Louisville Remains Undefeated After Holding On to Beat South Florida

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 20:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the South Florida Bulls at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The University of Louisville Cardinals remain undefeated after narrowly beating the South Florida Bulls, 27-25.

Louisville led most of the game until South Florida QB B.J. Daniels threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis with three minutes left to go in the game, putting the Bulls up 25-21.

UofL sophomore Teddy Bridgewater then led the Cards on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers to regain the lead with less than two minutes left in the game.

B.J. Daniels tried for one last heave but was intercepted by UofL senior cornerback Adrian Bushell.

Louisville coach Charlie Strong said after the game, “It was great to see our football team come from behind and put together that drive there at the end.”

“Each game is going to be like this because we are in a conference race now,” Strong added. “You have to be competitive each week. South Florida came in here wanting to win this football game and we were able to answer at the end.”

Teddy Bridgewater completed his first 11 passes and went on to throw 21-of-25 in the game for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Cardinals in rushing with 74 yards on 10 carries.

"I expect that from myself," Bridgewater said after the game. "My goal is to complete 80 percent of my passes or higher. Throwing 11 straight gets me in a rhythm.

Louisville receiver Damian Copeland had an impressive game with five catches for 93 yards. He also caught his first career touchdown in the third quarter.

Copland said of his first touchdown, "It felt great, it was a long time coming."

South Florida's defense did a tremendous job containing Louisville's running backs. Senorise Perry, who came into the game averaging 93 yards a game, had just 31 yards on 11 carries. Jeremy Wright was held to 29 yards on 11 carries. Both Wright and Perry did each have one rushing touchdown in the game.

Linebacker Preston Brown led the Cardinals in tackles with 17.

B.J. Daniels had 189 yards passing for the Bulls with three touchdowns. The senior QB was pressured most of the game and was sacked four times.

USF running back Lindsey Lamar rushed for a career-high 110 yards. Senior Demetris Murray added 57 yards on the ground.

The Bulls ran 26 more plays than the Cardinals and had five more minutes in possession time.

Although Louisville is undefeated, they continue to have to battle until the end. But the players know they can rely on their quarterback to lead them to victory—no matter what the circumstance.

Safety Jermaine Reve, who played with Bridgewater at Miami Northwestern High School, said of the star quarterback, "I have a lot of faith in Teddy. He just has that it factor, a lot of positive things happen for him."

Louisville will once again put their undefeated record on the line next Friday night when they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats lost their first game of the season against Toledo Saturday, losing 29-23.

Charlie Strong didn't expect his team to be unbeaten at this point, but he is anxious to see how far his Cardinals can fly.

"At the beginning of the season, I never thought we would be 7-0," Strong said. "As we continue to develop and grow, we will see how far we can go."


Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

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