Scores

Final

Louisville 29

(3-2, 0-1 ACC)

NC State 10

(1-4, 0-2 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 7 9 0 1329
NCST 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: B. Brohm (LOU) - 251 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Bolen (LOU) - 18 CAR, 112 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bowens (NCST) - 4 REC, 89 YDS

Louisville 29, N.C. State 10

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Louisville's maligned defense forced a season-high five turnovers and the Cardinals overcame Brian Brohm's least productive performance of the season in a 29-10 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday night.

Brock Bolen rushed for a career-high 112 yards and a touchdown, as the Cardinals ground game rolled up 247 yards to help take the pressure off Brohm and avoid yet another shootout.

Brohm followed his career-high 555-yard performance last week against Syracuse by completing 20-of-33 passes for 251 yards -- his lowest yardage total since Rutgers held him to 163 in a loss last November. Brohm threw a scoring pass to George Stripling and had one interception.

Art Carmody added three field goals and kicked the NCAA-record 227th extra point of his career for the Cardinals (3-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak that knocked them from the national rankings.

But the biggest surprise might have come from Louisville's defense. A week after allowing four touchdown passes and 423 yards through the air in a second straight upset, the Cardinals clamped down on the punchless Wolfpack (1-4) by forcing three fumbles, intercepting two passes and holding them to 85 yards rushing.

Their final takeaway -- Lamar Myles' recovery of Andre Brown's fourth-quarter fumble near midfield -- led to the 18-yard TD toss from Brohm to Stripling that completed the scoring and iced the game.

The productivity of Louisville's passing game likely suffered because Brohm's favorite target was held out. Leading receiver Harry Douglas was in uniform but didn't play after he was hurt in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Syracuse.

Still, it was enough to deal the woeful Wolfpack (1-4) their 11th straight loss against a team from the Bowl Subdivision. Harrison Beck was 17-of-28 for 181 yards with two interceptions before he injured his collarbone midway through the third period.

One-time starter Daniel Evans relieved him and accounted for N.C. State's only touchdown when he flipped a 2-yard scoring pass to Ced Hickman that pulled the Wolfpack within 16-10 late in the third.

The Cardinals pulled away in the fourth, scoring on Bolen's 2-yard scoring run and adding Brohm's touchdown pass to Stripling.

Carmody followed the Cardinals' first touchdown -- Anthony Allen's 7-yard scoring run that capped the game's opening drive -- with his record-breaking extra point, surpassing Bowling Green's Shawn Suisham, who had 226 from 2001-04.

The Cardinals also were without defensive lineman Peanut Whitehead, who left the team to deal with family issues.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
NCST
1st Downs2618
Total Yards498334
Passing251249
Rushing24785
Penalties6-605-31
3rd Down Conversions8-166-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers15
Possession38:1821:42

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brohm20/332517.611
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Beck17/281816.502

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolen181126.2120
Allen19854.5119
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown16925.8044
Eugene492.3011

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Guy25025.0026
Urrutia5499.8016
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowens48922.3053
Blackman44411.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUNCST
TD10:44Anthony Allen 7 Yd Run (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 68 yds, 4:16
70
SECOND QUARTERLOUNCST
FG06:48Arthur Carmody 27 Yd
Drive: 17 plays, 70 yds, 8:25
100
FG04:08Arthur Carmody 42 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:29
130
FG00:47Steven Hauschka 42 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 34 yds, 1:50
133
FG00:00Arthur Carmody 30 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 55 yds, :46
163
THIRD QUARTERLOUNCST
TD05:01Cedric Hickman 2 Yd Pass From Daniel Evans (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 58 yds, 2:03
1610
FOURTH QUARTERLOUNCST
TD11:54Brock Bolen 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 11 plays, 82 yds, 3:53
2210
TD07:32George Stripling 18 Yd Pass From Brian Brohm (Arthur Carmody Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 56 yds, 3:44
2910