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Stopping another 'little brother' QB big if WVU is deck Cards

October 15, 2005|By JOHN RABY

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.
- The Kid Brother Quarterback Tour continues today for West Virginia.

There was Virginia Tech's dismantling of the Mountaineers, compliments of Marcus Vick two weeks ago. Now West Virginia must deal with Louisville's Brian Brohm, whose brother, Jeff, led the Cardinals in their last visit to Morgantown in 1993.

That 36-34 gem was proof that West Virginia could win a high-scoring game.

Today that might not be possible.

West Virginia (5-1, 2-0 Big East) hasn't scored a second-half touchdown in three games, and its defense must figure out a way to cool off Brohm and Michael Bush and keep No. 19 Louisville (4-1, 0-1) from getting into the conference race.

"I'm looking forward to starting off the new rivalry," said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino.

Louisville will be going for its fourth 60-point game of the season and has scored on its first possession in half of its games under its third-year coach.

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"You've got to try to limit the big plays, which we've been pretty good at so far this year," said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. "They score so quickly, I think it takes the other team out of their offense so fast. Our guys know they have that capability offensively. We've got to do all we can to put them in a dogfight."

Louisville heads on the road for the first time since a lopsided loss at South Florida on Sept. 24. The Cardinals took out that frustration by blowing out Florida Atlantic and North Carolina at home.

"We've put that loss behind us," said Brohm, who threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns against the Tar Heels last week.

Just as Vick put together his best game of the season in West Virginia's tough surroundings, Brohm is salivating at the chance to quiet a sellout crowd.

"I love playing on the road like that," Brohm said. "I just think it's fun to get in a hostile environment and challenge yourself."

His job may have gotten a bit easier. West Virginia nose tackle Ernest Hunter is out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury, while defensive end Andrae Wright (hip pointer) and defensive back Anthony Mims (hamstring) aren't at full strength.

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