3:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, LOUISVILLE, KY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Stefan LeFors threw two early touchdown passes before suffering a concussion and Louisville improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1993 with a 21-12 win over Temple on Saturday.
LeFors, who ranks seventh in the nation in pass efficiency, went 5-for-7 for 100 yards. He took a hard hit from Temple safety Sadeke Konte on Louisville's second possession. LeFors threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Richard Owens four plays later, but his day was over.
Redshirt freshman Justin Rascati replaced LeFors and struggled, going 8-of-16 for 97 yards with two interceptions.
Temple starting quarterback Mike McGann went 24-of-45 for 304 yards with a touchdown pass for the Owls, who are 0-4 for the third time since 1998.
The Cardinals needed only 55 seconds to take a 7-0 lead, scoring on their first possession for the third time in four games.
On second down from the Louisville 45, LeFors found J.R. Russell on a crossing route and the junior receiver weaved through Temple's defense to the end zone.
On Louisville's next drive, LeFors took the Konte hit on a 6-yard scramble. When he came off the field after his second TD pass, he removed his helmet, wrapped his neck in a towel and talked to team doctor Raymond Shea.
Rascati, who saw his first action against UTEP last week, threw an interception on his second throw, but guided the Cardinals to another touchdown just before halftime. Tight end Ronnie Ghent made a juggling catch in the front corner of the end zone with six seconds left for a 21-0 Louisville lead.
The Cardinals held the Owls to minus-12 rushing yards in the first half.
Temple penetrated Louisville territory three times in the third quarter, but punted after their first drive and botched a fake field goal on the second.
Backup quarterback Walter Washington threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Phil Goodman on the last play of the third quarter. Louisville's Josh Minkins blocked Jared Davis' extra-point kick attempt, the 13th kick the Cardinals have deflected in the past two seasons.
McGann returned in the fourth quarter and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Zamir Cobb with 7:37 left. Backup kicker Roger Price missed the extra-point kick.
The Owls drove to the Louisville 21 late in the fourth quarter, but Elvis Dumervil stripped the ball from McGann and recovered the fumble with 1:25 left.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-0|
|TD||14:05||J.R. RUSSELL 55 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||4:44||RICHARD OWENS 7 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:06||RONNIE GHENT 23 YD PASS FROM JUSTIN RASCATI (NATE SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yards.
|TD||0:00||PHIL GOODMAN 26 YD PASS FROM WALTER WASHINGTON (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||7:37||ZAMIR ABDUL-HAKIM COBB 33 YD PASS FROM MIKE MCGANN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 53 yards.