Scores

Final

Louisville 16

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Cincinnati 25

(5-1, 4-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 6 10 0 016
CIN 0 7 7 1125

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Collaros (CIN) - 152 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: I. Pead (CIN) - 20 CAR, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Rogers (LOU) - 7 REC, 106 YDS

Cincinnati scoots past Louisville with late Isaiah Pead TD

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Isaiah Pead made two quick cutbacks and ran 50 yard for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday, rallying Cincinnati to a 25-16 victory over Louisville in the Big East opener for both teams.

Cincinnati (5-1) got its first victory in three games at the stadium of the NFL's Bengals. The Bearcats overcame four fumbles, which they all recovered, and a costly interception thrown by Zach Collaros. Mike Evans returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown to give Cincinnati a 16-7 lead with 6 seconds left in the half.

Collaros ran 1 yard for a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal, and Pead scored for the sixth straight game, sending Louisville (2-4) to its third straight loss. Pead had 151 yards on 20 carries against the Big East's top defense.

Louisville's offense struggled again, managing only three field goals despite trying two quarterbacks.

The game drew 40,971 fans -- 171 fewer than the Bengals had for their last home game.

Louisville came in with the Big East's top defense, allowing no more than 24 points in any game. The problem: Louisville hadn't scored more than 24 in any game, either.

The Cardinals stalled in the last two games after quarterback Will Stein went down with a shoulder injury. Freshman Teddy Bridgewater took over and led them to only 20 points in two losses. Plus, running back Victor Anderson missed a second straight game Saturday with a sprained ankle.

That wasn't all. Chris Philpott had made only 2 of 5 field goal attempts this season, missing two during a 14-7 loss to North Carolina a week earlier.

Philpott made field goals of 42, 51 and 18 yards on a blustery afternoon, putting the Cardinals up 9-7 late in the half. The last field goal was set up by Bridgewater's perfect throw down the sideline to Eli Rogers for a 58-yard gain.

The Cardinals then got their first defensive touchdown of the season when the interception return made it 16-7 at halftime. Collaros shook it off and led the Bearcats back.

He made a gamble pay off in the third quarter. The Bearcats went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and Collaros took it in off a draw play, cutting the lead to 16-14.

Louisville self-destructed, piling up two false starts, an illegal formation and a holding penalty on one series that set up a third-and-38 and led to a punt. Two plays later, Pead was off on his decisive 50-yard touchdown run. Collaros completed a pass for the 2-point conversion.

Bridgewater finished 17 of 28 for 195 yards with an interception and four sacks. His fourth-and-3 pass at midfield fell incomplete with 3:05 left, ending Louisville's last chance to catch up. Pead had runs of 21 and 12 yards, setting up the clinching field goal with 1:21 to go.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
CIN
1st Downs1316
Total Yards271330
Passing201152
Rushing70178
Penalties6-444-37
3rd Down Conversions4-164-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers11
Possession33:3326:27

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater17/281957.001
CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collaros18/261525.811

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown17412.407
Wright6254.207
CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pead201517.6150
Collaros13221.7115

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers710615.1058
Harris4399.8020
CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
McClung24321.5034
Chisum44010.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUCIN
FG07:47Chris Philpott 42 Yd 30
FG01:41Chris Philpott 51 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERLOUCIN
TD05:01D.J. Woods 26 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 67
FG02:54Chris Philpott 18 Yd 97
TD00:06Mike Evans 63 Yd Interception Return (Chris Philpott Kick) 167
THIRD QUARTERLOUCIN
TD04:41Zach Collaros 1 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 1614
FOURTH QUARTERLOUCIN
TD12:19Isaiah Pead 50 Yd Run (Zach Collaros Pass To Adrien Robinson For Two-Point Conversion) 1622
FG01:21Tony Miliano 21 Yd 1625