high 33 rushes for a personal-best 143 yards, while tacking on one score. He was the first player to rush for more than 100 yards since he went for 137 last season against Houston on Nov. 16.

***In the second quarter, Corvin Lamb sprinted 97 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff, the fifth-longest return in school history.

***It's the first kickoff return for a touchdown since Charles Gaines returned a kickoff for a score last season, going 93 yards against FIU (Sept. 21, 2013).

***Gerod Holliman registered his first career interception to conclude the game, picking off the pass at Louisville's 3-yard line. He returned it 61 yards. He finished the game with five total tackles, four solo.

***James Sample led the defense with eight total tackles - six solo - and also recorded his first career interception in the third quarter at the Louisville 46-yard line.

***DeAngelo Brown, Keith Kelsey, James Sample, Tobijah Hughley, James Quick, and Will Gardner each earned their first career starts on Monday night.

***Three true freshmen played in the contest against Miami: Trumaine Washington, L.J. Scott, and Charles Standberry. Also making their first appearances in Louisville uniforms: Kelby Johnson, James Sample, Chucky Williams, George Clements, Pio Vatuvei, Tobijah Hughley, Dontez Byrd, and Trevon Young.

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