LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -
's three rushing touchdowns helped Louisville to a 42-23 win over Middle Tennessee despite inconsistent early play by quarterback
Bolen ran for 67 yards and
ran for 161 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown.
(2-5) took advantage of two first-quarter interceptions by Cantwell.
returned the first one for a 14-yard touchdown and less than three minutes later, an interception by
set up a 39-yard pass from wide receiver
to give the
a 14-0 lead.
But Bolen ran for 1-yard scores in the third and fourth quarter, and Cantwell's 1-yard touchdown pass to
capped a second half in which Louisville outscored the
Early in the game, it looked like it would be another like last season's shootout when Louisville won 58-42. Though the Cardinals
won that game, the
ran up 555 yards of offense, compared to 306 on Saturday. The Cardinals had 391 offensive yards.
up 14-0, Bolen scored his first touchdown on a three-yard run up the middle.
The Cardinals forced the
to punt on their next series but found themselves pinned down on their own 12. Anderson's 88-yard run up the middle, the fourth
longest in Louisville history, on second down tied the score at 14-14. The
went into half time with a 17-14 lead after
's 42-yard score.
Louisville's defense, ranked 30th in the nation going into the game, forced Middle Tennessee to punt on seven of eight drives
' second touchdown, and held the
to 93 yards of offense in the second half.
Middle Tennessee switched back and forth between quarterbacks, using the more mobile
on several possessions. Dasher finished with 31 rushing yards and 10 passing yards.
in rushing with 46 yards on 13 carries.
Louisville used its rushing game to control the clock in the second half, holding the ball for 19:33, to Middle Tennessee's
10:27. Bolen scored two more touchdowns of a yard each in the second half and
recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put the game out of reach for good.
Cantwell added an insurance touchdown pass to
with 2:30 to play.