Cards get the 'W' and an 8-1 mark

Marcus Smith

The University of Louisville moved to 8-1 on the season with a 31-10 victory over Connecticut on Friday night in East Hartford, Conn. The Cardinals will come back home next week to play Houston on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Well, it wasn't pretty.

The University of Louisville football team had 12 penalties, multiple dropped balls and just some all-around sloppy play on Friday night.

But the Cardinals still came away with a victory. The defense had a touchdown, special teams scored and Teddy Bridgewater threw for another score as the Cardinals rolled over Connecticut 31-10 in East Hartford, Conn.

"It wasn't clean at all," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "We stopped our own drives. We just have to play smarter than that."

Bridgewater completed 21 of 37 passes for 288 yards and one TD, while also throwing his third interception of the season. The TD pass was a 28-yard strike to DeVante Parker, who had five catches for 71 yards against the Huskies.

Senior Damian Copeland had six catches for 83 yards, while Gerald Christian caught two passes for 43 yards.

In its first game under 400 total yards this season, the Louisville offense managed just 81 yards on 29 carries. Dominique Brown ran for 29 yards, while Senorise Perry had 27 and Bridgewater added 20.

U of L won the turnover battle 5-1, including an interception by Charles Gaines, who also returned a blocked punt for the first score of the game.

Bridgewater hit Parker for the TD to make it 14-3 and late in the second quarter Perry scored on a TD run.

Terrell Floyd added a pick six in the third quarter, while John Wallace put the finishing touches on the game with a fourth-quarter field goal to make it 31-3.

U of L picked off Tim Boyle three times as the freshman threw for just 116 total yards and the defense allowed just 58 yards rushing. The Cardinals gave up a late TD, marking just 95 points allowed on the season.

Strong seemed pleased with the defensive effort but was not happy with the 12 penalties, one sack and lack of the running game.

"We didn't block them at all," he said. "We knew they were a team that plays very physical at the line of scrimmage. They were able to make plays.

"We just didn't play clean football."

The win kept the Cardinals (8-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) just one game out of first place in the AAC, behind the winner of the game Saturday night between Houston and Central Florida.

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