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Louisville Beats Missouri State 35-7, Bridgewater Shines
September 9, 2012By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co
The University of Louisville Cardinals are now 2-0 on the season after beating Missouri State 35-7 Saturday in Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.
Although Louisville dominated the MSU Bears throughout the game, they did make several mistakes on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals committed a total of nine penalties for 87 yards.
“I am very pleased with the victory today, but what is frustrating is that we played hard but we did not play smart, Charlie Strong said after the game. “We had nine penalties, and if you look at last week, our offense ran pretty well and then this week we sputtered offensively in the first half. We never got in sync and we never got into rhythm.”
Teddy Bridgewater was 30-39 on the day for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Bridgewater dispersed the ball well around the field, throwing to ten different receivers. It was the first time in his career throwing for more than 300 yards in a game.
Red-shirt freshman, Charles Gaines, played his first game in a Cardinal uniform. The speedy wide receiver had three catches for 73 yards, including a 55-yard reception in the first quarter that led to Louisville's first touchdown.
Running back Jeremy Wright left the second quarter with an ankle injury, but returned in the second half. Coach Strong said after the game the Wright should be fine.
Defensively, Louisville was able to overpower Missouri State throughout the game. The Cardinals defense held the Bears to just 249 yards of total offense. Ashton Glaser, who transferred from Missouri after last season, was held to 125 yards throwing.
Sophomore free-safety, Calvin Pryor, led the UofL defense with eight tackles and one interception. Defensive end, Lorenzo Mauldin, had the only sack on the day for the Cardinals.
“We could always play better,” Calvin Pryor said after the game. “We are the twenty-third team in the nation, that is supposed to mean something.”
Missouri State's safety, Cal Shaffitzel, had an encredible 17 tackles in the game.
Louisville will play North Carolina at home next Saturday. The Cardinals lost last year to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill 14-7.
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Photos by Jon Hancock