U of L Spring Game draws 33,000 fans

The University of Louisville football team drew a record crowd for the Spring Game and then put on a show White team (defense) dominated early and then the Red team (offense) got going in a 34-7 Red team win before about 33,000 fans on a sunny, windy day at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Just over three months after winning the Sugar Bowl, the University of Louisville football team picked up where it left off.

In front of a record crowd 33,000 fans, the Cardinals put on quite a show in the annual Spring Game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The U of L offense amassed 449 total yards and beat the defense 34-7 in the game but the defense had the game scoreless until the second quarter.

"We still have a lot of work to do," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "But it was great to see the crowd here. It was very electric in here. It was great for our players. They know they have the city behind them and they saw it again today."

Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater led the Red team by completing 16 of 20 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

"There are some things I still have to work on," Bridgewater said. "We watch the film, there are little detail things we have to do better."

Dominique Brown, who sat out all of last season with a knee injury, returned in the backfield and carried nine times for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

DeVante Parker had four catches for 102 yards and one touchdown, while Damian Copeland had five catches for 43 yards and one TD.

The Cardinals had 13 players catch passes in the game.

"We really picked up where we left off from the bowl game," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said.

The defense did have 11 sacks and George Durant picked up a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin had one of the best games from the starters on defense with five tackles, including 2.5 sacks.

The Cardinals open the regular-season on Aug. 31 against Ohio University.

"It was an awesome day," Bridgewater said. "We are just thankful to have all of these fans to support us. It was a lot of fun out there today."

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