LEXINGTON, Ky. — Michael Bush rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and defensive end Elvis Dumervil added a school-record six sacks as No. 12 Louisville held off Kentucky 31-24 on Sunday.
Bush scored on runs of 11 yards and 1 yard and helped the Cardinals (1-0) grind out the clock after Kentucky (0-1) rallied within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was Bush's fourth career 100-yard rushing effort, and the Cardinals' sixth win in seven years against their in-state rival.
Louisville's heralded sophomore quarterback, Brian Brohm, went 19-of-27 for 179 yards and rushed for two touchdowns in his first collegiate start.
Kentucky rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit and pulled to 31-24 with 11:52 left on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Andre Woodson to tight end Jacob Tamme.
A partially blocked Louisville punt gave Kentucky possession at the Louisville 33 with 7:21 left, and the Wildcats quickly reached the 7-yard line. Quarterback Andre Woodson fumbled the football at the 2 while making a second effort to reach the end zone, and Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson recovered with 6:21 left.
The Wildcats never got the ball back.
Woodson, making his second career start, went 17-of-27 for 278 yards but lost three fumbles. Louisville opened with a 13-play, 76-yard touchdown drive, capped by Brohm's 1-yard run, but Kentucky answered by covering 80 yards in 10 plays, with Arliss Beach scoring on a 6-yard run to tie the game.
Louisville's offense kept rolling, while Kentucky managed only two first downs the rest of the half. The Cardinals went ahead 14-7, ending a 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Brohm on the first play of the second quarter.
Fumbles by Woodson, both forced by Dumervil, set up the next two scores. Dumervil appeared to return the second fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, but after a video review of the play, officials ruled he was down at the spot of the recovery.
Dumervil had four sacks in the first half and added two more after the break. The previous school record for sacks in a game was five, set by Mike Flores against Murray State in 1990.
NO. 8 VIRGINIA TECH 20, N.C. STATE 16: At Raleigh, N.C., Marcus Vick threw for one touchdown and made several key second-half runs in his first collegiate start Sunday, leading No. 8 Virginia Tech to a 20-16 victory over North Carolina State.
The Hokies avenged their only Atlantic Coast Conference loss, and handed the Wolfpack another disappointing result against a top-10 team.
Mike Imoh added a 5-yard first-quarter touchdown run for the Hokies.
Jay Davis threw for 311 yards for the Wolfpack, which had won eight straight openers. The loss drops N.C. State to 1-7 against top-10 teams under sixth-year coach Chuck Amato.
The Hokies came in looking to avenge last season's 17-16 home loss to the Wolfpack, their only league setback in their inaugural ACC campaign. And the offense — outgained 438-232 in total yards — kept plugging away at the stout N.C. State defense, which led Division I-A teams in fewest yards allowed in 2004.
Vick, a junior who was suspended last season for a variety of legal issues, made his biggest impact in the second half. With his brother, Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Hokies star Michael Vick, watching from the sideline, Vick completed 10 of 21 passes for 108 yards and ran for 31 more.
The stats weren't impressive, but Vick avoided any momentum-killing mistakes. The same couldn't be said of the Wolfpack.
N.C. State, which ranked next to last in the ACC in penalty yards last year, committed 12 penalties for 105 yards — including a 5-yard infraction for running into Pace on a missed 46-yard field goal that gave the Hokies a first down with about two minutes left.