Army 37, Louisville 12
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Myreon Williams gained 161 yards and threw for one of Army’s five touchdowns as the Cadets defeated slump-ridden Louisville 37-12 Saturday.
Williams, a midseason replacement at quarterback because of injuries, had a 65-yard TD pass to Monte Tomasino in the first quarter.
Chad Davis and Callian Thomas had two scoring runs apiece as Army (3-3) handed Fiesta Bowl champion Louisville (2-5) its third consecutive defeat.
Led by Williams, who had 105 yards - a career high - in the first half, Army’s wishbone offense scored on each of its first three possessions.
Louisville scored on its first two series, on a 38-yard field goal and a 20-yard pass from Erik Watts to Ralph Dawkins that made it 14-9 with less than four minutes gone in the second quarter.
But the Cardinal defense could not stop the No. 3 rushing offense in the country, and Army added a 1-yard touchdown on a run by Davis midway through the quarter and held a 21-9 lead at halftime.
In the second half, with Louisville trailing 24-12 and deep in its own territory, Kevin Czarnecki intercepted a pass off backup quarterback Marty Lowe. The turnover set up a scoring run by Thomas that gave Army a 30-12 edge with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
Army, which had five turnovers last week in a 20-14 loss to Division I-AA Citadel, had none against Louisville. The Cadets collected 416 yards rushing, 75 above their average.
Williams’ 65-yard scoring pass was Army’s longest touchdown in the air since the second game of last year, when Williams was on the receiving end of a 69-yarder against VMI.