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Louisville-Connecticut Postgame Notes


Nov. 24, 2012

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Louisville Postgame Notes
No. 19/18 Louisville 20, Connecticut 23
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

The Cardinals and Huskies met for the ninth meeting in series history. Louisville had won the last two meetings heading into Saturday's contest. Louisville still holds a 5-4 series advantage. When playing in Louisville, the Cardinals own a 3-2 mark against the Huskies.

Louisville's game captains were Mario Benavides and Nate Nord.

Louisville won the toss and deferred to the second half. Connecticut received to start the game.

Hakeem Smith made the 36th-straight start of his career. Also with a notable number of consecutive starts: Teddy Bridgewater (21), Mario Benavides (21), Alex Kupper (24) and Jake Smith (24).

The game attendance was 45,618.

Teddy Bridgewater continues to highlight Louisville's offense, despite being knocked out of the game twice due to injury.

  • Bridgewater surpassed 300 yards passing for the fifth time this season.
    • Bridgewater has thrown for 5,318 yards in his career, becoming just the eighth quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat. He remained in eighth place in the career all-time charts.
    • Bridgewater's 331 yards gives him 3,189 for the season, putting him into fourth place on the single-season charts. He passed Stefan LeFors, who threw 3,145 yards in 2003.
  • Bridgewater has thrown a touchdown pass in 10-straight games.
  • Bridgewater has 23 passing touchdowns this season, tied with Dave Ragone (2001) for sixth most in a single season.
  • Bridgewater completed 30 passes, giving him 438 for his career. That number ranks fifth best on the career charts and puts him past Ed Rubbert's 430 completions (1983-86).
    • For the season, Bridgewater has completed 247 passes, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the single-season chart. He overtook Dave Ragone, who completed 237 passes in 2002.
  • Bridgewater finished the game by connecting with a total of nine receivers.
  • On the final drive in regulation, Bridgewater went 10-for-13 for 100 yards and capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker.

Running back Jeremy Wright, who finished with 43 yards on the ground, led all receivers in catches (9) and receiving yards (72). Both receiving totals are career highs.

When scoring more than 20 points in a game under the direction of Charlie Strong, the Cardinals' record dropped to 22-6.

DeVante Parker had his second multi-touchdown reception game of the year, as he finished the game with eight catches for two scores. His first touchdown of the game tied the contest at 10 apiece with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter and his other score came in overtime to tie the game at 20.

DeVante Parker continues to maintain his reputation as the Cardinals' big-play receiver. Including the Connecticut game, Parker has 12 catches this season of at least 20 yards. Last year, Parker had five catches of at least 20 yards (one in the following games: Murray State, Florida International, Kentucky, Syracuse and West Virginia).

Opponent No. of Catches at Least 20 Yards
Kentucky 1
Southern Miss 1
Pitt 3
Cincinnati 2
Temple 2
Syracuse 1
Connecticut 1

Calvin Pryor finished the game with a career-high 11 tackles, seven of which were solo stops. He also had his third pass breakup of the year.

Freshman James Burgess registered the first double-digit tackle total of his career, making 10 stops. He also tallied the first interception of his career.

Hakeem Smith and Adrian Bushell each recorded two pass breakups. For Bushell, it was the third time this season he has swatted two passes, while it was the first multi-pass breakup game for Smith.

Today's game served as Senior Day.



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