Louisville 39, North Carolina 34

Date - Saturday, September 15, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Attendance - 53334

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Carolina 0 7 7 20 34
Louisville 15 21 0 3 39

Recap


No. 20 Louisville 39, North Carolina 34: Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the 20th-ranked Cardinals took a big lead and held off a furious late rally by the visiting Tar Heels.

North Carolina (1-2), trailing by 25 early in the fourth quarter, pulled within 39-34 with 4:23 remaining on quarterback Bryn Renner’s career-high fifth touchdown pass and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Renner’s fourth-down pass in the end zone was knocked away with 1:44 left and the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Louisville scored on all six possessions of the first half as Bridgewater threw scoring strikes to Charles Gaines, Eli Rogers and Nick Heuser for a 36-7 lead. Bridgewater finished 23-for-28 as Louisville improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Jeremy Wright rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown for Louisville.

Senorise Perry ran 13 yards for a score to put Louisville 6-0 just 5:29 into the game. Marcus Smith picked off a Renner pass on the next series and the Cardinals made it 12-0 on Bridgewater’s 32-yard scoring strike to Gaines. The Cardinals led by as much as 29-0 before Renner hit Romar Morris (two touchdowns) down the right sideline for a 44-yard score with 6:19 left in the first half.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Running back Giovani Bernard, who rushed for 1,253 yards last season, missed his second straight game for North Carolina with a knee injury. … Louisville leads the series, 4-3. … Renner’s 363 yards passing was a career high.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:31
Louisville   TD  Louisville 6 - North Carolina 0
1st Quarter - 8:01
Louisville   TD  Louisville 12 - North Carolina 0
1st Quarter - 2:25
Louisville   FG  Louisville 15 - North Carolina 0
2nd Quarter - 11:25
Louisville   TD  Louisville 22 - North Carolina 0
2nd Quarter - 7:59
Louisville   TD  Louisville 29 - North Carolina 0
2nd Quarter - 6:19
North Carolina   TD  Louisville 29 - North Carolina 7
2nd Quarter - 0:46
Louisville   TD  Louisville 36 - North Carolina 7
3rd Quarter - 5:09
North Carolina   TD  Louisville 36 - North Carolina 14
4th Quarter - 13:38
Louisville   FG  Louisville 39 - North Carolina 14
4th Quarter - 12:02
North Carolina   TD  Louisville 39 - North Carolina 21
4th Quarter - 8:22
North Carolina   TD  Louisville 39 - North Carolina 28
4th Quarter - 4:23
North Carolina   TD  Louisville 39 - North Carolina 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  North Carolina Louisville
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  North Carolina Louisville
Score 34 39
First Downs 20 27
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-11
55%
6-for-12
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 410 462
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 17-47 43-183
Average/Rush 2.8 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 26-41 23-28
Passing Yards 363 279
Average/Pass Play 8.9 9.0
Penalties-Yards 6-38 6-53
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 21:36 38:24

PLAYER STATS

North Carolina (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Renner 26/41 363 5 1
Louisville (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Bridgewater 23/28 279 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Blue 7 43 6.1 0
R. Morris 4 23 5.8 0
B. Renner 3 10 3.3 0
S. Tapley 1 -1 -1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Wright 20 114 5.7 1
S. Perry 16 86 5.4 1
T. Bridgewater 6 -15 -2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Morris 5 149 29.8 2
S. Tapley 4 62 15.5 0
E. Highsmith 6 62 10.3 1
Q. Davis 4 41 10.2 0
E. Ebron 5 38 7.6 2
A. Blue 2 11 5.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Gaines 5 78 15.6 1
A. Smith 2 45 22.5 0
D. Copeland 2 37 18.5 0
S. Perry 2 34 17.0 0
J. Wright 4 26 6.5 0
N. Nord 3 19 6.3 0
E. Rogers 1 15 15.0 1
S. Radcliff 1 11 11.0 0
R. Hubbell 2 10 5.0 0
N. Heuser 1 4 4.0 1