Scores

Final

Louisville 17

(5-6, 2-4 American)

South Florida 55

(8-3, 3-3 American)

8:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Raymond James Stadium, TAMPA, FL

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 3 7 0 717
USF 20 21 0 1455

Top Performers

Passing: M. Grothe (USF) - 194 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Ford (USF) - 24 CAR, 140 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: H. Douglas (LOU) - 8 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD

South Florida 55, Louisville 17

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Louisville's potent offense was no match for South Florida's tenacious defense.

Mike Ford rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns and USF forced seven turnovers while holding Brian Brohm to a season-low passing total as the Bulls manhandled the Cardinals 55-17 on Saturday night.

Brohm was intercepted three times and his backup, Hunter Cantwell, was picked off once. The Cardinals also lost three fumbles while being held to 405 yards, well below their Big East-leading season average of 497.6 per game.

Louisville (5-6, 2-4) turned the ball over on the opening kickoff and never recovered.

Trent Guy fumbled returning the kick, USF's Nate Allen picked up the loose ball at the Cardinals 3 and continued into the end zone, a place the Bulls would visit five more times in the first half alone.

USF (8-3, 3-3) also scored on Trae Williams' 64-yard interception return and Ford's 6-yard TD that capped an 89-yard drive in which the freshman tailback also ran for 43 and 23 yards on consecutive plays.

Ford carried 24 times a week after posting the first 100-yard game of his career.

Meanwhile, dual-threat quarterback Matt Grothe scored on a 14-yard run and threw TD passes of 7 yards to Marcus Edwards and 30 yards to Carlton Mitchell to help the Bulls to a 41-10 halftime lead.

Brohm completed 18 of 37 passes for 213 yards while becoming the Big East's career passing leader. He tied the Cardinals' single-season record for TD passes with his 29th, but also was intercepted three times before being removed early in the fourth quarter.

At 5-6, Louisville's streak of nine consecutive bowl trips is in serious jeopardy. The Cardinals must win their finale against Rutgers to avoid a losing season and become bowl eligible, however that still may not ensure they'll get a berth.

A week after gaining a school-record 582 yards in a 41-10 rout of Syracuse that stopped a three-game losing streak, USF amassed 482 yards against a Louisville defense that has struggled all season.

Grothe was 17-of-23 for 194 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries.

Brohm became the Big East's all-time passing leader on a 9-yard completion to Harry Douglas early in the second quarter. In three seasons since Louisville joined the league, he's thrown for 9,719 yards, boosting the senior's career total to 10,538.

Douglas scored Louisville's first touchdown on a 59-yard reception late in the second quarter. He finished with eight catches for 136 yards and also a 71-yard catch-and-run wiped out by a holding penalty.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
USF
1st Downs2326
Total Yards403481
Passing273251
Rushing130230
Penalties9-7511-95
3rd Down Conversions5-157-15
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers71
Possession25:2734:33

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brohm18/372135.813
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grothe17/231948.421

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell67011.7133
Strpling4358.8011
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford241405.8243
Grothe12675.6131

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Douglas813617.0159
Carter44812.0021
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell45413.5130
Johnson33511.7015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUUSF
TD14:52Nate Allen 3 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Failed) 06
TD10:50Mike Ford 6 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 013
FG07:41Arthur Carmody 32 Yd 313
TD02:51Matt Grothe 14 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 320
SECOND QUARTERLOUUSF
TD05:16Marcus Edwards 7 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 327
TD05:02Harry Douglas 59 Yd Pass From Brian Brohm (Arthur Carmody Kick) 1027
TD02:50Carlton Mitchell 30 Yd Pass From Matt Grothe (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 1034
TD02:21Trae Williams 64 Yd Interception Return (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 1041
FOURTH QUARTERLOUUSF
TD12:30Mike Ford 11 Yd Run (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 1048
TD07:00Dontavia Bogan Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Delbert Alvarado Kick) 1055
TD05:18Bilal Powell 30 Yd Run (Arthur Carmody Kick) 1755