The Louisville - TCU matchup on Wednesday night was somewhat of a role reversal for the two programs. In the previous three meetings between the Cardinals and Horned Frogs, TCU scored early and often, outscoring U of L 38-10 in the first quarter and 86-33 by halftime of those previous three games. It was Louisville's turn in the forth matchup, with the Cardinals surging to a first quarter lead of 24-7.
Louisville would outscore TCU 31-21 the rest of the way to secure the school's first 5-0 start in C-USA since 2001 with a 55-28 win.
The scoring for the Cardinals started quickly when Michael Bush found the end zone on a 12-yard run at the 12:14 mark of the first quarter. After forcing TCU to punt, quarterback Stefan LeFors completed a 14-yard pass to Joshua Tinch, then rushed 13-yards to the Frogs 32 yard line. LeFors found J.R. Russell on the next play for a 32-yard touchdown pass to put U of L up 14-0 with less than five minutes gone in the game. Art Carmody converted a 31-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0.
Following another TCU punt, Louisville once again marched down the field, as Tinch and Russell both pulled in first down receptions from LeFors. Broderick Clark pulled in a 42-yard pass from LeFors for the Cardinals third touchdown of the first quarter.
"We were able to get on them early and gain some momentum," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino. "They came after our offense with some blitzes early on and we were able to get some pass plays down field which really opened things up for us. Our receivers ran some good routes and our quarterbacks did a good job of getting them the ball. I'd like to be more stubborn and run the ball, but they were putting so many guys in the box that we just couldn't get enough going there."
By halftime Louisville had racked up over 300 yards of offense, while limited TCU to just 122 yards, including a dismal 27-yards on the ground.
Louisville quickly struck again early in the third quarter, when Russell pulled in his second touchdown reception of the night, this one a 25-yard pass from LeFors. Five minutes later, Michael Bush threw his third career touchdown pass when he found Broderick Clark on a 48-yard scoring play to give the Cardinals a comfortable 41-7 lead.
"We wanted to let our defense feel more comfortable with a lead and not put any pressure on them," said LeFors. "They did a great job tonight holding them in the first half. It was a great start and we finished it off well."
Louisville finished the game with 587 yards of offense, the sixth time this season that the Cardinals have eclipsed the 500 yard barrier.
Senior defensive end Marcus Jones led the Cardinal defense with 7 total tackles, including two sacks. Elvis Dumervil also recorded two sacks, while Robert McCune, who finished with 6 tackles, also added a sack.
Louisville will next travel to Houston to face the Cougars on November 20th.