Louisville Sluggin'

BlueRaiderZone.com recaps Thursday night's slugfest.

Whether you saw it live, watched it on ESPN2, or listened to the radio broadcast, by now you probably know that the Blue Raiders hung tough with the Louisville Cardinals but fell just short 58-42. Middle Tennessee exceeded most everyone's expectations and put on a great showing in front of a national audience. The game was so bizarre that a normal paragraph style recap just didn't seem to do it justice so here are some notes, facts, and stats from the game in bullet format.

• 8: Preseason Power Ranking of Louisville according to Sports Illustrated.
• 99: Preseason Power Ranking of MT according to Sports Illustrated.
• 108: Preseason Power Ranking of FAU according to Sports Illustrated.

• 14: Points scored by MT against FAU.
• 42: Points scored by MT against Louisville.

• 164: Average rushing yards allowed per game by FAU in 2006.
• 90: Middle's team rushing total against FAU in the 2007 opener.
• 10: Starters returned from the 2006 FAU defense.

• 105: Average rushing yards allowed per game by Louisville in 2006.
• 274: Middle's team rushing total against Louisville on Thursday.
• 275: Anthony Allen's total rushing yards vs. MT (Louisville record)

• 2.5: Underdog margin against FAU.
• 13: Margin of defeat for MT against FAU.

• 42.5: Underdog margin against Louisville.
• 16: Margin of defeat for MT against Louisville.

• 27: Margin of defeat for MT against Louisville in 2006.
• 0: Number of snaps Brian Brohm played in the 2006 meeting with MT.

• 3: Combined punts in Thursday's game.
• 4: Combined fumbles in Thursday's game.

• 30: First half over/under of Thursday's game.
• 49: Combined points in first quarter of Thursday's game.

• 10: Combined scoring drives of 70 or more yards in Thursday's game.
• 4: Number of times those drives lasted over five plays.

• 1: Hell of a game.

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