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Louisville shows style in romp of Huskies

Bobby Petrino doesn't know if lobbying for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series will help Louisville's chances of securing one of the coveted - not to mention lucrative - bowl berths.

The way Petrino looks at it, the sixth-ranked Cardinals' actions during their 48-17 win over Connecticut speaks louder than any words their soft-spoken coach could muster.

"We went out on the field and played as well as we could," Petrino said. "We certainly feel like we deserve to be there."

The Cardinals (11-1, 6-1) played like it against the overmatched Huskies (4-8, 1-6). Brian Brohm threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns as Louisville clinched at least a share of the Big East championship. Harry Douglas caught five passes for 149 yards and two scores and Anthony Allen added two touchdowns on the ground as Louisville took control early.

But Louisville's school-record 11th regular-season win might not be enough to secure the Cardinals a spot in the BCS. The Cardinals need No. 15 West Virginia to beat No. 13 Rutgers on Saturday night to win the conference title outright, an automatic berth into the BCS and a likely trip to the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

If the Scarlet Knights beat the Mountaineers, they would win the Big East courtesy of their 28-25 win over the Cardinals on Nov. 9, leaving Louisville hoping for one of the four at-large berths into the BCS.

"I think we're definitely BCS-worthy, but there's only so many spots," said Brohm, who announced after the game that he will return for his senior year. "If we don't get one of those spots, we'll take whatever we get. We'll have to pull together."

Just in case the Cardinals needed style points, Brohm provided plenty. He was nearly flawless, completing 20 of 28 passes and leading the Cardinals to scores on all but two drives before exiting following his final touchdown pass, a 32-yard strike to Gary Barnidge midway through the fourth quarter.

As Barnidge celebrated the score, a fan threw an orange onto the field as the Papa John's Stadium crowd roared.

"We've done a great job all year, adversity we've been able to overcome it," Brohm said. "Right now, we're playing great football. I think we're peaking."

The victory extended Louisville's home winning streak to 18 straight, the second-longest in the country. The Cardinals rolled up 570 yards of offense and only punted once.

"Our whole offense the last couple of games is going like we were playing early in the year," Douglas said. "We're really coming on."

Donald Brown ran for 122 yards for Connecticut, but the Huskies didn't have the firepower to keep up. Quarterback Matt Bonislawski completed 7 of 19 passes for 89 yards with one interception.