NOTES: Teddy gets his 'keys' taken away

Cardinal Authority has a few notes from the University of Louisville's football game on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky University. The Cardinals rolled to a 2-0 record with a 44-7 victory over the Colonels.


After the first game against Ohio University, Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Teddy Bridgewater had the keys to the offense.

On Saturday, Bridgewater had those keys taken away at least one time by U of L head coach Charlie Strong.

With hos team up 27-0 late in the first half, Bridgewater waved off the punt team on a fourth-and-short deep in EKU territory. The punt team retreated off the field when Bridgewater waved them off.

And then Strong stepped in.

Strong called time out, lashed out at Bridgewater and sent the punt team in to make sure he didn't give up any points to end the half.

"He was pissed," U of L running back Senorise Perry said of Strong.

Strong said: "Sometimes you take the keys away from the kids."

Bridgewater said because the offense was in a no huddle attack that it was "a little confusing," and called Strong "a genius."

"I was just thinking I know we run the play and get the first down," he said. "But coach is a genius and he calls the play. He wanted to punt."

Bridgewater finished the game 23 of 32 for 397 yards and four TDs.


U of L senior running back Senorise Perry had scored 12 career TDs but his first-half score against the Colonels was "a little extra special."

Perry tore his ACL against Syracuse last season and worked his way back into the lineup, starting each of the first two games.

His five-yard TD run in the second quarter was his first score since the injury, making Perry feel like "all that hard work paid off."

"I just felt really good after that," he said. "Now, I have that and I know that I need to keep working to get better."

Perry carried 13 times for 43 yards for the Cardinals.


Linebacker James Burgess picked up a fumble in the second quarter and headed the other way. But as he was about to be tackled looked back.

"There were guys there and people were just looking at him," safety Calvin Pryor said. "Finally, I just said ‘Pitch it here'."

Burgess flipped it to Pryor, who was credited with the 22-yard fumble recovery. Pryor stepped out of bounds or would have had another 15 yards.

Pryor also had an interception and returned it 26 yards.

"I know one thing, offensive linemen become the fastest guys on the field after an interception," Pryor said with a laugh. "They were flying."


It's only two games into the season but Bridgewater is on the same pace as Brian Brohm was in 2007 when he set the record for TD passes in a season.

Brohm threw nine in his first two games and 30 for the season.

Bridgewater now has nine in two games this season after throwing five against Ohio University and four in the EKU game.

Bridgewater is fourth all-time with 50 career TD passes. He trails Chris Redman (84), Dave Ragone (74) and Brohm (71).

He now has 6,599 career yards and ranks fifth all-time in school history.


*Offensive lineman Kamran Joyer was back in the lineup after a leg injury. He sat out last week's game against Ohio U.

*The three freshmen who played last week against Ohio U., were also on the field against EKU. Linebackers James Hearns and Keith Kelsey and wide receiver James Quick were the only ones to play. Tight end Keith Towbridge didn't dress last week against Ohio U., but was dressed in uniform against EKU.

*Ryan Mack made his second career start, beginning the game at right tackle instead of Nacho Garcia.

*Bridgewater is 10-for-10 on opening drives – both resulting in TD passes – so far this season. He was 6-for-6 last week and 4-for-4 against EKU. Both drives have ended with a TD pass to Damian Copeland.

*Kicker John Wallace booted three field goals – the most during his career. His longest of the day was a 39-yard field goal.

*DeVante Parker had two TD catches and is now tied with J.R. Russell with 19 for his career as the No. 3 guy on the school's all-time list.

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