No. 16 Cardinals Open BIG EAST Action with 45-35 Win at Pitt

Running back Senorise Perry ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 304 yards and a score as unbeaten and 16th-ranked Louisville opened its BIG EAST Conference slate with a 45-35 win at Pittsburgh on Saturday at Heinz Field.

After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the Cardinals (6-0, 1-0) outscored the Panthers (2-4, 0-3) 21-0 in the third quarter triggered by a 75-yard touchdown pass and catch from Bridgewater to DeVante Parker on the first play of the second half. Overall, Parker finished with four catches for a career-best 153 yards receiving.

Bridgewater was 17-for-26 overall through the air and surpassed the 300-yard mark for the second time this season, while Perry ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight game and the third time this season. The four touchdowns for Perry were a career high and the most for a Louisville player since Michael Bush ran for four scores against West Virginia in 2005.

Defensively, freshman linebacker Keith Brown led the Cardinals with a career-best 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and one tackle for loss. Safety Calvin Pryor added eight tackles while cornerback Terell Floyd had seven stops. After entering the game with just five sacks in five games, Louisville doubled its season total on Saturday sacking Panthers’ quarterback Tino Sunseri five times.

Following three straight road wins, Louisville returns to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to begin a stretch of three consecutive home games starting with USF on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., ET on ABC.

A complete recap of Saturday’s win, including stats and photos, is available here at UofLsports.com.

Post-Game Notes

  • Saturday’s win halted a four-game winning streak for Pitt against Louisville and evened the all-time series between the two programs at 8-8.

  • With the 6-0 start, the Cardinals continue their best start to a season since 2006, when they opened with eight straight wins en route to a BIG EAST title, an Orange Bowl win and a 12-1 record overall.

  • Louisville won its BIG EAST Conference opener for the first time since 2006 and improved to 2-6 all-time in BIG EAST openers.

  • With 460 yards of total offense on Saturday, Louisville has finished with at least 460 yards in four of six games this season.

  • Nine different Cardinals had receptions on Saturday marking the fourth time in six games this season Louisville has completed passes to nine or more different players.

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