LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jeremy Wright rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater passed for 232, helping No. 25 Louisville start the season strong with a 32-14 victory against rival Kentucky on Sunday.
The Cardinals drove 99, 85 and 93 yards on their first three scoring drives and scored on five of their first seven overall.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes, but his first two completions for 40 yards opened things up for Wright, who rushed for 30 yards on that drive and capped it with the first of two 1-yard scores. He added a 14-yard TD. Senorise Perry had a 47-yard TD run and 108 yards.
Kentucky’s Maxwell Smith completed for 35 of 50 passes for 280 yards and touchdowns to La’Rod King and Tyler Robinson.
BAYLOR 59, SOUTHERN METHODIST 24
In Waco, Texas, Nick Florence threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns for Baylor.
Florence, taking over for departed Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, led the Bears to touchdowns on their first two drives and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 38, ALABAMA STATE 28
In Orlando, Fla., Broderick Waters threw two touchdowns and ran for another as Bethune-Cookman erased a three-touchdown, first-half deficit and defeated Alabama State.
Isaiah Crowell, who was dismissed by Georgia in the off-season, had nine carries for 24 yards and a touchdown for Alabama State.
SOUTHERN CAL: The Trojans hadn’t even taken the Coliseum field for their first game after its football postseason ban ended before reports of even more possible NCAA violations surfaced.
Southern Cal pounded Hawaii 49-10 in its season opener Saturday, but also learned that an employee of the Los Angeles County assessor’s office apparently gave gifts to long-departed tailback Joe McKnight and basketball player Davon Jefferson.