The University of Louisville Cardinals are 9-0 for the first time in school history after beating the Temple Owls, 45-17.
Temple started the game with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Matt Brown. Brown ended the game with seven returns for 227 yards and one touchdown.
The Owls stuck with the Cards until late in the second quarter when Louisville began to stop Temple's rushing attack. Louisville went into halftime up 31-17.
The second half belonged to the Cardinals as they shutout the Temple Owls.
Louisville had 508 yards total on offense in the game; Temple had 309.
“The way we started off this day," Charlie Strong said after the game, "I did not know if I would have a chance to stand up here talking about going 9-0. When you watch this team, Temple took the opening kickoff all the way back. Defensively we did not play well. We missed way too many tackles which allowed them to run the ball effectively in the first half. Then you watch the second half, we come out like a totally different defense. We shut down the run and actually pitched a shutout. This football team is a resilient team that always finds a way to win."
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 19-of-28 for 324 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. He also ran five times for 24 yards. Bridgewater now has 32 career touchdowns passes, which ties him for eighth in school history.
"To be a part of those rankings is special," Bridgewater said after the game. "It means a lot."
The Cards were able to be effective in their running game after struggling the past two games. Jeremy Wright ran for 100 yards in 10 carries with one touchdown. Senorise Perry added 79 yards in 14 carries.
"Every game we are trying to get better," Jeremy Wright said after the game. "We were able to get it down like our offensive coordinator (Shawn Watson) wanted us to."
UofL linebacker Preston Brown led the Cards in tackles with 10, including one tackle for a loss. Freshman linebacker Keith Brown added eight tackles.
Louisville forced more than three fumbles for the second-straight game in a row.
"On the defensive side we were able to create turnovers and stop the run," Strong said. "They rushed for a lot of yards, but we made them one dimensional. They couldn’t throw the ball that well so we locked in, and stayed in our gaps in the second half.”
Temple's one bright spot was running back Montel Harris who ran hard the entire game. Harris ended the game with 117 yards and one touchdown.
Louisville will wait until Sunday afternoon to see if they will move up the college football rankings. They face the Syracuse Orange next Saturday in another Big East battle.
Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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