(Wednesday, September 17th)
Final Score: Louisville 38, Kansas State 29
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Freshman running back Victor Anderson made the most of his 18 carries, running for 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Louisville Cardinals trumped the Kansas State Wildcats, 38-29.
Hunter Cantwell connected on 22-of-33 passes for 274 yards and a pair of scores for Louisville (2-1), which has won two straight following a 27-2 thumping at the hands of Kentucky in its season opener. Brock Bolen added 104 yards to the potent running attack which accumulated 303 yards, while Doug Beaumont led all receivers with nine catches for 119 yards in the win.
Josh Freeman was flustered under center, hitting just 22-of-42 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for Kansas State (2-1), which outscored its first two opponents by a combined score of 114-16. Brandon Banks caught seven balls for 153 yards and two touchdowns, but the running game was held to a mere 30 yards.
Both teams came away empty-handed on their first two drives, and the Wildcats broke through when Freeman found Banks wide open down the middle of the field for a 45-yard touchdown with 21 ticks left in the first quarter.
Louisville countered with a 14-play drive which used up nearly six minutes on the clock, as Cantwell hit Josh Chichester on an 18-yard slant for a TD.
Freeman was picked off with just under four minutes left in the half, and Anderson ripped off a 29-yard touchdown two plays later to give the Cardinals a 14-7 lead at the break.
Troy Pascley capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard reception from Cantwell to open the second half, but Chris Philpott bounced the extra point off the right post for a 20-7 Cardinals lead.
Deon Murphy appeared to give the Wildcats the spark they needed midway through the third with a scintillating 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, which saw the speedster run back to inside his own five-yard line, spin and dart through several defenders for the long score.
But four plays later Anderson answered with a counter off the right end, spinning and sprinting his way for a 56-yard scamper to pay dirt, as the Cardinals added a two-point conversion for a 28-14 score.
The running back made it a three-TD game with 12:08 to go in regulation, taking a quick pitch up the left sidelines and into the end zone from 27 yards out.
Freeman connected with Jeron Mastrud on a 52-yard touchdown just 30 seconds later, but Tim Dougherty converted a 36-yard field goal for Louisville, which took more than six minutes off the clock with the scoring drive.
Banks then turned a quick out route into a 59-yard touchdown pass with 3:23 remaining, but it was not enough for the visitors.
09/18 00:08:16 ET