Sep 7, 2013
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Louisville Postgame Notes
No. 8 Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
Louisville’s game captains were George Durant and B.J. Butler.
Eastern Kentucky won the toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received to open the game.
Under head coach Charlie Strong in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the Cardinals are averaging nearly an 11-point margin of victory. Louisville has played 22 games in The Oven under Strong and outscored its opponents 612-372.
Under head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville is 10-3 in the month of September. The Cardinals went 5-0 in the month last year.
The attendance versus Eastern Kentucky of 53,647 is the fifth-largest crowd in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium history. The record of 55,386 was set in 2012 versus Kentucky.
The Cardinals moved to 18-8-1 all-time against Eastern Kentucky. Louisville leads the series 11-3-1 in Louisville, while holding a 7-5 edge when the Cardinals are the road team. The programs have never played at a neutral site.
Louisville’s record against nonconference opponents since the 2002 season moved to 44-18.
When scoring 20 points or more in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals’ record is 26-6. When holding opponents to 20 or fewer points, Louisville boasts a 16-3 mark under Strong.
Louisville owns a 72-25 mark in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium since moving into the venue in 1998.
Louisville’s defense held Eastern Kentucky to just 76 total yards in the first half. The Cardinals held Ohio to less than 100 yards in the first half in the season opener, as the Bobcats totaled just 88 yards.
The UofL offense finished the day with 475 yards of total offense. The last time Louisville's offense reached 400 yards was against Connecticut (Nov. 24, 2012), when it recorded 401.
Ryan Mack started for Abraham Garcia at right tackle, marking his second career start and first since the USF game last season.
Hakeem Smith made his team leading 40th-consecutive start. Others with starting nod streaks: Preston Brown with 26, Teddy Bridgewater with 24, Brandon Dunn with 23, and Calvin Pryor with 22.
The Cardinals opened both games with touchdown drives, each ending with touchdowns to Damian Copeland. In those two drives, Teddy Bridgewater has gone 10-for-10 - 6-for-6 versus Ohio and 4-for-4 against Eastern Kentucky.
Teddy Bridgewater Notes:
- He connected with eight different receivers on the day, five of whom had multiple receptions.
- He has registered at least 100-passing yards in his last nine-consecutive games, and 25 of his last 26 contests.
- He threw for four touchdowns, his third career game with at least four passing scores.
- He has thrown touchdown passes in 14-consecutive games.
- He threw for 397 yards on the day, pushing his career total to 6,599. It was his eighth career 300-yard game.
Damian Copeland registered his fourth career touchdown reception on an eight-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater on the opening drive of the game. He finished with three catches for 32 yards.
Louisville received plenty of production from its tight ends in the win. Gerald Christian had five catches for 74 yards and a score, and Ryan Hubbell’s lone reception went 37 yards.
John Wallace's three field goals made are the most in a single game in his career. He made two on six occasions in 2012. His long for the game was a 39-yarder.
Senorise Perry pushed his way in from five-yards out for his 13th career rushing TD, first of the season. He finished as the game’s leading rusher with 36 yards on 13 carries.
Lorenzo Mauldin compiled a solid performance in the win over Eastern Kentucky. He registered his second and third career forced fumbles, had five tackles, including one sack, and also was credited with a pass breakup.
James Burgess recovered the first fumble of his career after Lorenzo Mauldin jarred the ball loose for his second forced fumble of the game.
Brandon Dunn earned his third career sack that resulted in a four-yard loss late in the first quarter. He finished the game with four tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
In the third quarter, Teddy Bridgewater found DeVante Parker for 54 yards, Parker's longest reception since a 75-yarder at Pittsburgh in 2012. Parker totaled 134 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He passed Gary Barnidge (17 touchdowns; 2004-07), Anthony Cummings (18 touchdowns; 1987-90) and Deion Branch (18 touchdowns; 2000-01) and is tied with J.R. Russell (2001-04) for third all-time on the career touchdowns list with 19.
Calvin Pryor collected his fifth career interception less than 10 minutes into the second quarter. He returned it 26 yards. Pryor was the team’s second-leading tackler with seven stops. He was on the receiving end of a lateral on a fumble recovery in the second quarter, which he returned 22 yards.
Preston Brown notched his first sack of the season early into the third quarter and he recorded another one later in the game. He finished the eight tackles, including seven solo, and three for a loss.