Cardinals Tame Panthers 72-0

By IGOR GURYASHKIN
Staff Writer

Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes as the University of Louisville’s (4-0) defense allowed a school-record of 30 yards during a 72-0 demolition of Florida International (0-4) last Saturday.

The game marked the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007 and equalled the school’s fifth-largest margin of victory while recording a shutout for the first time since a 26-0 win over University of Connecticut in 2010.

Bridgewater found DeVante Parker for two touchdown passes and Gerald Christian and Eli Rogers for one apiece before backup quarterback Will Gardner came on and passed to Michaelee Harris for another score in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff all rushed for touchdowns as well.

In the meantime Louisville’s defense didn’t allow a first down until early in the second quarter and just two overall – also a program record, in a thoroughly dominant performance. FIU converted just 1 of 13 third-down chances, something Cardinals coach Charlie Strong was quick to praise.

“We try to reach that level and we’re going to get there,” said Strong. “The way you practice, you feel like that (perfect). I tell players all the time just try to give your best, that’s all we’re looking for each and every down.”

Bridgewater finished with 212 yards making 17 of 22 passing attempts, contributing to Louisville’s total offense of 464-yards.

That got the Cardinals win marked the beginning of a two week break from their home field with a bye week scheduled before the team travel to Temple for their American Athletic Conference opener on Oct. 5.

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