LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's plan to double up on its ground game has turned out better than the No. 16 Cardinals had scripted.
Splitting carries between running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright has improved the ground game, which has resulted in a more balanced Louisville offensive attack entering Saturday's Big East Conference game against South Florida.
Perry leads Louisville (6-0, 1-0) with 559 yards and nine touchdowns on 96 carries, just three less than Wright's 99 attempts for 450 yards and six TDs.
Most notable is Louisville's 17 rushing touchdowns, four more than all of last season.
Though passing still accounts for nearly 60 percent of the Cardinals' 2,455 yards, the ground game's improvement has eased the burden on sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.