Coming off an 11-2 finish and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, Bridgewater and the Cardinals (1-0) dominated. That pleased a sellout crowd of 55,332 seeing them for the first time since that BCS win set off the school’s run of success that included an NCAA men’s basketball title, the women’s team’s runner-up NCAA finish and an appearance in College World Series.
Bridgewater kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign by going 23 of 28 for 355 yards. Damian Copeland and Kai De La Cruz each caught two touchdowns and DeVante Parker and Robert Clark each had one.
Dyer, the former Auburn star, debuted for Louisville and the Cardinals outgained Ohio 615-273.
The Cardinals began with their highest preseason ranking in school history and are favored to win the new American Athletic Conference that would earn another BCS bowl bid.
COLORADO 41, COLORADO STATE 27
In Denver, Greg Henderson scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter and Connor Wood threw three touchdown passes – two to speedster Paul Richardson – to help Colorado beat Colorado State in Mike MacIntyre’s coaching debut for the Buffaloes.
Wood often connected with Richardson, who was back on the field after missing last season because of a torn left ACL. Richardson finished with 10 catches for 208 yards. He had an 82-yard TD catch on Colorado’s first pass play and sealed it with a 75-yard grab late in the fourth.
The Buffs have had four 200-yard receiving games in school history, two by Richardson. He had a school-record 284 yards receiving against California in 2011.
Wood was steady in the pocket all day, throwing for 400 yards.
Joe Hansley highlighted a strong showing on special teams for the Rams by scoring on a 74-yard punt return. Kapri Bibbs added two TDs, including one set up by Thomas Coffman’s 84-yard kickoff return.