Big play Copeland does it again for Cards

In a game that was never in doubt there were plenty of big plays and key plays for the University of Louisville on Sunday. But early on it was fifth-year senior Damian Copeland making the biggest of them all in a 49-7 win over Ohio University.

University of Louisville wide receiver Damian Copeland made a habit out of making big plays last season for the Cardinals' offense.

And it continued on Sunday.

In the season-opener against Ohio University, the Cardinals had plenty of key plays of the game but early in the contest it was all Copeland.

The fifth-year senior hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the season and added a 19-yard TD catch – staying in bounds and just inside the end zone – on the second drive to kick-start a 49-7 victory by the Cardinals.

"He's a big-play guy and he's so consistent," U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said of Copeland.

Copeland, who missed almost a week of fall camp with a minor injury, finished with six catches for 98 yards and two TDs for the Cardinals.

"I want to capitalize on this opportunity," Copeland said. "Last year was a great season, but I want to be better this season. I have bigger and better goals."

Copeland didn't waste any time trying to reach those goals, catching a 17-yard pass from Bridgewater on the opening play of the first drive.

It was just eight plays later that Bridgewater dropped back, Copeland ran free down the left side of the field and got behind the defense. Bridgewater lofted the ball over the defender and into Copeland's hands for a TD.

"I wanted to make sure I caught that," Copeland said. "It was good to get off to a start like that. We ran out (of the locker room) and the crowd was going nuts. It was loud and we knew we had to get off to a fast start."

Copeland now has 64 catches and 839 yards for his career, in which he only played nine games for the first three years because of injuries.

"I feel blessed," Copeland said. "I'm excited to be back out here and have the opportunity to make plays for this team."

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