Louisville defense controlling USF

Louisville has star running back Bilal Powell in the lineup but is starting quarterback Justin Burke over the injured Adam Froman for the second straight week.

The story after one quarter, though, is the Cardinals' defense. South Florida has had four possessions, ending in three punts and one fumble as Darius Ashley sacked then stripped quarterback B.J. Daniels. That led to a touchdown pass from Burke to Andrell Smith for a 7-0 lead.

South Florida had only 26 total yards in the first half, and Daniels had just 2 passing yards. The Bulls had looked better on offense the past two games, but Louisville's defense is playing with a lot of confidence and energy right now. So far, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium remains a house of horrors for USF.