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Louisville reclaims the Keg of Nails in overtimes win over Cincy

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There was Big East football on Friday night, and by God it was glorious.

Okay, maybe it was just fun.

No. 16 Louisville had not defeated Cincinnati for the Keg of Nails since 2007, but came away with a 34-31 overtime win over the Bearcats Friday night in a drenched Papa Johns Stadium.

Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux said earlier this week that he thought he was better than Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Though Legaux threw three picks Friday night, he certainly was stating his case when he threw a clutch 26-yard score to receiver Damon Julian to tie the game at 31 with one minute left in regulation. But Legaux also threw a costly interception in the first overtime that, frankly, was completely on him.

But Legaux’s INT was only the start. Bearcats coach Butch Jones attempted to ice Louisville kickerĀ John Wallace on the Cards’ first possession — except the snap was bad. On UL’s second attempt, Wallace split the uprights and the Cardinals pulled out a dramatic victory.

At 8-0, Louisville controls its own Big East destiny. The Cardinals’ next three games — Temple, at Syracuse and UConn — should all be business-as-usual; the season-finale at Rutgers, however, could very well be for the Big East title. That’s assuming the Scarlet Knights can beat Cincinnati here in a few weeks.

Cincinnati suffered its second consecutive loss. The Bearcats’ Big East title hopes aren’t completely gone, but they’ll need some help and can’t afford another loss.

Either way, the Big East race is actually shaping up to be rather interesting.

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4 Responses to “Louisville reclaims the Keg of Nails in overtimes win over Cincy”
  1. goldtoothbiscuits says: Oct 27, 2012 1:11 AM

    who cares? UofL plays in a C+ rated conference.

  2. blitz4848 says: Oct 27, 2012 6:54 AM

    They sure look like they would be upper tier in the B1G 10 this year!!!!!!!!!
    Charlie Strong will soon get an offer to be HC in the SEC and well deserved……..

  3. fatcamper says: Oct 27, 2012 9:32 AM

    Louisville and Rutgers are driving up the TV contract every time they win. An end of the season undefeated showdown for a BCS spot is what everybody wants to see. If it happens expect NBC/ESPN to make it rain on Mike Aresco.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Oct 27, 2012 10:32 AM

    It’s still just the Little East. Tell us again when they actually play a TEAM instead of their poor quality opponents in that sorry conference.

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