Pinned back at his own 14-yard line, the junior led an 86-yard Cardinal drive that was defined by two highlight-reel plays.
Facing fourth-and-12 at the Cincinnati 38, Bridgewater was rushed by several Bearcat defenders but managed to scramble, and eventually backpedal, for a crucial first down.
Two plays later, Bridgewater and the Cardinals found themselves in yet another tough situation.
In the face of another furious Bearcat rush, Bridgewater heaved a high-arching pass to the back corner of the end zone, which was pulled down by senior receiver Damian Copeland to give the Cardinals a 21-17 lead with eight minutes remaining in the game's final period.
The Bearcats regained the lead shortly after on a quick two-play 72-yard drive.
And then Bridgewater came up big again, leading the Cards 60 yards in 11 plays to take the lead on a touchdown strike to DeVante Parker, who caught two scores in the game. On the drive, Bridgewater was perfect on his five pass attempts for 55 yards.