1993 Liberty Bowl

Louisville 18, Michigan State 7

December 28, 1993 | Memphis, Tenn. (21,097)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The 1993 Cardinals put a cap on

an 8-3 regular season with an 18-7 victory over Michigan

State at the Liberty Bowl. Howard Schnellenberger’s

squad registered the first win ever by the Cardinals over a

Big Ten foe. The conditions were hardly ideal for an aerial

display, but quarterback Jeff Brohm checked in with one

of the guttiest efforts in the history of Cardinal football.

Brohm, playing with two steel pins and one steel plate in

the index finger of his throwing hand completed 19-of-

29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown amidst 20- degree

temperatures and freezing rain. Most of that courage

was shown in the fourth quarter. Entering the final frame,

Louisville trailed 7-3.With 12:05 remaining, Brohm connected

on a 25-yard strike to Reggie Ferguson to put the

Cardinals in front for good. Just over three minutes later, it

was the defense’s turn to make a big play. Pinned back to

their one-yard line, the Spartans were merely looking to

get some breathing room for their offense. Running back

Craig Thomas took the handoff and was immediately met

by All-American defensive end Joe Johnson and reserve

linebacker Tyrus McCloud for a safety. On the ensuing

possession, the Cardinals marched down the field for an

insurance touchdown when Anthony Shelman bolted into

the end zone from 11 yards out.

1 2 3 4 F

Michigan State 7 0 0 0 7

Louisville 3 0 0 15 18

Scoring Summary

MSU — Goulbourne 1-yd run (Stoyanovich kick)

LOU — Akers 31-yd field goal

LOU — Ferguson 25-yd pass from Brohm (Akers kick)

LOU — Safety

LOU — Dawkins 11-yd run (Kick failed)

Category MSU LOU

First Downs 18 20

Rushing Yards 114 172

Passes 15-28 19-31

Passes Int. 1 0

Passing Yards 193 197

Total Offense 307 369

Punts-Avg. 5-29.0 5-36.2

Penalties-Yards 5-60 6-45

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (LOU) Brohm 9-25-0, Dawkins 14-88-1,

Shelman 17-59-0. (MSU) Thomas 10-57-0,

Goulbourne 19-63-1, Holman 1-1-0

Passing: (LOU) Brohm 19-29-0-197-1, Lowe 0-2-0-0-0.

(MSU) Miller 15-28-1-193-0

Receiving: (LOU) Ferguson 3-68-1, Dawkins 8-68-0,

Fitzpatrick 2-17-0, Asher 4-15-0, Bailey 1-16-0,

Cooper 1-13-0. (MSU) Coleman 6-100-0,

Abrams 1-15-0, Greene 4-49-0, Goulbourne 3-11-0

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