U of L football notebook from USF win

The University of Louisville football team moved to 7-0 with a win over South Florida on Saturday to remain one of 11 FBS teams still undefeated. Cardinal Authority has a notebook of items from the 27-25 victory.

A LITTLE ‘TEBOW' IN TEDDY

U of L head coach Charlie Strong was around former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow when he was a star at the University of Florida.

Strong said he isn't about to compare U of L sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Tebow. But they do have something in common.

"I've been fortunate to be around Tim Tebow," Strong said. "They're two totally different quarterbacks. But they're both someone who can take the ball and they want the ball in their hands at the end. Teddy, that's what he wanted today, he wanted the ball in his hands."

Bridgewater got the ball in his hands – trailing 25-21 with just over three minutes left in the game against South Florida. He didn't fret.

Instead, Bridgewater directed an eight-play, 75-yard drive in 1:34 that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers.

"I wasn't scared," Bridgewater said. "I never get nervous. Some guys will try to juice the team up, but sometimes it's just fake. The team knows that when I'm quiet or anything like that, I mean business."

Bridgewater was 5 of 7 passing for 53 yards on the final drive and also had an 11-yard rush on a play where he was hit late out of bounds, resulting in a penalty that moved the ball to the 11-yard line.

Several players on the field after the game noted the team is "so efficient" in the two-minute drill in practice that it was no surprise.

"We do that all the time in practice," Rogers said.

Bridgewater finished the game 21 of 25 passing for 256 yards and two TDs, while also leading the Cardinals in rushing with 74 yards.

He hit nine different receivers, surpassed the 200-yard mark for the fifth time this season and threw a TD in his seventh straight game. For the season, Bridgewater has completed 138 of 188 passes 1,694 yards and 11 TDs.

REVE PERSONAL FOUL A TOUGH CALL

U of L head coach Charlie Strong said he wasn't happy with the explanation he received on the personal foul penalty called on Jermaine Reve.

Just before the goal-line stand, Reve came up and put a hit on South Florida wide receiver Derrick Hopkins, who had caught a bubble screen.

Strong said the officials told him Hopkins was in a vulnerable position.

"I said, ‘I don't know how that's a personal foul; he defeated a blocker and he hit him,' " Strong said. "I told them, that's not (Reve's) fault."

Reve, who had a solid game with six tackles – including one sack and two tackles for a loss – said he thought the penalty gave the defense "a sparked fire."

CARDS STILL UNDEFEATED

With the win over the Bulls, the Cardinals are 7-0 for the first time since 2006 and only the third time in school history.

The Cardinals started 8-0 in 2006 before losing to Rutgers. The Cardinals went on to win the Orange Bowl that season over Wake Forest.

The only other time the program won its first seven games before this season was in 1925 when U of L finished the season 8-0.

The win also gave U of L four straight home wins this season, marking the longest home winning streak since the Cardinals won six in a row in '06.

PRESSURE ON THE BULLS

The Cardinals' defense had just five sacks through the first five games of the season, but now have nine in two games after four against the Bulls.

Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin picked up two of the four sacks, while Jermaine Reve and Marcus Smith both added a sack.

"That's what happens with a team," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said. "You can go a span of three or four games without a sack and all of a sudden you start getting sack after sack after sack."

Mauldin leads the Cardinals now with 4.5 sacks on the season.

"I think we do have a tough defense and if we put our minds to it we can do anything," Mauldin said. "Coach has been stressing about the sacks as well. As a whole, I am not the best pass rusher in the country but I am labeled as a pass rusher so I feel like I have to step up. We're trying to get after them and it's working.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

*U of L didn't have a great game rushing but still added two more TDs on the ground when Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry both scored. The Cardinals now have 19 rushing TDs this season, marking the most in a single-season since the 2007 season when the team finished with 22 rushing TDs.

*Perry finished with 29 yards on 11 carries but did score on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, marking his 10th TD of the season. On the play before his TD, Perry looked like he got into the end zone before he hit the pylon, but he didn't stick the ball out and it was not ruled a TD. Wright finished with 27 yards on 11 carries and scored on an 11-yard run in the second quarter. He has seven TDs this season.

*Adrian Bushell ended the game with an interception of the B.J. Daniels hail mary down the field It was his second career interception. Bushell had four tackles.

*Wide receiver DeVante Parker was used as a deep safety on the final play of the game when the Cardinals called time out and set up a prevent defense.

*South Florida scored a field goal on its first drive, marking the only first-quarter points the Cardinals have given up at home this season.

*Linebacker Preston Brown had a career-high 17 tackles, including seven solo stops in the win over the Bulls.

*University of Louisville women's soccer player Angelika Uremovich was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the game.


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