LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Danny Wimprine threw a touchdown pass and
ran for another score as Memphis shut down Louisville's potent
offense in a 37-7 win on Saturday.
DeAngelo Williams rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown as the
Tigers (7-3, 3-2 Conference USA) won in Louisville for the first
time since 1983.
Memphis has won four straight games for the first time since
1994 and reached seven victories for the first time since 1976.
The Cardinals (7-3, 3-3) came into the game ranked fifth in the
nation in total offense (482 yards per game). They gained only 216
yards and 12 first downs -- both season lows -- against Memphis and
mustered their lowest point total since October 2001.
Louisville suffered its worst home loss since Kentucky's 68-34
win in the 1998 season opener -- the first game ever played at Papa
John's Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals got off to a good start, taking a 7-0 lead.
Tiger Jones blocked a Memphis punt with 8:32 left in the opening
quarter. Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors threw a 26-yard pass
to Joshua Tinch before Lionel Gates scored on a 12-yard touchdown
run. Gates was starting in place of Louisville's leading rusher
Eric Shelton, who's out for two weeks with a neck injury.
Later in the first quarter, LeFors had a pass deflected into the
hands of Memphis defensive tackle Eric Taylor, who returned it 52
yards for the tying touchdown. The Tigers scored on an interception
return for the third time in four games.
Williams, who leads the nation in all-purpose yardage, had a
17-yard touchdown run on the last play of the first quarter to give
the Tigers their first lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Wimprine hit Maurice Avery
for a 55-yard pass that gave the Tigers a first down at the
Louisville 5. The drive stalled, though, and the Tigers settled for
a 22-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
Memphis drove for another Gostkowski field goal and a 20-7 lead
just before halftime.
The Cardinals had not trailed by more than 11 points in any game
The Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half and
marched 80 yards in 11 plays. Wimprine went 4-for-5 on the drive
and finished it with a 1-yard touchdown run.
A Memphis punt pinned Louisville at its own 1-yard line later in
the third quarter. LeFors fumbled out of the back of the end zone
for a safety and a 30-7 Memphis lead.
Wimprine threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Darron White two