West Virginia opened up their Big East clash with Louisville by returning the opening kickoff 62 yards. Three plays later, WVU quarterback Geno Smith connected with Tavon Austin for a 25-yard touchdown pass to take a quick 7 point lead.
Louisville answered back with a drive of their own sparked by a 55-yard run by Dominique Brown to the WVU 10-yard line. Two plays later Jeremy Wright ran the ball in from 8 yards out for the touchdown to tie the game 7-7. WVU's next possession looked like the were going to go right back down the field and score with Dustin Garrison rushing the ball for 10-yards on first down, but after that the drive stalled out and the Mountaineers punted.
Louisville took advantage of the flipped possessions and took the lead. On the scoring drive, Tyler Bridgewater connected with Eli Rogers for 37-yards to break into WVU territory. Three plays later Senorice Perry punched the ball in from 13 yards out to go up 14-7.
One again the Mountaineers started their drive with a big chunk of yardage with Gino Smith hitting Stedman Bailey for 16 yards, but their drive stalled out from there, punting the ball back to the Cardinals. Michael Molinari shanked the punt however, as it traveled only 12 yards before going out of bounds giving Louisville excellent field position.
The Mountaineers defense came to play on Louisville's next drive however, as Bridewater was sacked bye WVU star defensive end Bruce Irvin on back to back plays for a loss of 15 yards combined, leading Louisville to punt as the first quarter ended.
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