Louisville whips Kentucky - wrap up

Louisville claimed its season-opener on Sunday with a 32-14 victory over Kentucky at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Here's a wrap-up notebook from the game:

TEDDY'S MONSTER PERFORMANCE

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a record opening in leading the University of Louisville past rival Kentucky.

Bridgewater, who started 10 games as a freshman, connected on 19 of 21 passes for 232 yards in the contest. He set a new school record for completion percentage in a single game, including one stretch where he hit 11 passes in a row.

"He has such good pocket presence and is just so poised," U of L head coach Strong said of Bridgewater. "He can just release the football and then he can find open receivers, even on the ones that they got the pressure on him.

"One thing about Teddy now is that he studies the game, so he is able to get us in the right spots and make the throws. A year ago, I don't know if he was really locked in. He wanted to be the quarterback but it was almost like he didn't want to stud the game to go be the quarterback. Now, it's just a different game.

"He studies the game, he tells the receivers where to go, he's locked in."

Stefan LeFors had the old mark, completing 12 of 14 against East Carolina in 2004.

Bridgewater's first pass of the season – a 23-yarder to Damien Copeland – also marked the longest opening pass of the season since Brian Brohm connected with Harry Douglas on a 44-yard completion in 2007.

A PAIR OF 100-YARD RUSHERS

After a long debate in the preseason about what running back would start, both Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry topped the 100-yard mark.

It was the first time since 2010 that U of L had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game – Bilal Powell and Victor Anderson against Arkansas State – as Perry carried 16 tomes for 109 yards and one touchdown and Wright had 22 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns.

"We expect a lot out of our offense and if it happens, it happens," Perry said. "We both ran hard today and got to 100. And when we run hard, we expect to get 100. The line was great. Those holes were huge.

"I have to give all the credit in the world to the line."

Perry averaged 6.8 yards a carry, including his 47-yard TD run, while Wright averaged 4.8. Wright became the first back at U of L to score three rushing TDs in a game since Brock Bolen did it in 2008 against Middle Tennessee State.

The Cardinals were without Dominique Brown, who was also expected to get carries. He had a brace on his right knee and Strong said he "would have been able to play if we needed him," noting that he should be "fine for next week."

Redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb was not dressed. He had been hampered by a wrist injury during fall camp. Lamb was also competing for the starting spot.

WALLACE HAS A SOLID DAY

Redshirt freshman John Wallace, a former All-State kicker from Central Hardin, had a solid day in his first game action at U of L.

Wallace opened the game with a kickoff into the end zone.

He finished the game with two of three touchbacks on kickoffs and also booted a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Wallace also was 3-for-3 on extra points.

"Wallace stepped up and that's good to see," Strong said.

TWO –POINT CONVERSION

After the first touchdown of the game, the Cardinals lined up for the extra point when Will Stein went on a quick snap.

Grant Donovan snapped the ball to Stein, who then hit defensive lineman Marcus Smith for a two-point conversion.

"We have been working on that all fall camp," Stein said. "They gave us the look that we expected, so we called it, and threw it for a two-point conversion."

Stein said Smith is a "big" target and Strong noted he also has a fade route in for Smith, who is "a big guy but very athletic."

FRESHMEN ON THE FIELD

Four true freshmen and six others saw their first game action.

Linebackers Keith Brown and James Burgess, who enrolled in January and went through spring practices, both saw action on defense.

Burgess finished with three tackles in his opener.

Punter Joshua Appleby and defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins were also on the field and playing in their career openers.

Tight end Ryan Hubbell, safety Jermaine Reve, linebacker Jalen Harrington, kicker John Wallace, punter Ryan Johnson and lineman Ryan Mack all saw the first action of their careers during the contest.

THE FANS SHOW OUT

It was a soggy day but it didn't keep the fans away.

The crowd arrived early and was a stadium-record 55,386. The previous record was 55,327 in 2010 against Kentucky.

U of L sold a record 43,500 season-tickets for this season.

A FEW CARDINAL LEFTOVERS

*Wide receiver Jarrett Davis only had one catch for 12 yards but had a huge block on the 47-yard TD run by Senorise Perry. Davis was lined up outside on the right and blocked safety Martavius Neloms about 10 yards down field. Perry broke free and then ran off the left side of the block into the end zone for the score.

*The Cardinals are now 9-6 against Kentucky when opening the season with the rivalry. U of L is now 11-14 all-time against UK, including 11-8 since the series was renewed in 1994. U of L is 4-4 against UK in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

*Louisville didn't have two rushing TDs last season until the fourth game and racked up four on Sunday in the opener.

*U of L scored on its opening possession of the season for the first time since 2007 when they scored on Murray State.

*U of L hadn't converted a two-point conversion in the season-opener since doing it against Tulane in 1987. The last two-point conversion came in 2009 against Southern Mississippi when Adam Froman hit Scott Radcliff.

*Safety Hakeem Smith had his sixth career game with 10 tackles. He led the defense with a total of 10 tackles.

*U of L scored 22 points in the first half, marking the third-most they have scored in a game against UK since 2000. In 2006, U of L scored 31 in the first half and in 2005 they scored 28.

*Louisville is now 14-4 under Charlie Strong when scoring 20 or more points. The Cardinals are 10-3 when holding teams under 20 points.


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