Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who set a single-game NCAA record for sacks in a game against Kentucky with six, established a new NCAA record for the most sacks in two consecutive games with nine.
Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who set a single-game NCAA record for sacks in a game against Kentucky with six, established a new NCAA record for the most sacks in two consecutive games with nine (former record: Pat Swilling of Georgia Tech who had eight in two games in 1995). Dumervil (pronounced DOO-mer-vil) finished the game with three sacks for a loss of 30 yards, six tackles and two forced fumbles.
Redshirt freshman WR Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards, tied for the 10th most yards ever for a U of L receiver. It was the most yards by a Cardinal receiver since Zek Parker had 184 receiving yards at Kentucky on Sept. 1, 2001. Urrutia (pronounced U-root-tee-uh) started at wide receiver for the second straight game, but this game marked his first career reception.
Sophomore QB Brian Brohm had a stellar outing, completing 18-of-22 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns. His completion percentage of 81.8 percent is tied for the second-best single-game completion percentage ever at U of L (best: Stefan LeFors, 12-of-14, 85.7 percent vs. East Carolina in 2004). In two games, Brohm has completed 37-of-49 passes (75.5 percent) for 547 yards and 5 TDs.
Brohm's five TD passes were the most for a U of L quarterback since Dave Ragone accomplished that feat against East Carolina on Oct. 26, 2002.
Sophomore WR Harry Douglas produced career highs in receptions (3) and yards (91) while scoring the first touchdown of his career.
Senior LB Brandon Johnson produced his second career interception return for a touchdown, a 15-yard TD pick in the third quarter (his first was a 20-yard interception against Cincinnati on Nov. 28, 2003). It was his third career defensive touchdown, scoring a TD last season against Cincinnati on a 24-yard blocked punt return (11/27/04). Johnson added three tackles and three assisted stops in the game.
Sophomore tight end Gary Barnidge caught his fifth career touchdown pass, a four-yarder from Brian Brohm in the first quarter. It was his fifth TD reception in only nine career receptions.
Freshman defensive tackle Earl Heyman made his collegiate debut on the last play of the first quarter. Heyman recovered a fumble in the second quarter off a sack from senior Elvis Dumervil.
Redshirt freshman QB Hunter Cantwell saw his first career action, connecting all three of his pass attempts for 60 yards.
The 63 Louisville points matched the most ever allowed by Oregon State (also vs. Stanford in 1981, and vs. USC in 1985). The combined 133 points in U of L's consecutive home games is the second-highest ever for the Cardinals and the most since producing 148 in back-to-back games in 1913.
U of L improved to 16-0 when scoring over 40 points under coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals have scored over 50 nine times in Petrino's third season at U of L. The Cardinals have produced over 40 points in 11 of the last 16 games.
U of L is 11-1 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in two years under head coach Bobby Petrino. The Cards have won seven straight home games.
Defensively, the Cardinals have held their first two opponents to a collective 89 rushing yards in 52 attempts (47 yards vs. UK, 42 vs. Oregon State). U of L entered the game ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense.
The sellout crowd of 42,647 was the third-largest ever in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.