Louisville overcomes post-Miami hangover

Published September 24, 2006

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Hunter Cantwell is no Brian Brohm, and No. 8 Louisville's high-scoring offense was not exactly its old self, either.

Still, the Cardinals, with their highest ranking ever, overcame three turnovers and pulled together behind backup quarterback Cantwell for a ragged 24-6 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Starting in place of Heisman Trophy hopeful Brian Brohm, who was injured in last week's 31-7 rout of then-No. 17 Miami, Cantwell threw for 173 yards and a touchdown.

But like the entire Louisville attack, he was inconsistent. In one stretch in the second half, the Cardinals turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions.

"I feel good about getting the win in a tough stadium like this against a pretty good defense," Cantwell said, "but I made some mistakes and I've got to get some things adjusted this week and get better."

Cantwell, likely to start at least two games as Brohm recovers from a thumb injury, was 18-for-26.

The Wildcats avoided their first shutout at home since 1991 on Thomas Clayton's 69-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

No. 4 W. Va. 27, ECU 10

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Patrick White threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as West Virginia pulled away in the fourth quarter.

West Virginia shook off some sloppy play - including White's three interceptions - to win their 11th straight game.

East Carolina held Steve Slaton, who entered as the nation's third-leading rusher, to 80 yards, less than half of his average of 168. West Virginia entered as the nation's top rushing team at 350 yards a game but was held to 153 on the ground.

Rutgers 56, Howard 7: Ray Rice rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns in Piscataway, N.J., as the Scarlet Knights avoided a letdown against a Division I-AA opponent heading into Friday's conference opener at USF. Rutgers is 4-0 for the first time since 1980.

Pittsburgh 51, Citadel 6: The Panthers didn't need quarterback Tyler Palko to be perfect, or even close to it, to beat their visiting I-AA foe, but he was near-perfect anyway. The quarterback was 17-of-19 and threw touchdowns to four receivers and overtook Tony Dorsett for fourth on Pittsburgh's career offense list. Palko has 6,655 total yards, 69 behind Rod Rutherford for third.

Syracuse 34, Miami (Ohio) 14: Curtis Brinkley rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries and scored once for the host Orange, which has its first two-game winning streak in nearly two years. Syracuse scored on its first two possessions and, after sputtering in the second quarter, scored 20 straight points in the second half.