A 38 yard punt from 1st Team All-ACC punter Pat O'Donnell pinned the Louisville offense at its own 2-yard line for the Cardinals first possession. Two plays later Miami safety Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater in the end zone for a safety and the games first score. Miami 2-0.
Sack Sparks Score
A 8-yard sack by senior linebacker Preston Brown forced a three and out for the Hurricanes on their second drive of the game and provided a spark that led to U of L's first score of the game. Starting at its own 26 yard line, Bridgewater directed a 9 play, 55-yard drive that resulted in a 36 yard field goal by John Wallace.
Bridgewater completed 4 of 5 attempts for 52 yards on the drive. Damian Copeland turned a short receotion into a 21-yard and tight end Gerald Christian pulled in an 18 yard reception on the drive. Louisville 3-2.
Trailing 6-2 midway through the first quarter, Hurricane head coach Al Golden chose to attempt a 4th and 1 at their own 45 yard line. Preston Brown, who's recorded a key sack on the previous possession, hit Gus Edwards for a 3 yard loss and turnover on downs.
Wallace for 3
U of L kicker John Wallace converted a 42 yard field goal early in the second quarter to cap a 9 play, 58 yard drive. The three field goals established a new school bowl record for most field goals. Louisville 9-2.
Following a personal foul call against the Cardinals on the Miami kickoff return that gave the Hurricanes the ball at its own 45 yard line, reserve linebacker Champ Lee sacked Miami's Stephen Morris for a 10-yard loss. Miami was only able to muster 5 yards and were forced to punt for the forth time. Miami was 0-5 on third down possessions through a quarter and half.
The Cardinals found the end zone for the first time when Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 27 yard touchdown reception. It was Parker's 12 touchdown reception of the season, tying him with Ibn Green for most in a single season. It was the 28th of his career. Bridgewater was a perfect 4 of 4 for 58 yards on the drive. Louisville 16-2.
Record Tying TD
With less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half, Teddy Bridgewater orchestrated a 6 play, 60 yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass to former Miami Northwestern teammate Michaelee Harris.
The touchdown pass moved Bridgewater into a tie with Brian Brohm atop the school's single season passing touchdown list with 30. Louisville 22-2.
Bridgewater took sole possession of the school single season record for passing touchdowns (31) when he connected with Senorise Perry for a 24 yard touchdown to open the second half. The Cardinals drive went for 12 plays for 85 yards. Louisville 29-2.
All-American shuts the door
Trailing by 27 late in the third quarter, Miami head coach Al Golden elected to go for it on 4th and 9 and the Louisville 17 yard line. U of L All-American defensive end Marcus Smith recorded his second sack of the game to end any hope that Miami had for a possible comeback. The 13 yard loss placed the ball on the Cardinals 30 yard line and back in Bridgewater's hands.