Bridgewater picks the right flavor in opener

University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directed the Cardinals' video game-like offense to 615 yards and a 49-7 blowout of Ohio University of Sunday. Cardinal Authority talked to Bridgewater after his five-touchdown game about his performance and his wealth of weapons.

It's no secret Teddy Bridgewater likes video games.

He said during media day heading into this season that all he does in his down time was play NCAA College Football 2014.

On Sunday, it must have seemed like a video game for the University of Louisville junior quarterback. Bridgewater hit seven different receivers and was 23 of 28 for 355 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-7 romp over Ohio U.

"He's a pro," senior wide receiver Damian Copeland said.

Bridgewater said it makes it easy when you have such a deep group of receivers and so many weapons to work with in the offense The Cardinals finished with 615 yards of total offense, averaging 8.7 yards a play.

"I feel like a kid in a candy store," Bridgewater said of all the weapons at his disposal. "I just have to pick the flavor."

The first two TDs went to the same flavor – Copeland. He hauled in TD catches of 34 and 19 yards to make it 14-0 after two drives.

"We always talk about making the routes look like the drawings in the playbook," Bridgewater said. "Today, those guys did exactly what they were assigned."

Bridgewater switched flavors for the third TD, hitting DeVante Parker on a 27-yard TD strike before getting Kai De la Cruz involved with a 40-yard TD reception and Robert Clark with a 25-yard TD grab later in the game.

In all Bridgewater hit seven different receivers in the game. He had one dropped pass and the interception he threw the receiver ran a wrong route.

"It was just fun to watch Teddy," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said. "It's amazing how he continues to develop and gets better and better."

Bridgewater tied Chris Redman's record for most TD passes in a season-opening game in school history. Redman did it in 1999 against Kentucky.

Bridgewater now ranks fourth in school history in career TD passes with 44, is fifth in school history with 6,202 career yards and has now thrown a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games.


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