The University of Louisville Cardinals are now 2-0 on the season after beating Missouri State, 35-7, Saturday in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Although Louisville dominated the MSU Bears throughout the game, they did make several mistakes on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals committed a total of nine penalties for 87 yards.
“I am very pleased with the victory today, but what is frustrating is that we played hard but we did not play smart," Charlie Strong said after the game. “We had nine penalties, and if you look at last week, our offense ran pretty well and then this week we sputtered offensively in the first half. We never got in sync, and we never got into rhythm.”
Teddy Bridgewater was 30-of-39 on the day for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Bridgewater dispersed the ball well around the field, throwing to 10 different receivers. It was the first time in his career throwing for more than 300 yards in a game.
Redshirt freshman Charles Gaines played his first game in a Cardinal uniform. The speedy wide receiver had three catches for 73 yards, including a 55-yard reception in the first quarter that led to Louisville's first touchdown.
Running back Jeremy Wright left the second quarter with an ankle injury, but he returned in the second half. Coach Strong said after the game the Wright should be fine.
Senorise Perry led the Cardinals in rushing for the second week in a row. The junior running back ran for 72 yards and one touchdown.
After the game, Perry said, "Expectations for the team are going up every week. We just can't buy into complacency."
Defensively, Louisville was able to overpower Missouri State throughout the game. The Cardinals defense held the Bears to just 249 yards of total offense. Ashton Glaser, who transferred from Missouri after last season, was held to 125 yards throwing.
Sophomore free safety Calvin Pryor led the Louisville defense with eight tackles and one interception. Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin had the only sack on the day for the Cardinals.
“We could always play better,” Calvin Pryor said after the game. “We are the 23rd team in the nation; that is supposed to mean something.”
Missouri State's safety, Cal Schaffitzel, had an incredible 17 tackles in the game.
Louisville will play North Carolina at home next Saturday. The Cardinals lost last year to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, 14-7.
Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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