Chad Christen’s 30-yard field goal in the third overtime gave Connecticut a 23-20 upset of No. 18 Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals (9-2, 4-2 BIG EAST Conference) dropped their second straight game but still have a chance for a BCS bowl berth by beating first-place Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 BIG EAST) on Thursday in Piscataway, N.J. Blidi Wreh-Wilson set up the Huskies’ winning score by intercepting Teddy Bridgewater’s pass intended for DeVante Parker in the end zone. The Huskies ran three plays for 12 yards before Christen’s second overtime kick gave Connecticut (5-6, 2-4 BIG EAST) its second straight win.
The Cardinals trailed 10-0 after three quarters and briefly lost Bridgewater with a left wrist injury before the sophomore returned to lead Louisville’s fourth-quarter rally capped by his 6-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. After trading field goals in the first overtime, Johnny McEntee put Connecticut ahead with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Shakim Phillips before Bridgewater’s 25-yard TD pass to Parker.
Bridgewater completed 30 of 53 passes for 331 and two touchdowns but was sacked four times. Damian Copeland caught five passes for 95 yards while Parker added 91 on eight receptions.
Sophomore Calvin Pryor finished the game with a career-high 11 tackles, seven of which were solo stops. He also had his third pass breakup of the year. Freshman James Burgess registered the first double-digit tackle total of his career, making 10 stops. He also tallied the first interception of his career.
A complete recap of Saturday’s game with links to stats, notes, quotes, press conference video and photos, is available here at UofLsports.com.
- The Cardinals and Huskies met for the ninth meeting in series history. Louisville had won the last two meetings heading into Saturday’s contest. Louisville still holds a 5-4 series advantage. When playing in Louisville, the Cardinals own a 3-2 mark against the Huskies.
- Hakeem Smith made the 36th-straight start of his career. Also with a notable number of consecutive starts: Teddy Bridgewater (21), Mario Benavides (21), Alex Kupper (24) and Jake Smith (24).
- Teddy Bridgewater surpassed 300 yards passing for the fifth time this season. He has thrown for 5,318 yards in his career, becoming just the eighth quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat. He remained in eighth place in the career all-time charts.
- Bridgewater’s 331 yards gives him 3,189 for the season, putting him into fourth place on the single-season charts. He passed Stefan LeFors, who threw for 3,145 yards in 2003.
- Bridgewater has thrown a touchdown pass in 10-straight games. He has 23 passing touchdowns this season, tied with Dave Ragone (2001) for sixth most in a single season.