John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift No. 14 Louisville to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium after an attempt to ice the redshirt freshman kicker went horribly wrong for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati got the ball first in overtime but Terell Floyd intercepted Munchie Legaux’s floater in the end zone and the Cardinals drove 12 yards to set up Wallace’s kick. Bearcats coach Butch Jones called timeout right before the field-goal attempt, and the high snap went through the hands of holder Will Stein. After the timeout, Wallace calmly drilled the ball through the uprights on the next snap to give Louisville the win.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater connected with receiver DeVante Parker for two terrific touchdowns after the Cardinals (8-0, 3-0 BIG EAST) fell behind 24-14 with 10:26 left in the third quarter. Bridgewater completed 24 of 41 passes for 416 yards and the pair of touchdown strikes to Parker, who had four catches for 120 yards.
Defensively, linebackers Preston Brown and Keith Brown had 13 tackles each to set the pace. Preston Brown added one of the Cardinals’ season-high three interceptions, while Keith Brown had a team-high 11 solo stops.
With the win, Louisville stopped a four-game slide in the series against Cincinnati and captured the Keg of Nails trophy that goes to the winner of the rivalry. Up next, Louisville will host Temple in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon ET and the game will be televised by ABC.
A complete recap of Friday’s win, with links to stats, notes, quotes, press conference video and photos, is available here at UofLsports.com.
- The Cardinals and Bearcats met for the 52nd time in series history. Cincinnati had won the last four meetings in the series and the last two at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals’ victory over the Bearcats is the first since 2007.
- The Cardinals are 8-0 for the first time since the 2006 season, when Louisville opened the year at 8-0 before falling to Rutgers. The Cardinals went on to finish 12-1, which included a 24-13 win over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.
- Louisville has been victorious in five-straight home games, the longest home-winning streak under head coach Charlie Strong. The previous longest home winning streak came in 2006, when Louisville went 6-0 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
- The Cardinals moved to 3-0 in BIG EAST play for the second time in school history and first since 2006, when the Cardinals opened league play at 3-0 before falling to Rutgers.
- When scoring more than 20 points in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals’ record is 21-4.