Notebook: Louisville downs UConn

The University of Louisville football team moved to 8-1 on the season Friday night with a 31-10 victory over host Connecticut. Here are a few notes from the U of L-UConn game from Cardinal Authority.

GAINES KEEPS MAKING BIG PLAYS

The Louisville coaching staff said for two years that Charles Gaines, considered the fastest guy on the team, was going to be a big-time playmaker.

And it's happened.

Gaines continued to make big plays in the Cardinals' 31-10 win over Connecticut, intercepting a pass and scoring on a blocked punt.

"Gaines is very talented and he can make plays," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "He's also very excited when he gets the ball in his hands."

The sophomore also had four tackles and has scored on an interception return, a kickoff return and now a blocked punt return this season.

"He's really improved and just makes plays," U of L defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said in an interview last week. "He's a playmaker."

SMITH CONTINUES TO DOMINATE

Senior defensive end Marcus Smith continued his dominating performance on the defensive side of the ball in Louisville's 31-10 win over Connecticut.

Smith led the Cardinals in tackles with seven, including 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry against the Huskies.

The 6-foot-3, 256-pound Smith is now the national leader in sacks on the season with 10.5 this season, heading into Saturday's games. The 10.5 ties DeWayne White (2002) for 10th on the U of L single-season record.

For his career, Smith now has 20 sacks and is eighth in school history. White is the school's all-time leader with 37.5 from 2000-02.

BRIDGEWATER ON PACE FOR RECORD

U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 21 of 37 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown against the Huskies.

Bridgewater now has 24 touchdowns this season and is just six off the single-season school-record of 30 set by Brian Brohm.

He now has 65 career TD passes, which ranks fourth all-time in school history, and has thrown a TD pass in 21 consecutive games.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

**The Cardinals now have 13 interceptions this season, which marks the most for a team during the Strong-era.

**DeVante Parker now has 24 career TD catches, which ranks him third in school history behind Ibn Green (33) and Arnold Jackson (31).

**Running back Michael Dyer didn't make the trip to UConn for the game with Strong saying he "had a matter to take care of on Thursday." Strong said Dyer is still with the team and is expected back next week.

**It was the first game this season Eli Rogers didn't have a catch.


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