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CRAWFORD | Quick takeaways: Louisville pounds Boston College 38-19

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The quarterbacks change, but the game-changers remain the same in the second half of the season for the University of Louisville football team.

DeVante Parker catching passes on offense. Gerrod Holliman catching them on defense. Throw in some power running and solid play from both Will Gardner and Reggie Bonnafon and you have the recipe for the Cardinals' seventh win of the season, 38-19 over Boston College Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

This was a gusty effort that was tougher than it should have been for the Cardinals. Three times in the first half they failed to score a touchdown from the Boston College one-yard line. Still, they led 17-13 at half and after Gardner was injured late in the first half, Reggie Bonnafon showed good poise to lead the Cardinals to just enough offense to pull out the victory.

It could've looked even better. You score three touchdowns from the one-yard line instead of just three points and people are talking about the resurgence of Bobby Petrino's offense the next morning. Even so, the Cards showed some toughness and resilience, kept their poise once down 14-3, and responded well on offensive drives after Boston College cut the margin to one.

Some takeaways . . .

1). GERROD HOLLIMAN. My spell-check keeps changing his last name to “Hooligan.” It really ought to be changing it to “Heisman.” Whatever you call him, his initials are INT. Holliman intercepted the game's first pass. Then had two more in the second half. The three interceptions bring his season total to 13 — just one shy of tying the NCAA record.

Hooligan is everywhere. And if he hasn't gotten a ton of national attention, he should after this game. He has performed against the best offenses U of L has faced — intercepted Jameis Winston twice — and has done it in every other game, too.

Saturday's was Holliman's fourth multi-interception game. And they helped convert some tense moments into a comfortable win for U of L. Next, he'll face Notre Dame's Everett Golson, who threw four interceptions today.

2). DeVANTE PARKER. DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker, DeVante Parker.

His numbers were impressive in this game — eight catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. But it was the timing of some of those catches — pressure situations, third downs — that made them stand out. If U of L's offense is transformed, and it's fair to say that after the past several games it has, Parker is the single biggest reason.

3). BONNAFON IN RELIEF.
The freshman gave way to Will Gardner in the second half of a loss at Clemson. But he came on when Gardner tweaked an injured knee late in the second quarter on Saturday and looked extremely comfortable.

He ran for 76 yards on 13 carries, and a touchdown. He threw for 69 yards and two TDs, hitting on 4 of 5 passes. He looked more comfortable running the zone read than he has all season. He looks solid moving forward, and with Gardner's status unknown, he'll have to be.

Gardner was good during the time he played, completing 13 of 19 passes for 188 yards.

4). NEXT UP: The Cards will travel to Notre Dame in two weeks, and the Fighting Irish are reeling. Arizona State drilled them 55-31 today.

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