Cards now 5-0, but 'sloppy' in Temple win

The University of Louisville's 30-7 win over Temple on Saturday wasn't the best-looking effort of the season, but the Cardinals are still 5-0. Cardinal Authority has a few notes and other items from the game in Philadelphia.


Like probably most fans, University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong was pleased with a 30-7 win over Temple. But he wasn't happy.

The Cardinals only managed two field goals in the second half, gave up a late touchdown after a blocked punt and played a "sloppy game" in the win at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, according to Strong.

U of L is now 5-0 with a game against Rutgers on Thursday night at home.

"It's good to get your first conference win, and we were on the road," Strong said after the game. "We played very well in the first half. The second half was very sloppy with penalties and not playing well on defense.

"Offensively, we never got in rhythm. We have to improve."

The Cardinals came into the game more than a 30-point favorite and Strong said sometimes game like this are good for a team.

"Sometimes when you feel like you're such a heavy favorite, then don't go out and perform up to that level," he said. "It's good for them to understand the only way you can play is you've got to play your best."


Playing in an NFL stadium, U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked like a pro on the field for the Cardinals.

Bridgewater was 24 of 34 passing for 341 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing three times for seven yards. He completed 15 of his first 17 passes.

The junior signal caller hit 10 different receivers in the game.

"I probably left a few completions on the field," Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater now has nine career 300-yard games, while he tied Dave Ragone's school record with a touchdown pass in his 17th consecutive game.

For his career, Bridgewater now has 7,402 passing yards and ranks fourth in the school's all-time list. He trails only Chris Redman (12,541), Brian Brohm (10,775) and Dave Ragone (8,564).


After just nine penalties for 90 yards in the three previous games, the penalties were a negative for the Cardinals against the Owls.

U of L was penalized eight times for 72 yards in the game.

The Cardinals had ranked No. 33 nationally in fewest penalties (5.0) per game and No. 47 in fewest penalty yards (45).


Even with an offensive line that was missing starter Kamran Joyer, the U of L offense gained 202 yards on the ground.

Dominique Brown led the way with 11 carries for 78 yards, including one touchdown, while Senorise Perry had 10 carries for 54 yards.

Michael Dyer rushed six times for 44 yards.

The Cardinals came in averaging 182.3 yards a game.

Joyer didn't make the trip because of discipline. Nacho Garcia, who started at right guard in place of Joyer, injured his knee late in the game.


**Sophomore linebacker Keith Brown, who missed the first two games of the season with an injury, made his first start.

**U of L is 5-0 for the second straight season and third time in 11 years.

**The defense has allowed just three points in the first half this season. Kentucky's field goal are the only points in the opening half.

**U of L has scored on less than 10 plays during 30 of the 36 scoring-drives already this season.

**Eli Rogers had seven catches and eclipsed the 100-catch mark for his career. He also had his seventh career touchdown.

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