Louisville win over Pitt gives USF a boost

By wire services
Published November 4, 2005

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michael Bush rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Art Carmody tied a school record with four field goals as No. 24 Louisville survived a wild start and beat Pittsburgh 42-20 on Thursday night.

Louisville (6-2, 2-2 Big East) has won two straight after losing its first two league games and temporarily falling out of the Top 25. The Cardinals became bowl-eligible with the win in front of a record crowd of 42,692 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Pitt (4-5, 3-2) must win its final two games, against Connecticut and No. 18 West Virginia, to extend its streak of consecutive bowl appearances to six.

The result helps USF by giving Pitt, which holds a tiebreaker over the Bulls, two league losses to USF's one.

Bush's second score, a 3-yard run in the third quarter, was his 20th rushing touchdown of the season, tying the school record set by Lenny Lyles in 1957 and matched by Eric Shelton last season. Bush left after that with a sprained left foot. X-rays taken Thursday were negative, and Louisville spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Bush would have an MRI exam today.

Bush, who had 16 carries, also caught four passes for 59 yards.

Carmody kicked field goals of 46, 47, 32 and 36 yards, matching the school single-game record set by Nate Smith against Houston in 2000. The 46-yarder was a career best, and Carmody made a 47-yarder minutes later.

Louisville trailed in the final minute of the first half before Carmody's 47-yarder, which put the Cardinals up 22-20 at the break. Louisville scored on its first three second-half possessions.

Pitt reached the Louisville 22 early in the fourth quarter before penalties set the Panthers back and forced a punt.

Both teams scored in the first 25 seconds of the game. Pitt's Terrell Allen had the opening kickoff sail through his hands, and Louisville's Deon Palmer recovered the ball in the end zone. Allen returned the ensuing kick 97 yards for a score.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bill Callahan was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference for making an apparent throat-slashing gesture after arguing with the referee during a game against Oklahoma. Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said Callahan acted "out of character" and his behavior was unsportsmanlike. Athletic director Steve Pederson said the school accepted the reprimand.