Sunday Louisville football notebook

The University of Louisville football team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 35-7 win over Missouri State on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Here are a few notes from the contest and the day after:


The University of Louisville football team moved up in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls this weekend.

After beating Missouri State on Saturday, the Cardinals jumped from No. 23 into the No. 19 spot in the AP poll. U of L jumped over Notre Dame, but is just behind Michigan and Florida in the writers' poll.

In the coaches' poll, the Cardinals moved from No. 24 into the No. 20 spot. The Cardinals are just behind Notre Dame in the USA Today poll.

U of L is the only Big East team in the polls.

South Florida picked up 12 votes in the AP poll, while Cincinnati had 29 votes and South Florida had 21 in the coaches' poll.


Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been sharp in his first two games, completing 49 of 60 passes for 576 yards and two TDs.

Bridgewater was 30 of 39 on Saturday with three dropped passes and two passes that he threw away out of bounds.

In the first quarter alone, Bridgewater hit eight different receivers.

"Teddy is doing a great job of spreading the football around," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "It's so good now because if you watch Teddy, he's looking down the field, and he can feel the pressure, but he does a great job of getting rid of the ball."

Bridgewater leads the country in completion percentage for quarterbacks who have played two games at 81.7 percent.

He ranked No. 14 in yards and No. 15 in yards per catch at 9.6.

It marked the first time during his career that Bridgewater has surpassed the 300-yard mark. On third down this season, Bridgewater is 11 of 13 for 160 yards.


Louisville has now used five true freshmen in two weeks.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins played against Kentucky and picked up his first career start on Saturday. He started ahead of Roy Philon and had one tackle.

DeAngelo Brown, another defensive tackle, played for the first time in his career against the Bears and finished with three tackles.

Keith Brown, who wasn't dressed on Saturday because of an injury, James Burgess, and Josh Appleby are other true freshmen that have played.

Gerod Holliman also saw his first action late in the game.

Redshirt freshmen Corvin Lamb and Charles Gaines both played for the first time during their careers.


Matthew Nakatani, a redshirt freshman from Shelby County High School and the son of jockey Corey Nakatani, had a solid first game.

Nakatani said special teams coach Kenny Carter told him on Tuesday that he would handle the kicking duties because of a small injury to John Wallace.

Nakatani hit three extra points and also nailed 19- and 45-yard field goals.

"I had a great week and only missed a couple of kicks (in practice)," Nakatani said. "Coach had a lot of confidence in me."

Appleby handled the kickoff duties, while Ryan Johnson averaged 43 yards on three punts. Johnson is a redshirt freshman walk-on from DeSales.


** Lorenzo Mauldin had three tackles, including his first career sack. The sack resulted in an 11-yard loss.

** Junior-college transfer Ryan Hubbell caught his first career pass and it was a 2-yard TD catch.

** Corvin Lamb's first career carry was a 1-yard TD run.

** Senorise Perry led the Cardinals with 19 carries for 72 yards. He also had career-high four receptions for 41 yards.

** The attendance was announced as 47,553, which marks the 11th largest crowd in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium history.

** Running back Dominique Brown wasn't dressed for the game. He's sidelined with a right knee injury and Strong said he was "day-to-day."

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