No. 25 Louisville 41, Cincinnati 16
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Anthony Cummings caught a school-record five touchdown passes as No. 25 Louisville celebrated its first national ranking in 18 years by overwhelming Cincinnati 41-16 Saturday afternoon.
Cummings led Louisville (8-1-1) on a 17-point spurt late in the first half, catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Brohm and a 19-yarder from Browning Nagle for a 24-10 lead at intermission.
He got wide open beyond the Cincinnati secondary for a 36-yard touchdown reception, his fourth, to set a school record early in the third quarter. Mark Clayton’s three touchdown catches against Richmond had stood as the single- game mark since Oct. 16, 1982.
Cummings took a 4-yard pass on a slant pattern for touchdown No. 5 late in the third quarter, leaving him one shy of the NCAA Division I record. Tim Delaney caught six touchdowns for San Diego State against New Mexico on Nov. 15, 1969.
The five touchdown catches were two more than Cummings’ season total coming into the game.
Cummings scored all of Louisville’s touchdowns against a defense known for giving them up. Cincinnati (1-8) has allowed more than 40 points four times this season, and has been shredded for 146 points in its last three games.
The Bearcats were able to move the ball early on Louisville, which was trying to live up to its first national ranking since 1972. Cincinnati went ahead 7-0 on Terry Strong’s 12-yard run and again 10-7 on David Rowe’s 24-yard field goal.
But the Bearcats never figured out a way to stop Cummings, whose first three catches went for touchdowns. He took a 20-yarder from Nagle to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter, and put Louisville in command with his two touchdown catches in the final 3:38 of the first half.
Cummings finished with six catches for a season-high 117 yards. The senior wide receiver also had six receptions against Memphis State.
Louisville used two quarterbacks because Nagle, the starter, was shaken up in the second quarter. Brohm led the Cardinals on the touchdown drive capped by Cummings’ 8-yard catch before Nagle returned to complete the drubbing.
Nagle completed 11 of 18 for 204 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Brohm hit four of seven for 74 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Strong led Cincinnati on offense by rushing 24 times for a career-high 123 yards. Redshirt freshman Jeff Stofa, the son of former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback John Stofa, completed 13 of 25 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions in his first collegiate start.