Louisville 57, North Texas 14
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Marty Lowe threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Calvin Arrington rushed for two TDs as Louisville routed North Texas 57-14 Saturday.
Sophomore receiver Miguel Montano caught the first three touchdown passes of his career and Arrington rushed 22 times for 125 yards for Louisville (7-4).
The Cardinals capped a season-ending four-game homestand with their most lopsided win since a 68-0 victory over Murray State in 1990. In their final four games, Louisville outscored its opponents 161-28. The Cardinals will find out after Thanksgiving whether their impressive finish earned them a postseason bowl berth.
North Texas (2-9) finished its first season in Division I-A with its most one-sided loss of the year.
The Cardinals led 37-7 early in the third quarter after a 38-yard touchdown run by Coswell Sims.
On the Eagles’ next play from scrimmage, linebacker Alan Campos intercepted a Jason Mills pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.
Cornerback Sam Madison picked off a Mills’ pass on the Eagles’ next possession and weaved 60 yards to the North Texas 25. Lowe hit Montano from 5 yards out six plays later for the touchdown and a 50-7 lead.
Mills was intercepted again, by cornerback Rico Clark, three minutes later. Arrington scored on a 7-yard run for a 57-7 lead.
The Cardinals turned three North Texas turnovers into two touchdowns in the first half.
Lowe was 14-of-19 with three touchdown passes in the first half as the Cardinals gained 301 yards.
The Eagles’ only tally in the first half came off a Louisville miscue.
Arrington lost the ball at the Cardinal 25 on a first-down carry, and North Texas linebacker Justin Ray recovered at the 19. Tight end Brian Waters scored on a 10-yard reverse with four minutes left in the first quarter for a brief 7-3 lead for the Eagles.
Lowe then engineered an eight-play, 70-yard drive and capped it with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Montano.
Lowe found Montano again for a 28-yard touchdown and hit Robert Bates on a 59-yard bomb to put the game away late in the second quarter.
Louisville opened the scoring after forcing a turnover just two minutes into the game.
Louisville linebacker Tyrus McCloud intercepted a pass by Jason Gulley at the 32-yard line and returned it to the 11 with 13:01 left in the first quarter. Six plays later, David Akers kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 Louisville lead.