LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Victor Anderson ran for 176
yards and three touchdowns and Louisville raced by Kansas State
38-29 on Wednesday night.
Anderson scored on runs of 29, 56, and 27 yards as the Cardinals
(2-1) overpowered the visiting Wildcats (2-1), rolling up 578 yards
of total offense, including 303 on the ground.
Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell threw for 274 yards and
two touchdowns, Doug Beaumont had nine receptions for 119 yards and the Cardinals' defense held Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman largely in check when it mattered.
Deon Murphy had a spectacular 86-yard punt return for the
Wildcats, but Kansas State turned the ball over three times and had
trouble solving Louisville's three-pronged rushing attack of
Anderson, Brock Bolen and Bilal Powell.
While Anderson darted and dashed through the Wildcats, Bolen
bulled his way to 103 yards on 23 clock-chewing carries and helped
Louisville take control with the kind of dynamic offensive
performance largely unseen in coach Steve Kragthorpe's short stint
with the program.
If the Cardinals can find a way to build on their most complete
performance under the second-year coach, better days lie ahead.
Kansas State had hoped to show it was for real after two early
season wins against overmatched opponents.
Though Freeman threw for 313 yards and three scores - two to
Brandon Banks - he went cold early in the second half as Louisville
took command behind Cantwell and Anderson.
Cantwell hit Troy Pascley for a 13-yard score to give Louisville
a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter. Murphy's twisting punt
return - he ran backwards 10 yards and avoided a handful of tackles
before racing up the field for the score - kept Kansas State in it,
but only briefly.
Louisville needed just five plays to restore the two-touchdown
lead, as Anderson broke up the middle and used a nifty spin move to
zip 56 yards for a score. Anderson's final touchdown, a 27-yard
burst down the left sideline, pushed the lead to 35-14.
Kansas State tried to rally, cutting it to nine on two late
touchdown passes by Freeman, but Louisville's defense got one last
stop with just over two minutes left to end the comeback.
Louisville trailed early, but sprang to life after a cameo
appearance by former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. The
Louisville native, in town to participate in several Ryder Cup
festivities, drew a standing ovation when he rolled through the
north end zone on a golf cart, waving to the crowd.
It helped that the Wildcats started to self-destruct. Freeman
fumbled deep in Louisville territory when a shotgun snap hit his
helmet. He later threw two interceptions to Louisville's Woodny
The Cardinals rallied to take a 14-7 halftime lead, but it could
have been bigger. Louisville turned the ball over on downs inside
the Kansas State 10 and wide receiver Josh Chichester dropped two
possible touchdowns late in the half.