April 13, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A spring game record of approximately 33,000 fans watched the University of Louisville football team conclude its spring drills in the annual Wendy's Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Saturday afternoon inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The first team offense scored 34 points and the first team defense added six.
"I hope you guys enjoyed the game," said head coach Charlie Strong. "We had a really nice crowd. It was good to see 33,000 fans turn out. We still have a lot of work to do. Our first team worked well. The second unit just has to get at the quarterback."
Dominique Brown and Brandon Radcliff ran by, through, around and over defenders throughout the first half. Brown finished with 79 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Radcliff added 56 yards on just five touches.
The defense dominated in the first quarter holding the offense to 25 yards on the games first five positions. DeAngelo Brown, George Durant, Dominique Dishman, Brandon Dunn, Mike Addessa and Lorenzo Mauldin all recorded sacks in the first quarter. Dishman finished with a game-best three sacks.
Bridgewater and the first unit offense finally came to life late in the first quarter and went on to score on their next four possessions.
The two headed rushing monster of Brown and Radcliff led the charge on the first score of the game with runs of 14 and 18 yards respectively. Brown capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
On the first team offense's next possession Brown stormed ahead for 24 yards. Parker then went up and hauled in a 44-yard pass from Bridgewater which was slightly overthrown on the next play. Brown plunged in from 1-yard out to cap the drive.
Bridgewater connected with Parker on an 18-yard strike for the game's third score.
Robert Clark hung on to a 39-yard strike from Bridgewater after being laid out on the play by Gerod Holliman to keep the first unit offense clicking with under a minute remaining in the first half. Not to be outdone, Damian Copeland wrestled the pigskin away from Kevin Houchins for a touchdown to end the half.
Durant returned an Andrew Risher fumble 30 yards for a touchdown on the second unit offense's first play of the second half. Will Gardner found Gerald Christian from 9 yards out in the fourth quarter for the game's final score.
The first team defense pitched a shutout all afternoon and only surrendered three first downs to the second unit offense.
Louisville opens its 2013 season against Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 31.