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Parker, Brown score TDs in 17-point run that helps No. 21 Louisville hold off Memphis, 24-17

  • Louisville linebacker Preston Brown (2) gets a block from teammate George Durant (34) as he returns a fumble 48-yards for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Memphis Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Sheldon Rankins, far left, caused the fumble by the Memphis quarterback. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville linebacker Preston Brown (2) gets a block from teammate George Durant (34) as he returns a fumble 48-yards for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Memphis Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Sheldon Rankins, far left, caused the fumble by the Memphis quarterback. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) pushes away would-be Memphis tackler Andrew Gaines (28) after catching a pass in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Parker completed the 39-yard reception for a touchdown.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) pushes away would-be Memphis tackler Andrew Gaines (28) after catching a pass in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Parker completed the 39-yard reception for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville running back Dominique Brown (10) makes a catch against Memphis during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Louisville running back Dominique Brown (10) makes a catch against Memphis during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)  (The Associated Press)

DeVante Parker and Dominique Brown scored touchdowns to help No. 21 Louisville hold off Memphis 24-17 on Saturday.

The Cardinals used a 17-point surge over the second and third quarters to provide a cushion.

Louisville seemed in control leading 24-3 before quarterback Paxton Lynch rallied Memphis within seven points with a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter and a 6-yard TD pass to Jesse Milleson with 6:07 remaining.

The Tigers' defense was poised to give Lynch another opportunity but Reggis Ball was penalized for roughing punter Ryan Johnson, giving the Cardinals first down at the Memphis 29 with 2:58 left.

Louisville (10-1, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) eventually turned it over on downs at the Memphis 6. But with no timeouts left, the Tigers (3-7, 1-5) gained just 17 yards before time expired.

The Cardinals registered their first senior day win since 2007.