Cards discover offense in rout

LOUISVILLE — A quarterback deftly finding open receivers. Running backs slicing through wide-open holes. Yards and points in bunches.

For a week anyway, it was back to normal for Louisville.

Hunter Cantwell threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Victor Anderson ran for 114 yards and a score as Louisville routed Tennessee Tech 51-10 on Saturday.

Brock Bolen added two touchdowns on the ground and Louisville's defense continued its strong play as the Cardinals bounced back from the loss to Kentucky.

"We can't keep looking back to the past, we've got to march forward to the future," Anderson said.

The future looks a little brighter for the Cardinals thanks to the play of an offense that looked more like the unit that spent most of the decade among the most potent in the nation.

Box score

Louisville (1-1) rolled up 451 yards of total offense and added touchdowns on defense and special teams. The Cardinals had 202 yards in the first quarter alone — just 3 less than they managed in the entire game against Kentucky — and manhandled the overmatched Golden Eagles (1-1), who remained winless against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"I thought we ran physically," Louisville Coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "We did a good job of making sure we were running downhill, striking them."

The Cardinals ran for 234 yards, and the improved running game helped settle things for Cantwell. Showing the kind of touch he lacked against the Wildcats, Cantwell completed 15-of-23 passes and threw touchdowns to Troy Pascley and Pete Nochta.

Louisville, which failed to score a touchdown last week for the first time in eight years, wasted little time taking control. The Cardinals reached the end zone on three of their first four drives, jumping to a 20-0 lead before the game was 17 minutes old.

"It was very important for us to come out quick and get a lead," Cantwell said. "The running backs ran hard, blocked well. When they do that, it makes it easier when the running game is going."

Louisville wasn't perfect. The Cardinals turned the ball over twice, and Cantwell was hit hard more than once. Louisville played the second half without two experienced offensive linemen — center Eric Wood and left tackle George Bussey went out with minor injuries.