Louisville's seven-game skid was bad enough. Worse were the large margins of defeat and opponents' apparent ease in lighting up the scoreboard.
That combination spelled the end of coach Bobby Petrino's second chapter with the Cardinals.
Louisville fired Petrino on Sunday morning with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.
The school announced Petrino's dismissal with a statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who wasn't confident the coach could turn things around next season. He said a new head coach would be chosen soon to restore the program to national prominence.