LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Tony Stallings rushed for a career-high 155 yards and Dave Ragone threw two touchdown passes to Deion Branch to lead Louisville to a 38-21 victory over Memphis on Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Ragone, who leads the league in passing efficiency, went 15-of-27 for 207 yards without an interception for the Cardinals (4-1, 1-0), who beat the Tigers for the eighth time in the last nine meetings. Branch had five catches for 134 yards, the third time this season and eighth time in his career he's gone over 100 yards receiving. Stallings, last year's leading rusher who's been hampered by knee problems this fall, had two fourth-quarter touchdown runs. His 45-yarder with 2:22 left in the game was Louisville's longest from scrimmage this season, and put Stallings over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time in his career. Freshman running back Lionel Gates added 68 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown in his first action. Dante Brown rushed 16 times for 119 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers (2-2, 0-1). Danny Wimprine threw two touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter when the game was decided. Louisville's offense rushed for a season-best 235 yards and took control of the game after a shaky opening series. On the Cardinals' second play from scrimmage, Memphis linebacker Greg Harper hit Ragone, forced a fumble and pounced on the loose ball at the Louisville 22. Brown scored on a 1-yard run 2 minutes later. The Cardinals, averaging only 106 rushing yards per game, had more yards on the ground on their answering drive (53) than they had in all of last week's 34-10 loss to Illinois (29). Ragone found Branch in the end zone from 10 yards out for the tying touchdown with 8:27 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals chewed up 6{ minutes on their next drive and Nathan Smith kicked a 27-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter to put Louisville ahead for good. A quick strike from Ragone to Branch extended the lead late in the second quarter. On first down from the Louisville 31, Ragone dumped a short pass to Branch, who found a seam in the defense and raced untouched down the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown with 5:17 left before halftime. Branch finished the first half with four catches for 122 yards. Gates, a Jacksonville, Fla., product, scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter for an eventual 24-7 Louisville lead.

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