Big East roundup: Louisville, Bridgewater stay undefeated
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 12 Cardinals did it again.
The sophomore quarterback threw for five touchdowns in another stellar game to help the Cardinals rally from a deficit for the sixth game in a row — albeit an early one, this time — as Louisville beat Temple, 45-17, on Saturday.
“To see the game Teddy had, five touchdowns,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. “What is unbelievable about Teddy is that he is just able to find open receivers.”
Louisville (9-0, 4-0 Big East) scored on five of its first six possessions. The Cardinals, off to their best start in school history, moved into a first-place tie with Rutgers.
A major reason for that is Bridgewater.
He picked the Owls apart, throwing for 324 yards on 19 of 28 passing. Louisville's offense was nearly unstoppable.
“You can't predict games like these,” Bridgewater said. “It just comes, and we're thankful to have this type of success.”
Louisville allowed Temple's one-dimensional offense to take a lead twice and move the ball with ease. The Owls (3-5, 2-3) racked up 255 yards on the ground while completing just 6 of 16 passes for 54 yards.
“I felt like we started a little sluggish,” Louisville cornerback Adrian Bushell said. “We had a lot of missed tackles. They got 150 yards on plays where we missed tackles.”
The Cardinals recovered four fumbles, three in the second half. Louisville's defensive performance led to Temple playing three different quarterbacks.
Cincinnati 35, Syracuse 24 – In Cincinnati, George Winn ran for a career-high three touchdowns and passed for another off a trick play, leading the Bearcats over Syracuse in a game that included a change at quarterback for the winners.
Munchie Legaux was benched after nearly throwing an interception in the third quarter. Senior backup Brendon Kay threw a 13-yard touchdown pass that put the Bearcats (6-2, 2-1 Big East) ahead to stay.
Cincinnati was coming off back-to-back losses that featured five interceptions by Legaux. He threw one in the first half Saturday and was repeatedly booed on Saturday by the crowd of 26,180, the smallest for a game at Nippert Stadium this season.
Coach Butch Jones changed quarterbacks three days after saying he'd never considered benching Legaux, who finished 11 of 22 for 124 yards with one interception.
The Orange (4-5, 3-2) were coming off the biggest comeback in school history, rallying from a 20-point halftime deficit to beat South Florida. Syracuse couldn't recover after Winn's 2-yard run made it, 35-24, early in the fourth quarter.
South Florida 13, Connecticut 6 – In Tampa, Fla., B.J. Daniels ran for a first-quarter touchdown before leaving in the fourth with an injury as South Florida stopped a school-record six-game losing streak.
Daniels was hurt on a 15-yard run inside the UConn (3-6, 0-4) 10 about five minutes into the fourth. The senior quarterback couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he was helped from the field. The Bulls settled for a 28-yard field goal by Maikon Bonani later in the drive.