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C-USA: Horned Frogs stifle Cardinals in rain

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October 20, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Not even the rain could save Louisville on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Not even the rain could save Louisville on Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Tye Gunn threw three touchdowns and TCU dominated the Cardinals for the second straight season in a 45-31 win.

Ricky Madison rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown and Lonta Hobbs ran for 106 yards and two scores as the Horned Frogs won their sixth straight.

Louisville bore little resemblance to the team that upset Florida State on Sept. 26 in a steady downpour. Rain fell again but the listless Cardinals were outplayed from the opening minutes.

TCU sacked Dave Ragone six times and held the Cardinals to minus-26 yards rushing.

"They weren't ready to play," TCU defensive tackle John Turntine said. "They thought last year's game was a fluke."

The Horned Frogs took command immediately, just as they did in a 37-22 win in 2001.

Gunn found LaTerence Dunbar open for a 17-yard touchdown 4:33 into the game. Broderick Clark fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Nick Browne kicked a 37-yard field goal. Hobbs scored on fourth down from the 1 for a 17-0 lead with 13:41 left in the first half.

"As a coach, I've never been quite so embarrassed," said Louisville's John L. Smith. "We better take a look at what we're doing. Some of us have gotten a lot of pats on the back and are full of ourselves.

"We've got to look in the mirror and see how selfish we are."

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SO. MISS 23, CINCINNATI 14: Etric Pruitt returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and Joe Henley added a safety late for the host Golden Eagles.

Despite making only one third-down conversion and giving up 263 yards rushing, Southern Miss made big plays on defense to bail out a lethargic offense that was outgained 409-211.

Early in the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 14, Pruitt intercepted backup quarterback George Murray and scored with 11:59 left.

Cincinnati starting quarterback Gino Guidugli left after being shaken up in the third, returned in the fourth, then was sacked in the end zone by Henley with 2:47 left.

MISS. ST. 29, MEMPHIS 17: Fred Reid scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth and the defense scored twice for the visiting Bulldogs.

MSU's 16 fourth-quarter points erased a 17-13 deficit. Danny Wimprine of Memphis threw five interceptions.

Jason Clark picked off a pass by Wimprine for a 20-yard score in the first quarter. A 28-yard return by Michael Gholar with under two minutes left put the game out of reach.

HOUSTON 56, ARMY 42: The host Cougars needed three touchdowns passing from Nick Eddy and three rushing from Chris Robertson to stay ahead of freshman quarterback Zac Dahman and snap a 14-game C-USA losing streak.

Dahman completed 17 of 33 passes for four touchdowns and 353 yards, coming close to Army's record of 385 by Leamon Hall against North Carolina in 1976.

TULANE 35, UAB 14: J.P. Losman accounted for three touchdowns for the host Green Wave, who also scored on a punt return and an interception. Tulane pulled off risky but successful laterals to score on both.

Lynaris Elpheage went 57 yards on a punt return in the first quarter, then flipped the ball to Gerald Brobbey, who ran 21 yards for the score. Sean Lucas took a short pitch after Trawick Boger's interception by and returned it 53 yards for a 35-14 lead at the end of the third.

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