Scores

Final

Temple 17

(3-5, 1-3 away)

(12) Louisville 45

(9-0, 6-0 home)

Coverage: ABC

12:00 PM ET, November 3, 2012

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

1 2 3 4 T
TEM 14 3 0 017
#12LOU 14 17 14 045

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bridgewater (LOU) - 324 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: M. Harris (TEM) - 15 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Smith (LOU) - 4 REC, 61 YDS, 2 TD

Teddy Bridgewater has career-high 5 TD passes as Louisville rolls

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals (No. 10 BCS, No. 12 AP) 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," he said. "It just comes, and we're thankful to have this type of success."

Strong doesn't talk about the unprecedented start with his team. But the players were mindful of making history.

"Going into this week we were aware (of the record) and we were trying to make history," Bridgewater said. "We didn't want to press or anything, so we just went out and played Cardinal football."

While Bridgewater and the offense played Cardinal football from the start, Louisville's defense and special teams were slow to get going.

"The way we started off this day I didn't know if I'd be standing here saying we have a chance to go 9-0," Strong said. "Defensively, we didn't play well. We were just missing too many tackles."

Louisville allowed Temple's one-dimensional offense to take a lead twice and move the ball with ease. The Owls 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."

Temple took a 14-7 lead on Montel Harris' 5-yard run to cap an 82-yard, 10-play drive. After Louisville went ahead 17-14, the Owls then drove 58 yards to tie the game on Brandon McManus' 34-yard field goal.

The Cardinals' special teams weren't much better than Louisville's defense.

Owls kick returner Matt Brown returned the opening kickoff for a 93-yard touchdown. The 5-foot-5 senior lit up the Cardinals' special teams for a Temple-record 227 yards on seven returns.

That gave Temple the fast start it wanted, but the Owls couldn't stop Louisville. And in the second half, the Cardinals shut down the Owls.

"They were able to run the ball effectively in the first half," Strong said. "Then you watch the second half and we come out and it's a totally different defense.

"We were able to shut down the run and actually pitch a shutout. This football team is a resilient team that always finds a way to win."

The Cardinals recovered four fumbles, three in the second half. Louisville's defensive performance led to Temple playing three different quarterbacks.

"The turnovers definitely killed us," Harris said. "They have a great offense, so we couldn't afford to make mistakes on offense."

Temple (3-5, 2-3) lost its third straight and has been outscored 127-44 during that stretch. The Owls had a lot of defensive breakdowns and mental mistakes.

"There are no talent issues," Temple coach Steve Addazio said. "Those are young-guy mistakes that we've got to find a way to alleviate."

Bridgewater and the Cardinals offense had no such issues.

The quarterback spread the ball around, completing passes to nine players. Andrell Smith caught two touchdown passes. Ryan Hubbell had a 72-yard TD catch and led the Cardinals with 92 receiving yards.

Jeremy Wright rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries.

"We just worked hard all week in practice and it carried over to the game," Bridgewater said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEM
LOU
1st Downs1725
Total Yards309508
Passing54338
Rushing255170
Penalties6-4010-86
3rd Down Conversions2-104-11
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers40
Possession27:1432:46

Passing Leaders

TempleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Granger3/7213.000
LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater19/2832411.650

Rushing Leaders

TempleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris151157.7125
Coyer10565.6020
LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright1010010.0132
Perry14795.6023

Receiving Leaders

TempleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson11616.0016
Coyer11313.0013
LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hubbell29246.0172
Smith46115.3222

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTEMLOU
TD14:48Matt Brown 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 70
TD10:21Eli Rogers 15 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 77
TD02:05Montel Harris 5 Yd Run (Brandon Mcmanus Kick) 147
TD01:16Ryan Hubbell 72 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERTEMLOU
FG14:55John Wallace 36 Yd 1417
FG11:30Brandon McManus 34 Yd 1717
TD08:15Jeremy Wright 3 Yd Run (John Wallace Kick) 1724
TD01:02Andrell Smith 14 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 1731
THIRD QUARTERTEMLOU
TD06:54DeVante Parker 25 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 1738
TD00:06Andrell Smith 9 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (John Wallace Kick) 1745