Bridgewater disappointed

Teddy Bridgewater expressed disappointment in the play of the offense following Louisville's 44-7 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater expects perfection of himself and the Cardinal offense. A leading Heisman Trophy candidate, the junior had a stellar day in the Cardinals 44-7 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

He was a perfect 5-for-5, all to different receivers, in the Cardinals opening drive, which he capped off with a 8-yard touchdown toss to Damian Copeland. He finished with nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, without throwing an interception.

During his postgame press conference, head coach Charlie Strong was asked how he thought Bridgewater would grade himself.

"Probably not that good, because he's so hard on himself," he said.

While stats like his certainly impressive, Bridgewater did express disappointment following the Cardinals second win of the season.

"There is a lot of disappointment," he said. "We feel that we didn't play up to our level. We left a lot of points on the field. We're chasing perfection and today wasn't near perfection."

The Cardinals gained 475 yards of offense against the Colonels. However, the Cardinals ground game struggled throughout, managing just 78 yards, with a 2.8 per carry average.

"The guys need to be able to run the ball more. That's something that Coach Watson was disappointed about and I'm also disappointed about it."

Bridgewater was a tough critic on himself.

"I played average," he said of his play. "I'm still getting better each and every day."

"Everyone may see the 397 yards, but what I see is the less than 100 yards rushing as a total offense. I build my success around the total offense. I may have thrown for 397 yards, but there are some things I may have to work on like in the check game, getting better looks for the running backs."

Striving to improve becomes the focus immediately as the Cardinals begin preparing for their first road test of the season, at rival Kentucky.

"Eastern Kentucky is in the past now," said Bridgewater. "Right now we are moving forward to Kentucky."

As he left the postgame interview room, Bridgewater inquired what his completion numbers were. "23 for 32," was the response.

"Not good enough," he exclaimed as he exited the room. "Not good enough."


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