MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Even with a new quarterback, No. 8
Louisville keeps rolling along.
Hunter Cantwell, starting in place of injured Heisman hopeful
Brian Brohm, threw for 173 yards and a touchdown and the Cardinals
came away with a ragged 24-6 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
Louisville, 4-0 for the third time in Bobby Petrino's four years
as coach, never seemed in danger of losing to the Wildcats (3-1).
But the Cardinals sometimes appeared flat a week after a big win
over then-No. 17 Miami vaulted them into their highest ranking in
Cantwell directed a 97-yard touchdown drive on the Cardinals'
first possession, capped by Harry Douglas' 19-yard touchdown catch.
But Louisville managed only 87 total yards the rest of the half
in taking 10-0 lead. In one careless stretch in the second half,
the Cardinals turned the ball over on three straight possessions.
But Kansas State was unable to take advantage as Ron Prince
sustained his first loss since replacing Bill Snyder as coach.
Thomas Clayton's 69-yard scoring run after Louisville had taken a
24-0 lead in the fourth quarter enabled the Wildcats to avoid their
first shutout at home since 1991.
Louisville's offense, which came in leading the nation with more
than 563 yards and 50 points per game, totaled 393 yards against
Kansas State's young defense.
After George Stripling's 1-yard run put the Cardinals on top
17-0 in the third quarter, Louisville turned the ball over on two
fumbles and an interception.
Marcus Watts picked off Cantwell's underthrown ball and returned
it 58 yards to the Cardinals 19. But freshman Josh Freeman, who had
replaced Dylan Meier at quarterback, was sacked for a five-yard
loss on third down and then Malik Jackson blocked Jeff Snodgrass'
40-yard field goal attempt and Louisville took possession on the
Two plays later, Brock Bolen scored on a 17-yard run for a 24-0
Cantwell, making his third career start and first since Brohm
was injured against Miami, was 18-for-26 with one interception.
Art Carmody kicked a 25-yard field goal for the Cardinals with
4:17 left in the half after Jon Russell's 53-yard interception
return to the 15.
In the third quarter, Bolen went around right end for 22 yards
on third and 1, then Kolby Smith picked up 19 yards to the 7 on a
perfectly thrown pass by Cantwell.
Kansas State had to call timeout because it had only 10 men on
the field, and then Stripling scored on a one-yard run.
Bolen made it 24-0 on the second play of the fourth quarter when
he scored on a 17-yard run.
Smith and Stripling, who are combining to replace injured star
running back Michael Bush, each had 63 yards rushing while Bolen
had 53 yards on five carries.
Clayton wound up with 119 yards for Kansas State.
Freeman, Kansas State's most highly touted freshman in years,
hit 3-of-10 passes for 18 yards. Meier was 14-of-33 for 121 yards,
but both quarterbacks were harried all day by a Cardinal defense
which has allowed only six points in two road games.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Hunter Cantwell connected with Harry Douglas on a 19-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
Gameball goes to... Brian Brohm's replacement proved he could keep Louisville's offense rolling. Cantwell finished with 172 yards passing and 1 TD.
Stat of the game... 3-for-16: Kansas State had more third-down opportunities, but couldn't get anything going.