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.
George Stripling and Sergio Spencer each ran for two touchdowns,
ably filling in for Bush, to lead No. 13 Louisville to a 62-0 win
over Temple on Saturday.
"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.
Kurt Quarterman and Kolby Smith added touchdown runs for the
Cardinals (2-0) and Brian Brohm threw for 307 yards and a score in
their biggest win since beating Cincinnati 70-7 in 2004.
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
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
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
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
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.