TD streak ends for Bridgewater

University of Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had thrown a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games. That streak came to an end on Saturday night.

For the first time since the 2012 season-opener against Kentucky, Teddy Bridgewater didn't throw a touchdown pass in a game. The quarterback was unable to connect for a scoring throw in the Cardinals 20-13 win over Houston on Saturday night.

Those two victories bookend 21 consecutive games that Bridgewater has tossed at least one touchdown. The junior threw a total of 51 touchdowns during that stretch, twice throwing 5 in a single game.

Facing a Cougar defense that ranks first in the NCAA in turnover margin, including 18 via interception, the Louisville offensive attack was simple.

"Just running the ball -- we knew that they were a fast defense and they rely on their speed, but we played a physical game up front," Bridgewater explained afterwards. "We played with violent hands and kept our pads low and it made a difference in the game.

Starting running back Dominique Brown had nearly as many carries (27) as Bridgewater had pass attempts (29).

"We came into this game knowing that we were going to have to beat them at the line of scrimmage and be physical. We established the run game and that paid off today."

Brown finished with a career-high 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was his second career 100-yard effort.

Bridgewater finished with 203 passing yards, his lowest output since the rain-soaked game at Southern Miss on September 29, 2012. Before that, one has to go back to November 19, 2011 to find the last game when he threw for fewer yards.

Despite the low totals, Bridgewater's night was an effective one. He connected with 7 different receivers, five of which had multiple catches, and he completed 66% of his attempts.

His biggest pass play of the night came on the opening drive of the second half when he connected with DeVante Parker for 39 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Brown that put the Cardinals on top.

"I had a couple completions on that drive, but that one to DeVante just opened things up," Bridgewater said. "It got us rolling offensively because it was the first drive of the second half. We made a big play and it sparked the offense."

Following the game, Bridgewater was quick to respond when asked if he recalls the last time he went a game without a touchdown pass.

"I actually do. First game last year."

Bridgewater's 24 passing touchdowns on the season is tied with Dave Ragone for 6th most in a single season. His 65 career touchdown passes ranks fourth on the school's all-time list, trailing Chris Redman (84), Dave Ragone (74) and Brian Brohm (71).

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