Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 23

(2-5, 1-3 C-USA)

Louisville 42

(4-2, 0-1 American)

3:30 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, LOUISVILLE, KY

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 14 3 0 623
LOU 7 7 7 2142

Top Performers

Passing: J. Craddock (MTU) - 152 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: V. Anderson (LOU) - 19 CAR, 161 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Tanner (MTU) - 3 REC, 37 YDS, 1 TD

Bolen carries Louisville against Middle Tennessee

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Brock Bolen's three rushing touchdowns helped Louisville to a 42-23 win over Middle Tennessee despite inconsistent early play by quarterback Hunter Cantwell.

Bolen ran for 67 yards and Victor Anderson ran for 161 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown.

The Blue Raiders (2-5) took advantage of two first-quarter interceptions by Cantwell. Jeremy Kelley returned the first one for a 14-yard touchdown and less than three minutes later, an interception by Ivon Hickmon set up a 39-yard pass from wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt to Phillip Tanner to give the Blue Raiders a 14-0 lead.

But Bolen ran for 1-yard scores in the third and fourth quarter, and Cantwell's 1-yard touchdown pass to Johnnie Burns capped a second half in which Louisville outscored the Blue Raiders 28-6.

Early in the game, it looked like it would be another like last season's shootout when Louisville won 58-42. Though the Cardinals won that game, the Blue Raiders ran up 555 yards of offense, compared to 306 on Saturday. The Cardinals had 391 offensive yards.

With the Blue Raiders up 14-0, Bolen scored his first touchdown on a three-yard run up the middle.

The Cardinals forced the Blue Raiders to punt on their next series but found themselves pinned down on their own 12. Anderson's 88-yard run up the middle, the fourth longest in Louisville history, on second down tied the score at 14-14. The Blue Raiders went into half time with a 17-14 lead after Alan Gendreau's 42-yard score.

Louisville's defense, ranked 30th in the nation going into the game, forced Middle Tennessee to punt on seven of eight drives after the Blue Raiders' second touchdown, and held the Blue Raiders to 93 yards of offense in the second half.

Middle Tennessee switched back and forth between quarterbacks, using the more mobile Dwight Dasher on several possessions. Dasher finished with 31 rushing yards and 10 passing yards. Phillip Tanner led the Blue Raiders in rushing with 46 yards on 13 carries.

Louisville used its rushing game to control the clock in the second half, holding the ball for 19:33, to Middle Tennessee's 10:27. Bolen scored two more touchdowns of a yard each in the second half and Johnny Patrick recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put the game out of reach for good.

Cantwell added an insurance touchdown pass to Johnnie Burns with 2:30 to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
LOU
1st Downs2019
Total Yards306391
Passing201144
Rushing105247
Penalties10-875-40
3rd Down Conversions6-167-15
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers02
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock16/281525.410
LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cantwell14/231446.312

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner13463.5017
Dasher9313.4010
LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson191618.5188
Bolen20673.4326

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner33712.3139
King5336.6011
LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Long34916.3027
Guy24321.5027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTULOU
TD09:27Jeremy Kellem 14 Yd Interception Return (Alan Gendreau Kick) 70
TD06:36Phillip Tanner 39 Yd Pass From Patrick Honeycutt (Alan Gendreau Kick) 140
TD02:02Brock Bolen 3 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERMTULOU
TD11:21Victor Anderson 88 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 1414
FG02:11Alan Gendreau 42 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERMTULOU
TD05:25Brock Bolen 1 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 1721
FOURTH QUARTERMTULOU
TD12:56Brock Bolen 1 Yd Run (Ryan Payne Kick) 1728
TD11:13Johnny Patrick 0 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Ryan Payne Kick) 1735
TD02:30Johnnie Burns 1 Yd Pass From Hunter Cantwell (Ryan Payne Kick) 1742
TD00:36Malcolm Beyah 16 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2342