WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Having Bobby Ross on the sideline didn't
make a difference for Army.
The Black Knights lost their 16th straight game in their new
coach's debut Saturday, getting routed by Stefan LeFors and
Louisville 52-21 on Saturday
"Obviously I wasn't pleased with the result, there's no
question about that," said Ross, who's won a national title and
coached in a Super Bowl. "Our season isn't one game We'll
build on what we've got and get better."
LeFors went 18-for-24 passes for 270 yards for the Cardinals
"I was happy with the way we came out and got the game
started," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "We wanted to make
a point of coming in and throwing the football and moving it
around. Getting different guys involved."
Michael Bush ran for two touchdowns and Broderick Clark caught
six passes for 122 yards as Louisville gained 574 yards, giving
Ross a rude welcome back to coaching.
The 67-year-old Ross led Georgia Tech to a national championship
in 1990, the San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl in 1995 and last
coached the Detroit Lions in 2000. He was lured out of retirement
last year to take the helm at Army (0-1), coming off the first 0-13
season in major college football.
The Black Knights haven't won since 2002.
A missed coverage assignment on the second play of the game left
Clark wide open on the sideline and LeFors hit him for a 61-yard
gain to the Army 7.
Lionel Gates' 2-yard TD run three plays later capped the 75-yard
On the first play of the second quarter, Louisville's Kerry
Rhodes blocked Tom Dyrenforth's punt, giving the Cardinals the ball
at the Army 13. Rhodes was kicked in the head while making the play
and suffered a concussion. He didn't return to the game.
Art Carmody followed with a 28-yard field goal.
On Louisville's next possession, Bush scored his first TD of the
game on a 12-yard run.
After watching highly touted freshman Brian Brohm lead the
offense for two series, LeFors returned to lead Louisville on an
seamless six-play, 70-yard drive, capped by Kurt Quarterman's
1-yard TD run.
That gave the Cardinals a 24-0 lead with 3:19 left in the half.
"We went out there and executed and they happened to be all big
plays," LeFors said. "I was taking what the defense was giving
Army answered with a 73-yard drive capped by Carlton Jones's
18-year TD run. Jones slipped a few tackles to lodge the first
score against the Cardinals this season. Louisville shutout
Kentucky in its opener.
Jones had 13 rushes for 93 yards.
Bush added his second 12-yard TD run early in the second half to
put Louisville up 31-7.
On the next Army possession, Reggie Nevels hit Bruce Brown with
a 60-yard TD. Brown led Army receivers with 90 yards on four
catches. Nevels went 9-for-19 for 126 yards.
Louisville added TDs on LeFors's 4-yard pass to Kolby Smith, a
1-yard run by Brohm and a 21-yard run by Reggie Bradshaw to make it