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BOZICH | Three and out: Louisville rolls Murray State, 66-21

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three and out after Louisville did what Louisville was supposed to do Saturday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium – bury Murray State in an avalanche of offense while winning, 66-21. Seven Louisville players scored touchdowns.

The Cards are 2-0 and positioned to move up from Number 25 in the Associated Press college football poll on Monday.

1. These are the kinds of mismatches the new college football playoff system will likely eliminate – if the selection committee follows through on its promise to make strength of schedule a key component of the process to pick the four playoff teams.

Louisville paid Murray State $425,000 (a bargain) to make the drive from Western Kentucky to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium – and the Cards defeated the Racers for the fifth straight time, rolling to a 35-7 lead after less than 20 minutes. Cards' coach Bobby Petrino celebrated early and often.

Kevin Miller, Louisville's executive senior associate athletic director, said that U of L has only one additional FCS program on future schedules – Samford, a school based in Birmingham, Ala. The Cards are likely to play the Bulldogs in game two next season after they open against Auburn in Atlanta. That game was scheduled as a favor to Samford athletic director Martin Newton, son of former UK AD C.M. Newton.

Miller said that future non-conference scheduling decisions would not be made until the school determines how much of a factor strength of schedule is in selecting the playoff teams.

2. U of L coach Bobby Petrino has raved about the performance of freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon all summer. Louisville fans saw why Petrino is so high on Trinity High School product against the Racers.

Bonnafon drew his first opportunity three minutes into the second quarter. He completed his first pass – and then marched the Cards 48 yards in three plays for a touchdown. Bonnafon scored the touchdown on an eight-yard run.

Bonnafon's second series was just as dazzling. He directed another touchdown drive, going 67 yards on nine plays. The touchdown came on a 27-yard pass to Michaelee Harris.

Bonnafon also started the second half. Bonnafon completed eight of 11 passes for 112 yards and touchdowns. He also ran five times for 22 yards and two scores.

Bonnafon was not the only freshman who looked good. Halfback L.J. Scott carried 11 times for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Louisville outgained Murray by more than 300 yards.

3. Another milestone moment for the Louisville program awaits next Saturday – the Cards' first Atlantic Coast Conference road game at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, about a seven-hour drive.

The Cavaliers moved to 1-1 with a 45-13 home victory over Richmond, an FCS program. Only 34,533 fans attended the game. The capacity of Scott Stadium is listed at 61,500. That's a lot of empty seats.

Here's the real story: Virginia was outgained by 102 yards and still won with ease.

How? By forcing seven turnovers – four fumbles and three interceptions. The UVA defense has delivered nine turnovers in two games, also delivering a solid performance in a season-opening home loss to UCLA.

The victory ended a 10-game losing streak for the Cavaliers. Greyson Lambert completed 13 of 15 passes, but averaged only 6.8 yards per attempt. Virginia's top runner was Kevin Parks, who finished with 52 yards on 13 carries.

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