A sunbaked crowd of 39,639, second largest in Louisville history, saw the Cardinals roar back from a 7-0 deficit to take a 21-10 halftime lead thanks largely to Brohm, who completed 18 of 22 passes for 244 yards before intermission. Moreover, the defense thwarted Mario Bates, the Sun Devils' outstanding tailback. After gaining 41 yards on eight carries, Bates was stunned on the last series of the first quarter by a ferocious tackle by defensive back Terry Quinn. Bates was sidelined for the team's next possession and gained only 23 yards on four carries after that. He became so frustrated that after a scuffle in the fourth quarter, he was ejected from the game.
So how good is Louisville? The three wins have come against decent opponents—San Jose State, Memphis State and Arizona State. If the Cardinals beat Texas this Saturday, they will need only to defeat Pitt, West Virginia, Southern Miss and Navy to be 8-0 going into their game at Tennessee on Nov. 6. Asked where the Cardinals should now be ranked, Brohm said, "About 20th." Schnellenberger disagreed: "Oh, I'd say 19th."
Louisville's impressive start can only help school fund-raisers in their campaign to build a $50 million stadium on campus. Since 1957 the Cardinals have played at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, home of the Triple A Louisville Redbirds. Schnellenberger maintains that if Louisville, which is an independent, hopes to continue scheduling home games against teams from major conferences, it must have a new stadium. Now his problem may be that the Cardinals are too good to persuade those teams to play them anywhere.
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