Oregon State Falls At No. 11 Louisville
Sept. 17, 2005
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Brian Brohm threw for 368 yards and five touchdowns and the 11th-ranked Cardinals topped 50 points for the ninth time under Coach Bobby Petrino in a 63-27 win over Oregon State on Saturday.
Mario Urrutia caught seven passes for 175 yards with two touchdowns for Louisville (2-0), which tied an Oregon State record for points by an opponent.
Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson blocked a punt and returned an interception for a score and defensive end Elvis Dumervil set an NCAA record with his ninth sack in consecutive games.
Matt Moore finished 25-for-48 for 317 yards for Oregon State (2-1), which lost to a ranked opponent on the road for the seventh straight time.
Petrino had been asked repeatedly about his conservative play-calling since the Cardinals gained only 388 yards in a 31-24 win at Kentucky on Sept. 4. He won't have to answer those questions again - the Cardinals piled up 553 yards on 50 plays against the Beavers, a gaudy 11-yard average.
The Beavers led 10-0 after consecutive 11-play scoring drives, putting the Cardinals down at home for the first time since a 37-7 loss to Memphis in 2003.
With their best stretch of play this season, the Cardinals turned the game into a rout over the next 15 minutes, generating two sacks, a fumble, a blocked punt and 35 points.
Brohm started the first of five consecutive scoring drives with a shovel pass to Joshua Tinch, who scampered 24 yards. Brohm then lofted a 46-yard pass down the sideline to Harry Douglas, the Cardinals' longest reception since last season.
Two plays later, tight end Gary Barnidge snagged a Brohm pass with one hand and scored his fifth touchdown on his ninth career reception.
Dumervil, who had six sacks in the Cardinals' opener, tackled Moore on two straight plays and forced a fumble on the second. The Cardinals recovered at the Oregon State 15 and Michael Bush powered into the end zone to give Louisville its first lead.
Dumervil tied an NCAA record with his eighth sack in consecutive games. He added another in the second half to eclipse the record set by Georgia Tech's Pat Swilling in 1995.
Meanwhile, Brohm, a sophomore making just his second college start, completed 11 of his first 14 passes and found a new favorite target in Urrutia.
The 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman from Louisville had two catches on the Cardinals' next touchdown drive, which Bush capped with a 6-yard run. Less than two minutes later, Urrutia out-dueled Oregon State cornerback Gerard Lawson for a leaping 22-yard TD reception with 3:01 left before halftime.
The Beavers' offense suddenly sputtered and Johnson swatted Sammie Stroughter's punt attempt with 2:26 left in the half. Brohm zipped a 28-yard touchdown pass to Tinch on Louisville's next play for a 35-10 lead.
Brohm threw a 32-yard TD pass to Douglas in the third quarter before Johnson intercepted a tipped pass from Moore and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.
Brohm completed 18 of 22 passes, the second-best completion percentage in school history. Last season, Stefan LeFors went 12-for-14 in a win over East Carolina.
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