Teddy Bridgewater dazzles as No. 18 Cardinals crush No. 9 Hurricanes

No. 9 Louisville 36, Miami 9

 

ORLANDO, Fla. —Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville’s 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes’ 174.

Bridgewater was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards.

Louisville won its second consecutive bowl game for its second 12-win season.

Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL Draft pick if he comes out, set a school record with 31 touchdown passes. He also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville’s starter.

Miami hasn’t had a bowl victory since 2006, losing four in a row. They got on the scoreboard first with the safety – one of their few highlights.

A big second quarter by the Cardinals, punctuated by Bridgewater’s two touchdown passes helped Louisville take a 22-2 lead.

The Cardinals settled for field goals early after struggling to convert on third downs inside Hurricanes’ territory. That coincided with one of Bridgewater’s top third-down targets – receiver DeVante Parker – going down on the Louisville’s second series of the night with an ankle injury.

But those fortunes changed quickly when Par­ker returned in the second quarter.

He immediately caught three passes on a seven-play, 80-yard drive, including a 26-yard touchdown reception. Parker finished with nine catches for 142 yards.

Miami managed only 83 total yards in the first half, while Louisville had 280.

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