Friday, November 5, 2004
Enough points to go around
No.14 Cardinals post 56 in holding on to defeat Memphis
The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Eric Shelton scored his fourth touchdown with 37 seconds left, and No. 14 Louisville held off Memphis 56-49 on Thursday night.
The Cardinals (6-1, 4-0 Conference USA) and their high-powered offense did just enough to keep the Tigers (5-3, 2-3) from beating aranked opponent for the first time since 1996.
Shelton, who ran for 136 yards on 14 carries, scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half, and Stefan LeFors added three touchdown passes.
LeFors, the nation's most efficient passer, wasn't as sharp as his 76 percent season-completion rate, but he still hit on 24 of 34 attempts for 321 yards and didn't commit a turnover.
It was a wild game that featured 10 lead changes, capped when Shelton scored from the 1 to put Louisville ahead 54-49. LeFors ran in a 2-point conversion, and the Cardinals then intercepted a pass to seal it.
FLORIDA: If Steve Spurrier decides to coach again, it won't be at his alma mater.
Spurrier withdrew his name from consideration Thursday to replace Ron Zook, saying his time at Florida has passed.
The announcement relieves any reservations boosters and school officials had regarding Spurrier's potential return. It also opens up a coaching search that was widely considered Spurrier's to lose.
"He said he's done his thing here and he just thinks it's better for us to go find a coach who will be here for the next 10 or 15 years," athletic director Jeremy Foley said.
The Gators won six Southeastern Conference championships and the 1996 national title under Spurrier. He posted 122 victories over 12 seasons, tormented opponents with his offensive flair and witty one-liners and left town with the best winning percentage in league history.
Zook, hired in 2002 after Spurrier left to coach the Washington Redskins, was fired last week after the latest in a series of embarrassing losses - a 38-31 defeat by lowly Mississippi State.
Spurrier quit the Redskins after two losing seasons and indicated last week he would consider a return to Gainesville.
Foley and Spurrier exchanged several phone messages, trying to set up an interview with school president Bernie Machen after the season.
But Spurrier's latest message ended all speculation about his return.
"When I departed three years ago, there were several reasons why I believed it was time to move on," Spurrier said. "Other than simply wanting to coach in the NFL someday, I also believed that 12 years at Florida was probably long enough."
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, Utah's Urban Meyer and Cal's Jeff Tedford are considered other possible candidates.
Stoops, who spent three seasons as Spurrier's defensive coordinator at Florida, repeatedly has denied any interest in the Gators job.
Machen hired Meyer at Utah in December 2002, and Meyer's diverse offense would be welcomed in Gainesville.
Tedford has spent his entire career on the West Coast, but he could be the perfect blend between Spurrier and Zook. His quarterback-tailored system has turned Cal into one of the top offenses in the nation.
Florida wants to have a coach in place by mid-December.
EAST CAROLINA: Quarterback James Pinkney and two teammates were injured in an automobile accident Wednesday night and are listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Houston.
The others involved were center Hunter Wood and reserve guard Trey Magee, who was driving. Magee was cited for having an open alcoholic beverage container.
The school said Magee passed a road breathalyzer test, and Pirates coach John Thompson planned to punish Magee through the team.
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