Oct. 23, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Kent. (Oct. 23, 2010) - The University of Louisville posted a 26-0 victory over the University of Connecticut on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 48,591 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. UConn drops to 3-4 with the loss and 0-2 in the BIG EAST while Louisville is 4-3 and 1-1 in the BIG EAST.
The game marked the first time UConn had been shutout since a 24-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, 2005.
Louisville was led by quarterback Adam Froman who was 18 of 30 in the air for 195 yards and one TD. Bilal Powell was tops in rushing with 27 carries for 105 yards.
UConn redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Box (Suwanee, Ga.) made his first career start and was four of 12 in the air for 35 yards. Junior tailback Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) had 19 carries for 80 yards.
Louisville led 13-0 at halftime and then scored 13 unanswered points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter to put the game away. Doug Beaumont scored on a 74-yard punt return for a TD with 1:10 into the second half for a 20-0 lead while Chris Philpott kicked his third field goal of the game on a 26-yarder with 6:14 left in the quarter to make it 23-0 and converted his fourth field goal of the game with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter for the 26-0 victory.
In the first half, a series of Husky mistakes led to several Cardinal scores. With 2:29 left in the first quarter and a scoreless game, UConn missed a 29-yard field goal that wasted a 12 play-68 yard drive.
The UConn defense then stopped the Cardinals on the next series, but the Huskies fumbled the punt return to give Louisville the ball back at the UConn 18 with four seconds to go in the first quarter.
Louisville broke the scoreless tie as Adam Froman completed a two-yard pass to Cameron Graham for the score and a 7-0 UL lead.
On UConn's next possession, Box threw an interception that gave Louisville the ball at their own 43. The Cardinals hurt themselves with a penalty that made it second and 21 from the UConn 39 and Chris Philpott connected on a 39-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
Following a UConn three-and-out, Louisville then marched 45 yards and 11 plays, but the Husky defense did hold but Philpott connected on a 42-yarder for the 13-0 halftime lead.
UConn returns to action this Friday when it plays host to West Virginia in a BIG EAST game at Rentschler Field. Gametime is 8:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.