Louisville football notebook: Temple win

Here are a few notes from the University of Louisville's 45-17 victory over Temple on Saturday, The win moves the Cardinals to 9-0 on the season.

WRIGHT SHINES AGAINST OWLS

After two consecutive games when the running game wasn't up-to-par, the University of Louisville offense got things going on the ground.

And it was Jeremy Wright with the right stuff.

The junior carried 10 times for 100 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave the Cardinals the lead for good against Temple.

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

It was the third 100-yard game of the season for Wright, who had 105 in the season-opener against Kentucky and 114 against North Carolina.

Wright has now scored nine touchdowns this season and 14 for his career. His 32-yard carry in the third quarter was his longest since the 2010 season when he had a 64-yard carry against Rutgers.

For the season, Wright has carried 138 times for 651 yards. Senorise Perry had 14 carries for 79 yards against Temple and has 134 carries for 703 yards.

TEDDY ANOTHER SOLID OUTING

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continued his stellar play for the Cardinals, completing 19 of 28 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns.

The five TD passes set a new career high for Bridgewater, who was the first U of L quarterback to throw for five in one game since Brian Brohm did it during the 2007 season against Middle Tennessee State.

Bridgewater surpassed the 300-yard mark for the third time this season and has throw for 740 yards and seven TDs in two games. He has thrown for a touchdown in eight consecutive games with the season-opening victory against Kentucky the only game this season he doesn't have a TD pass.

"What's unbelievable about Teddy is how he is able to find the open receiver," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "Each week it has been a different receiver step up. But he's finding them."

Bridgewater, who connected with nine receivers against the Owls, is now 181 of 257 passing on the season for 2,434 yards and 18 touchdowns and four picks.

With already 32 career TD passes, Bridgewater is tied with Browning Nagle for the No. 8 on the school's all-time mark.

GAINES, DUBOSE SUSPENED

U of L head coach Charlie Strong confirmed that wide receiver Charles Gaines and defensive end B.J. Dubose missed the game because of a suspension.

Strong said both players were suspended from the game and the coach said he wasn't sure if the players would play next week against Syracuse.

The Cardinals play at Syracuse on Saturday at noon.

Marcus Smith DOES IT AGAIN

Defensive end Marcus Smith had a sack for the third consecutive game, picking up one in the fourth quarter against the Owls.

Smith is now second on the team with three sacks, just one and a half behind injured defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin.

Smith was also credited with his fourth career forced fumble and finished the game with three tackles.

MORE DEFENSIVE NUMBERS

The defense gave up a lot of yards in the first half and a total of 309 – 255 on the ground – for the game against Temple.

But the defense did force four fumbles in the game.

Keith Brown, Hakeem Smith, Adrian Bushell and Jordan Paschal all came up with fumble recoveries in the game, while Brown, Smith and George Durant were all three credited with forced fumbles.

Linebacker Preston Brown led the defense with 10 tackles and now has 40 tackles in three games. He's just one tackle behind Calvin Pryor for the team lead on the season with 68 total tackles.

Keith Brown and Pryor both had eight tackles apiece.

The U of L defense has six turnovers in the last two games.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

*Backup quarterback Will Stein came into the game for most of the fourth quarter, completing 3 of 5 passes for 14 yards.

*It was the largest margin of victory for U of L in a Big East Conference game since the 2006 season.

*The 48 point was the most scored at home since a 56-10 win over Memphis in 2010.

*The 31 points in the first half was the most U of L had scored on a Big East opponent since joining the league in 2005. The last time a U of L team had more was in 2004 when the Cardinals scored 42 against Cincinnati.

*The attendance was announced at 44,609.


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