Post game notes from No.17 Louisville's 41-17 win over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon
RB Kolby Smith produced career highs in rushing yards (96) and rushing attempts (20). He added 68 yards on four receptions.
RB George Stripling rushed for a career-high 137 yards on 10 carries, his second rushing effort over 100 yards this season. His 89-yard TD with 0:38 left in the game was the Cardinals' longest scoring play of the year.
QB Brian Brohm completed 14-of-24 passes for 219 yards. He had thrown 115 straight passes without an interception before Syracuse's Kellen Pruitt picked off his third pass of the game. He was picked off twice in the game, totalling just five interceptions in his 301 passing attempts on the season. Brohm entered the game third in the nation in passing efficiency and 15th in total offense. He went down with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter with an injury to his right knee and did not return.
WR Montrell Jones produced a career-high 118 receiving yards on six catches, the second 100-yard receiving game of his career (other: 112 yds., 4 catches vs. Cincinnati on 11/27/04). His performance included a 60-yard TD catch on the Cardinals' second play from scrimmage, the longest of his eight career touchdown receptions.
Louisville committed an uncharacteristic five fumbles (two lost), its most in a single game since having six fumbles in a 40-34 overtime victory over Kentucky on Sept. 2, 2000. The Cardinals committed four turnovers, its most since losing the ball on four occasions in a 43-40 victory at Cincinnati on Nov. 28, 2003.
WR Joshua Tinch extended his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception, finishing with four catches for 40 yards. He also became the seventh player in Louisville history with over 150 career pass receptions (now 153 career catches for 2,148 yards).
U of L won its 12th straight game at home, the longest winning streak in school history and the fourth longest in the nation. U of L is 16-1 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium under head coach Bobby Petrino.
PK Art Carmody booted his 11th and 12th field goal of the season, which is tied for fifth on the school's single-season list. It also gives him 23 for his career, which places him fifth in school history.
U of L set an average season attendance record, averaging 41,001 fans in six home games (246,007 total). All six home games in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium this year were sold out, although today's crowd of 37,896 was under capacity.
LB Brandon Johnson recorded his fourth career interception on the last play of the third quarter, setting up a 44-yard field goal by Art Carmody.
The game marked the final home contest for 14 Louisville seniors, including WR Broderick Clark, OT Jeremy Darveau, DE Elvis Dumervil, WR Robert Haskins, WR Jason Horton, LB Brandon Johnson, WR Montrell Jones, OT Travis Leffew, DE Chad Rimpsey, DT Jeremy Seguin, S Antoine Sharp, OG Jason Spitz, DT Montavious Stanley, WR Joshua Tinch. The senior class owns a four-year record of 35-13.
RB Michael Bush missed his second straight game with a bruised bone in his right foot, an injury suffered against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. He leads the nation in scoring (15.7 points per game) and is 13th nationally in rushing (116.0 yards per game, second in the BIG EAST Conference).
U of L improved to 22-1 when scoring over 40 points under coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals have produced over 40 points in 18 of the last 24 games.
The University of Louisville-Connecticut football game on Saturday, December 3, will be played at 7:45 p.m. ESPN.
The Cardinals (8-2) close out their first season in the BIG EAST with their first-ever trip to East Hartford, Conn. Louisville will be trying to win its ninth game for the third time under head coach Bobby Petrino.