The 18th-ranked Louisville Cardinals did not blow a big lead this week. Teddy Bridgewater was an efficient 25-of-29 passing for 344 yards and three touchdowns in Louisville’s 34-3 victory over the South Florida Bulls on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.
The Cardinals were cruising along, leading 28-7, midway through the third quarter at home against UCF last Friday night. Then the unthinkable happened. The Cardinals were unable to slow down the Knights in the second half as they fell in a 38-35 decision.
Gerald Christian, Damian Copeland and Dominique Brown each caught touchdown passes on Saturday for the Cardinals (7-1, 3-1 AAC), who racked up 485 yards of total offense. Brown also carried the ball 18 times for 125 yards.
Bobby Eveld completed 3-of-5 passes for 22 yards before leaving at the end of the first half with a left ankle injury for the Bulls (2-5, 2-1), who had a two- game winning streak snapped. Steven Bench connected on 4-of-12 passes for 68 yards and an interception in relief.