No. 23 Cards Handle Missouri State, 35-7

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for a career best 344 yards and two touchdowns to lead 23rd-ranked Louisville to a 35-7 win over visiting Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Bridgewater was 30-for-39 through the air while completing passes to 10 different Louisville receivers as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season. Saturday marked the first time Bridgewater has surpassed the 300-yard passing mark in his career. Bridgewater’s 55-yard completion on the second drive of the game to redshirt freshman receiver Charles Gaines was the second-longest completion of his career. The catch for Gaines was the first of his career as he finished with three catches for 73 yards.

Defensively, sophomore safety Calvin Pryor led the Cardinals with eight solo tackles and one interception, while junior safety Hakeem Smith added six stops in the win. Louisville outgained Missouri State 475-249 in total yardage, including a 344-150 edge in passing yards.

A complete recap of Saturday’s game with stats, notes, quotes, press conference video and photos is available here at

Post-Game Notes

  • The Cardinals finished the game with 131 yards on the ground and held the Bears to 99 yards. Of the Cardinals’ 28 games under head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville has outrushed its opponents 19 times.

  • In his first career appearance, Matt Nakatani hit a 19-yard field goal to put Louisville ahead, 3-0. Nakatani tacked on his second field goal of the game in the fourth quarter and finished the game with two made extra points.

  • The Cardinals powered their way to 475 yards of offense, making this the first time Louisville has surpassed 400 yards of offense in consecutive games since accomplishing the feat in 2010 against Memphis and Cincinnati.

  • Teddy Bridgewater has remained calm on third downs, as he is 11-for-13 this season for 160 yards and one touchdown that down.

  • Senorise Perry, who rushed for 72 yards on 19 carries, finished the game with a career bests in receiving yards (41) and receptions (4).

  • Lorenzo Mauldin recorded three stops in the game, including his first career sack that resulted in an 11-yard loss.


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