2001 Liberty Bowl

Louisville 28, BYU 10

December 31, 2001 | Memphis, Tenn. (58,968)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The No. 23-ranked Cardinals made

an impressive statement to cap one of the most successful

seasons in school history with a 28-10 pounding of No.

19 Brigham Young in the AXA Liberty Bowl. The Louisville

defense, ranked 10th in the nation in points allowed,

held the nation’s highest scoring offense (46.8 points per

game) 14 points below its previous low. So it was only

fitting that the Cardinal defense came up with the biggest

play of the game. Zek Parker had returned the opening

kickoff 70 yards to the BYU 22 to set up the Cards’ first

score, with Henry Miller carrying it in from the one yard

line. Then the Cougars scored on a trick play, a lateral to

lineman Dustin Rykert for a 10-yard touchdown to make

it 7-7 midway through the second quarter.

The Cards were still in control after a BYU field goal

on their opening drive of the second half. Deion Branch

had three catches in the next Cardinal drive, including a

34-yard touchdown that put Louisville ahead 21-10 with

4:15 remaining in the third quarter. Junior safety Curry

Burns had one of the best games of his career with nine

solo tackles and two pass break-ups. He capped it with

an interception and a 29-yard return to the Louisville 46.

That set up the score that broke BYU’s back.

1 2 3 4 F

BYU 0 7 3 0 10

Louisville 7 7 7 7 28

Scoring Summary

LOU — Miller 1 yard run (Smith kick)

BYU — Rykert 10 yard run (Payne kick)

LOU — Mattingly 1 yd. pass from Ragone (Smith kick)

BYU — Payne 29 yard field goal

LOU — Branch 34 yard pass from Ragone (Smith kick)

LOU — Ghent 27 yard pass from Ragone (Smith kick)

Category LOU BYU

First Downs 17 17

Rushing Yards 37-58 32-84

Passes 19-28 18-38

Passes Int. 1 3

Passing Yards 228 192

Total Offense 286 276

Punts-Avg. 6-36.5 4-36.8

Penalties-Yards 8-64 4-40

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (LOU) Patterson 21-45-0, Stallings 4-6-0,

Parker 1-5-0, Miller 1-5-1, Ragone 5-4-0.

(BYU) P. Peterson 15-73-0, Rykert 1-10-1,

C. Peterson 1-4-0

Passing: (LOU) Ragone 19-28-1-228-3.

(BYU) Doman 18-37-2-192-0

Receiving: (LOU) Branch 6-88-1, Ghent 4-62-1,

Parker 4-32-0, Dorsey 3-40-0, Jones 1-5-0,

Mattingly 1-1-1. (BYU) Ord 4-62-0, Nead 3-39-0,

Jolley 3-25-0, Peterson 3-13-0, Wilkerson 2-21-0,

Mahe 2-6-0

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