Louisville 56, Memphis 49
-- Eric Shelton scored his fourth touchdown from one yard out 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 a ranked opponent for the first time since 1996.
Shelton ran for 136 yards on 14 carries, including a 78-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He scored on three short runs in the second half, and Stefan LeFors finished with three first-half touchdown passes.
LeFors, the nation's most efficient passer, wasn't as sharp as his 76 percent season completion rate, but still hit on 24 of 34 attempts for 321 yards without 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 two-point conversion, then the Cardinals intercepted a pass to seal it.
The teams combined for 68 points and 703 yards of total offense -- in the first half.
Louisville took a 48-40 lead after consecutive touchdown runs by Shelton, the second with 11 minutes 54 seconds remaining.