After a wild game that saw Cincinnati and Louisville go back and forth, No. 16 Louisville won the Keg of Nails on Friday night with a 34-31 overtime victory.
Both offenses, behind Cincinnati's Munchie Legaux and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, struggled in the first half, but it was Bridgewater and the Cardinals who came away with the last laugh in Louisville.
Here's a look at some Twitter reaction and grades of the key players from each team.
As Cincinnati jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter, Andrew Force of Cincinnati.Rivals.com tweeted:
12 of the last 15 games between Louisville/Cincinnati the winner had 28+ points.— Andrew (@BearcatReport) October 27, 2012
Running back Ralph David Abernathy IV, the grandson of former civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy, apparently is really fast, too. Abernathy scored on a blistering 14-yard reverse play.
Several NFL Scouts are beaming at the Ralph David Abernathy IV scurry.It was beautiful.— Andrew (@BearcatReport) October 27, 2012
Before the game, Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux said he was a better player than Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports wasn't buying it early on:
Munchie still not better than Teddy, but both struggling w elements. Teddy 3-12 for 83 yards. Munchie 3-10 for 23 yards w two picks.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 27, 2012
Of course, a 31-yard pass to Danny Milligan toward the end of the first half changed some people's perceptions.
Paul Dehner Jr. of GoBearcats.com tweeted:
Wow. That was a big boy pass from Munchie Legaux.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 27, 2012
After Abernathy scored his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com put the Legaux-Bridgewater debate to rest:
Who's been better between Teddy Bridgewater and Munchie Legeaux? Ralph David Abernathy IV. That's who.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) October 27, 2012
But Bridgewater and Co. responded down the road, with the Cardinals' sophomore earning praise from ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell, who also played quarterback at Florida State and in the NFL:
Big time drive with 2 beautiful throws by Teddy Bridgewater. This kid will be a 1st round pick when he comes out. He's only a true soph too— Danny Kanell (@dkanell13) October 27, 2012
Grades for Key Cincinnati Players
Munchie Legaux, QB: C-
Munchie Legaux was having a rough game before connecting with Damon Julian on a 26-yard strike to tie the game with 1:03 remaining.
On the other hand, Legaux threw a crippling interception in overtime.
After going 4-of-15 for 54 yards and two interceptions in the first half, he finished going 13-of-28 for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
George Winn, RB: A
George Winn picked up steam throughout the game, racking up some nice yardage, including a 25-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He finished with 175 yards on 27 carries.
Ralph David Abernathy IV, RB: A
It's no wonder why Abernathy is drawing comparisons to New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles. He's lightning-fast and that showed in his 14-yard scamper for a touchdown in the first quarter. He also had a nice kickoff return to give Cincy good field position inside of two minutes to play.
Abernathy finished with 39 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Grades for Key Louisville Players
Teddy Bridgewater, QB: A
After going 9-of-22 for 154 yards and an interception in the first half, Bridgewater was spectacular in the second half, finishing 24-of-41 for 416 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
DeVante Parker, WR: A
DeVante Parker had a spectacular game. Not only did he make an acrobatic 30-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but he hooked up with Bridgewater for a 64-yard touchdown to put Louisville on top with less than two minutes remaining.
Parker finished with four catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Jeremy Wright, RB: B+
Jeremy Wright didn't do much on the ground Friday night early on, but he got things rolling as the game wore on, ending up with 75 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.