From the locker room: Louisville whips Owls

The University of Louisville football team moved to 9-0 on the season - the best start in school history - after a 45-17 victory over Temple on Saturday. Cardinal Authority was there and has these quotes from the locker room:

U of L coach Charlie Strong

"The way we started off this day, I didn't know if I would have a chance to stand up here talking about going 9-0. . . . 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. We talked earlier how we needed to play well and execute. We have to stay locked in and be focused and not play down to the end where someone has to have a winning drive. We didn't need to rely on Teddy (Bridgewater) to operate late and get a winning drive."

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"We have not talked about our record. Each week our focus has been just on the team we are playing. We were sitting there at 8-0 and I never once said, ‘Hey, we are 8-0 and No. 10 in the country.' I just said, ‘Hey, listen guys, we have a good Temple football team coming in here and it is going to be a tough game.' This morning at breakfast, I rattled their cage a little because I just did not feel like the focus was there. Guys were coming in late and that's just not the character of our football team. I told them, ‘Listen right now, when that game starts, we are going to be in a dog fight in the beginning. Who is going to step up and see who can take over the leadership of this football team and lead this team and see how well we can come back and bounce back and play?' That is what we were able to do."

U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

"(Offensive coordinator Shawn) Watson did a great job of calling the plays and we executed. It felt very good - just knowing that we can go out there and just play football relaxed and calm."

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"It's something special just to be the first to ever do it. It's just great to be a part of history. Going into this week, we were aware and we were trying to make history. We didn't want to press or anything so we just went out and played Cardinal football."

U of L running back Jeremy Wright

‘'Our offensive lineman got to their blocks and we had some stuff on the field that has been showing up in practice. We got it done like the offensive coordinator has wanted us to."

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"It does mean a lot, but at the same time, that's not our goal. We are just trying to keep winning games and keep getting better for next week."

U of L tight end Ryan Hubbell

"We have a lot of momentum right now. You can tell in the locker room because everybody is upbeat. We're all going out to practice and having great practices every week and I think that's because of our record."

U of L cornerback Adrian Bushell

"I felt like we started a little sluggish. We had a lot of missed tackles. They got 150 yards on plays where we missed tackles, so if we could eliminate something like that, then we could of held them to maybe under 50 yards."

Temple coach Steve Addazio

"I told our football team in the locker room that I really thought we came out hard, I thought we prepared, and I thought our team had a really strong desire to come out here and really embrace this game. I was really proud of them. A week ago it looked like we lost our stinger a little bit but I didn't think we lost our stinger today. What we did do today really simply was, we were right there in the middle of that game. We let up a 90-yard drive right before halftime and that happened, it was real and it didn't need to happen, but it did. This is where we need to develop and take our next step as a football program. We let up a 90 yard drive that made it a two touchdown game instead of a one touchdown game."

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