1:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004
Michie Stadium, WEST POINT, NY
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 (2-0).
"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 drive.
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 me."
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 52-14.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||11-15||3-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||13:17||LIONEL GATES 2 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards.
|FG||13:27||ARTHUR CARMODY 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||7:39||MICHAEL BUSH 12 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yards.
|TD||3:25||KURT QUARTERMAN 1 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||1:10||CARLTON JONES 18 YD RUN (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||9:34||MICHAEL BUSH 12 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||7:27||BRUCE BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM REGGIE NEVELS (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:50||KOLBY SMITH 4 YD PASS FROM STEFAN LEFORS (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||12:37||BRIAN BROHM 1 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 34 yards.
|TD||2:27||REGGIE BRADSHAW 21 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||1:11||JARED ULEKOWSKI 2 YD PASS FROM MATT SILVA (AUSTIN MILLER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 81 yards.