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Bridgewater too much for Miami, Cards roll in Russell Athletic Bowl

Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Temple AP

No. 18 Louisville acquitted itself quite well in its last game before jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Cardinals dominated future ACC-foe Miami, 36-9, in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night as Teddy Bridgewater threw for 447 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (one rushing).

UL finished up the season at 12-1 while Miami fell to 9-4.

Bridgewater, who could be the first quarterback selected in the next NFL draft if he chooses to make himself available, completed 35 of 45 passes and rushed for 24 yards to lead an offense that produced 527 yards. Devante Parker was Bridgewater’s prime target, catching nine passes for a 142 yards, both game highs.

The only real mistake Bridgewater made all night was letting himself get tackled for a first quarter safety as Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Louisville defense was superb, holding the Hurricanes to 173 total yards and without an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was sacked four times and had a Cardinal defender in his face more often than not.

Miami failed to reach the 10-win mark, which it hasn’t done since 2003. At one time 7-0 and ranked in the top 6 of the polls, the ‘Canes seemed to lose interest in the season after getting crushed by Florida State. But Miami is young and Al Golden has a good nucleus to work with going forward, though finding an adequate replacement for Morris will be task No. 1 come spring.

As for Louisville, it has just matched its best season in school history. If Bridgewater leaves, there will be a major transition process, which has the potential to be rough given the move to a tougher conference in 2014. But as long as UL can keep Charlie Strong in the fold, this should be a program that continues to improve.

 

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20 Responses to “Bridgewater too much for Miami, Cards roll in Russell Athletic Bowl”
  1. nickp91 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:26 PM

    What a game by Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville

  2. suprmous says: Dec 28, 2013 10:32 PM

    Who really believed Teddy Bridgewater and Co was goin to roll over and play dead against Miami? Sorry Michael Irvin but Bridgewater’s just too good to do that. Howard Schellenberger said it all in his interview and God love him my heart went out to him but that still didn’t take away from Louisville’s attack on Miami. Great game and here’s to next year for Miami.

  3. cometkazie says: Dec 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    It would be kind to say Miami struggled, so I won’t.

    It reminded me of when LSU beat them in the Peach Bowl several years back.

    The U looked lost.

  4. rodge1 says: Dec 28, 2013 11:36 PM

    Miami fan here. Golden is good coach but the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator have to go. Terrible development and worse game prep all season.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    That was brutal to watch. I almost felt sorry for Miami.

  6. luxinterior78 says: Dec 28, 2013 11:59 PM

    “the ‘Canes seemed to lose interest in the season after being crushed by Florida State.”

    It wasn’t mentioned that they also lost their top running back for the season in that game, and he was their top playmaker on offense up to that point. As much as I would love to think that getting lambasted by FSU would kill their morale for the rest of the season, there was a key detail that wasn’t mentioned.

  7. jzone954 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:10 AM

    Miami looked like they had absolutely no business being on the same field with Louisville last night

  8. finfan713 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 AM

    Stay classy teddy, nice throat slash you pos

  9. cowrun2000 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:14 AM

    Louisville looked like a bunch of thugs!!

  10. cometkazie says: Dec 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    luxinterior78 says:
    Dec 28, 2013 11:59 PM
    “the ‘Canes seemed to lose interest in the season after being crushed by Florida State.”

    It wasn’t mentioned that they also lost their top running back for the season in that game, and he was their top playmaker on offense up to that point. As much as I would love to think that getting lambasted by FSU would kill their morale for the rest of the season, there was a key detail that wasn’t mentioned.
    +-+-+

    They mentioned it about twenty times and had a couple of shots of him on the sideline.

    They looked like Green Bay w/o Rogers.

  11. ray1950 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    Louisville vs Baylor would have been a much better Fiesta Bowl.

  12. gatorfan1 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    I guess we won’t hear crap anymore from Miami fans about when Florida played Louisville!

    You guys are so focused on criticizing Florida & Muschamp, I would think at this point the Miami fan base would be more concerned about their own coach.

    And if you going to complain about injuries, only 1 position (center) played a full year this season for Florida and wasn’t effected by injury.

  13. denverdude7 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    Yaaaawn…

    Well, at least yet another “We’re Just Here To Sell More Beer Bowl” is over.

    Really, how many meaningless bowl games do we have to endure?

  14. dhardy8207 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    What a great game by Bridgewater and Louisville! That throw he completed 40 yards down field while scrambling backwards was the type of play to display his talents to NFL scouts. Judging by the wording of his post game interview it sounds like he’s ready to take his career to the next level…

    Good Luck to Bridgewater and congrats to Louisville!

  15. fsu01 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:31 PM

    denverdude, you do not have to endure any more bowl games than you desire. Turn the channel.

    I do not get why people complain about the number of bowl games. True college fans love the games. It is a long wait until next August enjoy it while it lasts.

  16. fsu01 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:37 PM

    I do not even get why Miami would be critical of Florida, or Florida of Miami for that matter. There is supposedly a rivalry there but how can that be when they only play every now and then.

    Miami is headed the right directions despite some struggles. Florida appears to be a mess, but they are still Florida. Florida, Miami, and Florida State will all be fine.

  17. blitz4848 says: Dec 29, 2013 12:37 PM

    The LOSER in all this IS the Florida Gators.

    Gators should have cut loose Muschamp and brought back Charlie Strong. He may not come back next year when Florida has no choice but to can Muschamp—a great guy and a hell of a DC but just not a HC………..

  18. luxinterior78 says: Dec 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    @cometkazie

    I meant in this CFT story, and that is why I used a quote from THIS STORY! It made it sound like they just packed it in for the season, and didn’t really care either way. Thanks for your assumption that we all watched the game on TV though, I’ll remember that the next time I post. (sarcastic)

  19. uh1973 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    Is there a more overrated program than Miami. Ooops, I forgot — Clemson. I get tired of these clowns running around and yapping about “The U”. They are living in the 80s and Jimmy Johnson ain’t coming back, guys. They got their you-know-whats handed to them by Louisville. It’s a shame Louisville was relegated to this bowl. No offense to the good folks from Russell Athletic and Orlando, but Louisville lost one game and they are playing off Broadway yet some other schools are playing January 1st with wore records and worse teams. Can we please blow up what is left of the bowl system. These conference tie-ins have ruined the games. Go back to the good old days when bowls went and recruited teams.

  20. scbaby2013 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:49 AM

    Where’s Shapiro when u need him smh.

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