12:00 PM ET, September 9, 2006
Lincoln Financial Field, PHILADELPHIA, PA
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- No Michael Bush, no worries in the running game for Louisville.
Well, for one game at least. Next week against Miami, the competition gets a whole lot tougher.
"I wanted to score some more," Spencer said. "I didn't want to come out of the game."
A ridiculously lopsided game thanks to his touchdowns and scores on 10 straight possessions made some early rest possible.
Mario Urrutia had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, and the Cardinals finished with 671 yards of total offense -- the fifth-highest total in school history. The winning margin on the road was the third-highest in team history.
With a game against Miami next week, the lowly Owls (0-2) were a perfect tuneup for the redesigned backfield now that Bush is lost for the season with a broken leg. Bush led the nation in scoring last year, averaging 14.4 points per game while scoring a school-record 23 touchdowns, but was hurt on the second play of the second half in the opener against Kentucky.
Louisville finished with 312 yards rushing on 43 attempts, and a whopping 7.3 yards per carry.
"We feel sad for Michael. We work side-by-side," Spencer said. "We know what each other does. But we feel confident."
While they all run against a tougher defense in practice, Smith had 86 yards rushing, and Stripling and Spencer each had 72 before sitting out most of the fourth quarter. They even used their speed to turn short catches into long gains and set up scores.
"I think they're pretty confident," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "They've played a lot of football games. It's not like it's new to them. We're going to rotate them in and keep them fresh. They all do some good things."
On fourth-and-4 at the Louisville 39 late in the first half, Stripling turned a catch in the flat into a 43-yard gain down the right sideline. Two plays later, Spencer scored on a 1-yard run for a 42-0 lead.
Yes, 42-0. With 443 yards of total offense. At the half. On the road.
Then again, the Owls are overmatched against most teams. Temple, which went 0-11 last year, has lost 14 straight. The Owls lost seven games last year by more than 30 points, including two losses of more than 60.
"Could we have beaten this team, no," coach Al Golden said. "I'm looking at it right now, saying there's no way we could have beaten them. Did we prepare like heck to beat them? Yeah. But if you don't learn from this, you're not going to evolve as a program."
The Owls best shot to score their first touchdown of the season came late in the third when Jason Harper's 67-yard reception took the ball down to the 2. But on the next play, the Owls lost a fumble.
It was Louisville's first shutout since a 34-0 win against North Carolina in the third game of the 2004 season.
"We came out and dominated the whole game," linebacker Nate Harris said. "I told my teammates to dominate who you're supposed to dominate."
Playing in front of a sparse crowd in their home opener, the Owls managed a stop and an interception on Louisville's first two possession. Then, predictably, the game fell apart.
Smith scored on a 3-yard run on the Cardinals' third drive and they needed only two plays on their next possession for Brohm to connect with Urrutia for a 57-yard score.
Quarterman added a 1-yard run and Stripling had TD runs of 17 and 3 yards in the half.
Spencer made it 49-0 with a 4-yard run early in the third. With a lopsided score and Bush's injury still fresh, Brohm was pulled for good with 5 minutes left in the third quarter.
Brohm said he has plenty of confidence in Bush's replacements. They'll be needed to deliver similar results against Miami.
"We've got a lot of guys who know the system and can run the football real hard," he said. "Those combination of guys will help us keep a strong running game."
Art Carmody kicked field goals of 23 and 51 yards, and Deriontae Taylor rushed for a 1-yard TD in the fourth.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... A. Game on schedule.
B. Louisville reaches stadium.
C. 14-0 lead after one quarter.
D. All of the above.
Answer = D
Gameball goes to... Michael Bush's replacements. Kolby Smith, Sergio Spencer and George Stripling combined for 231 rushing yards and 5 TDs.
Stat of the game... 674: The total yards amassed by Louisville. There were 359 passing yards and 315 rushing yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-13||3-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-3|
|TD||6:23||KOLBY SMITH 3 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||4:20||MARIO URRUTIA 57 YD PASS FROM BRIAN BROHM (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||12:17||KURT QUARTERMAN 1 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||8:39||GEORGE STRIPLING 17 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yards.
|TD||2:47||GEORGE STRIPLING 3 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 94 yards.
|TD||0:09||SERGIO SPENCER 1 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||8:27||SERGIO SPENCER 4 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yards.
|FG||14:50||ARTHUR CARMODY 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||10:42||DERIONTAE TAYLOR 1 YD RUN (ARTHUR CARMODY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||5:12||ARTHUR CARMODY 51 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 27 yards.