Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead 18th-ranked Louisville to a 28-21 win at FIU on Saturday night in Miami. With the win, the Cardinals improved to 4-0 overall to continue their best start to a season since opening 8-0 in 2006, a season which ended with a BIG EAST title and an Orange Bowl win.
Bridgewater, a Miami native, was 19-for-36 for 194 yards passing and scoring throws to Andrell Smith and Nick Heuser. Smith finished with five catches for 50 yards, including his first touchdown of the season and the fifth of his career. Junior Senorise Perry led the way on the ground for the Cardinals rushing for 74 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.
Louisville, which trailed for the first time this season at 14-7 midway through the second quarter, was outgained for the first time in four games (326-323 in total offense). The 323 yards of offense for the Cardinals were a season low. After facing the seven-point deficit, U of L scored the next 21 points in the game to gain command for good.
Defensively, senior cornerback Adrian Bushell led the way for Louisville with seven tackles, including five solo stops and one for loss. Calvin Pryor, Preston Brown and Marcus Smith added five tackles each for the Cardinals in the win.
A complete recap of Saturday’s game, including stats and photos, is available here at UofLsports.com.
- Saturday’s victory avenged the Cardinals’ 24-17 home loss to FIU last season.
- Louisville has won back-to-back regular season games in the state of Florida and three straight overall in the Sunshine State overall.
- Saturday’s win marked the second straight season the Cardinals have won their road-opener.
- With a 129-128 edge in rushing yards on Saturday night, Louisville has outrushed its opponents in all four games this season.
- FIU became the first team this season to score in the first quarter against the Cardinals. Including Saturday night’s first quarter, which ended tied at 7-7, Louisville has outscored its opponents 41-7 in the opening quarter this season.