Rutgers 5

(6-4, 3-2 away)

(23) Louisville 56

(7-2, 5-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

8:00 PM ET, November 11, 2005

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

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RUTG 3 2 0 05
#23LOU 14 7 28 756

Top Performers

Passing: B. Brohm (LOU) - 315 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: G. Stripling (LOU) - 11 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Tinch (LOU) - 10 REC, 183 YDS, 1 TD

Brohm, Smith lead Cardinals in rout over Scarlet Knights

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Even taking away one of the nation's leading scorers didn't seem to slow down the Louisville Cardinals.

Brian Brohm passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 23 Louisville rout Rutgers 56-5 on Friday night.

Running back Kolby Smith, filling in for the injured Michael Bush, scored three touchdowns for Louisville (7-2, 3-2 Big East), which won its third straight game and extended its home streak to 11 games, tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I-A.

Louisville scored more than 40 points for the sixth straight game despite the absence of Bush, who ranks second in Division I-A with 21 touchdowns. The junior didn't suit up and missed a game for the first time in his college career because of a sprained foot. He was injured in the Cardinals' win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 3.

"You always miss a great player, but I think the players on this team have taken a lot of pride in overcoming obstatcles when we have a player down -- not only the offensive players, but the defensive players," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "We were very fortunate that we played that well."

Rutgers (6-4, 3-3) hasn't beaten a ranked team since Sept. 24, 1988, when it upset Penn State 21-16. The Scarlet Knights have lost to South Florida and Louisville since becoming bowl-eligible two weeks ago, giving up 101 points in the two games.

Rutgers, which entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Big East in total offense, behind Louisville, managed only nine first downs and finished with 187 yards of offense, almost 200 below its average.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Teel, making his third career start, completed 12 of 24 passes for 91 yards and threw two interceptions. The running back tandem of Ray Rice and Brian Leonard combined for only 79 yards on 20 carries after entering the game averaging 150.3 rushing yards per game.

"We really didn't play like ourselves," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "We didn't really capitalize on anything. I don't think we played as well as we could and that is what we need to work on."

Smith carried 17 times for 55 yards, scoring on runs of 5 and 4 yards and catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brohm, who completed 23 of 31 passes. The three-touchdown game was the second of his career for Smith, a junior.

Brohm also threw scoring passes of 1 yard to Breno Giacomini and 36 yards to Joshua Tinch. Tinch caught 10 passes for 183 yards, a career high in the latter category.

"It always puts a smile on my face when Joshua has that much production because he works hard to get that," Petrino said.

Rutgers actually outgained Louisville 130 yards to 128 yards in the first half but trailed 21-5.

The Scarlet Knights took a 3-0 lead on Jeremy Ito's 32-yard first-quarter field goal. Louisville's Sergio Spencer returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards to the Rutgers 29, setting up a 1-yard sneak by Brohm for a touchdown.

Louisville scored again on its next possession, covering 67 yards in six plays that included a 36-yard pass from Brohm to Tinch. Smith scored on a 5-yard run to put the Cardinals ahead 14-3.

Rutgers' Manny Collins blocked a Todd Flannery punt out of the end zone for a safety, making it 14-5. But Flannery's next punt covered a career-long 64 yards and rolled dead at the Rutgers 1.

The Scarlet Knights managed one first down, but on a third-and-10 play, Teel underthrew a receiver and was intercepted by safety Jon Russell, who returned the football 31 yards to the Rutgers 4. Smith scored his second touchdown on the next play, 50 seconds before halftime.

Louisville scored touchdowns on its first five second-half possessions, including a 1-yard run by Kurt Quarterman, a guard who lined up in the backfield. It was the third career score for the 6-foot-5, 341-pound lineman.

"To be the top offense in the country," Tinch said, "you've got to do good in the third and fourth quarter," Tinch said.

Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil did not record a sack, keeping his season total at 20. Dumervil, one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, is four sacks shy of the Division I-A single-season record set by Terrell Suggs of Arizona State in 2002. The NCAA began keeping defensive records in 2000.