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        === Louisville holds off South Florida to remain undefeated ===
 
 Louisville,  KY  (Sports Network) - B.J.  Daniels' Hail Mary pass on the final
 play  of  the game was  intercepted, and the  No. 16 Louisville Cardinals held
 off the South Florida Bulls, 27-25, to keep their undefeated season alive.
 
 Down  25-21 with  just over three minutes to play, Teddy Bridgewater completed
 5-of-7  throws on Louisville's final offensive possession, connecting with Eli
 Rogers  for an 11-yard score and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:35 remaining in
 the game.
 
 "That's  all  about trust," said  Bridgwater about  Rogers. "He's one of those
 guys that I've been playing ball with since grade school. With the play in the
 end  zone,  he did a great  job of getting open  and did a great job of coming
 down with the catch."
 
 However, DeDe Lattimore blocked the extra point and Louisville remained on top
 27-25.  On South  Florida's ensuing possession, Daniels could only advance the
 ball  to  the Bulls' own  47 before his final  throw was intercepted by Adrian
 Bushell.
 
 Daniels  threw three  touchdowns earlier  in the  game and  completed 21-of-38
 passes  for 189  yards and  an interception  for South  Florida (2-5,  0-3 Big
 East),  which  lost its fifth straight  game and remains winless in conference
 play.  Lindsey  Lamar ran for  110 yards on 15  carries and Andre Davis caught
 four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the setback.
 
 "Seems  like  we've been here before,  we had our opportunities today, but one
 thing  I certainly can say is that this team did go out and just compete their
 tails  off,"  said South Florida  coach Skip Holtz.  "Just the energy, the way
 they competed, I know everyone gets tired of hearing it, but that was one heck
 of a football game to come on the road here."
 
 Bridgewater  was  very efficient all  game, completing 21-of-25 passes for 256
 yards  and  two touchdowns.  He added 74  yards rushing on  10 carries for the
 Cardinals  (7-0, 2-0),  who are off to  their best start since 2006. They will
 put their unblemished mark to the test on Friday when they host Cincinnati.
 
 Senorise  Perry and  Jeremy Wright each scored a touchdown for Louisville, but
 neither player broke 30 yards rushing on Saturday.
 
 South  Florida  grabbed the  lead with 3:09  to play in  the game when Daniels
 found  Davis for  a 12-yard  score, but  Bridgewater answered  right back  for
 Louisville. He found Wright twice on the drive, completing passes of 14 and 16
 yards,  respectively, before  rushing for 11 yards and drawing a personal foul
 penalty  on  Kayvon Webster to  move Louisville  to the Bulls' 11. Bridgewater
 connected with Rogers for an 11-yard score on the next play to account for the
 final margin.
 
 "Each  week, a different receiver stands up. Last week, it was DeVante Parker,
 this week it's Eli (Rogers)," said Louisville coach Charlie Strong. "Each game
 is  going  to be like  this. I told  our team you're right  in the middle of a
 conference  race now, so you have to be competitive each week and make sure we
 maintain our focus."
 
 The  Bulls trailed 14-3  following a Daniels fumble to end the first half, but
 scored on their first touch on the third quarter.
 
 After  forcing a three-and-out,  South Florida took over at its own 29. On the
 second  play  of the  drive,  Lamar  broke off  a  26-yard  run to  move  into
 Cardinals'  territory and rushed for 16 more two plays later to the Louisville
 23. On 3rd-and-4, Daniels threw an 8-yard strike to Deonte Welch and two plays
 later found Davis in the end zone for a 12-yard score to pull within four.
 
 But  Louisville  answered back  on the ensuing  possession, needing just under
 three minutes to score a touchdown.
 
 On  the third play  of the drive, Perry caught a 12-yard pass from Bridgewater
 and  then took two  handoffs for a total of 18 yards down to the Bulls' 21. On
 the  next play,  Bridgewater  connected  with Damian  Copeland  for a  21-yard
 touchdown. Copeland finished with a game-high 93 yards on five catches and his
 touchdown brought the Cardinals' advantage back to 11.
 
 South Florida squandered a scoring opportunity on its next touch. After Marcus
 Shaw's  4-yard  run set  up 1st-and-goal  from the  four, the Cardinals denied
 the  Bulls of the end zone on four straight running plays. Daniels was stuffed
 for  no  gain on  fourth down and  South Florida came  away with nothing after
 eating up over five minutes of the game clock, still trailing 21-10.
 
 However,  South Florida  pulled within three midway through the final quarter.
 They  capped a 14-play, 86-yard scoring drive when Daniels found Sean Price in
 the  end zone for  a 13-yard score. Price came up with a 17-yard catch earlier
 in  the possession on 4th-and-8 to keep the drive alive. Demetri Murray rushed
 up the middle to score on the two-point conversion to make it 21-18.
 
 Maikon  Bonani  kicked a 36-yard field  goal on South Florida's opening drive,
 but the Cardinals took the lead on their second possession.
 
 Faced   with  a   3rd-and-4,  DeVante  Parker  caught  an  18-yard  pass  from
 Bridgewater,  who  then scrambled for  10 yards  to move Louisville inside the
 Bulls'  5-yard line.  After Perry  was denied  the end  zone on  3rd-and-goal,
 Louisville  gave it  back to the running  back on fourth down and he broke his
 way through the line for a score.
 
 Later  in the  second,  Louisville  built on  its  advantage  with an  11-yard
 touchdown  run by Wright to cap a 10-play scoring drive. Bridgewater completed
 a  16-yard  pass to  Rogers and  then found Copeland  for a 24-yard completion
 later  in the drive to move the Cardinals to the South Florida 28. Bridgewater
 rushed up the middle for 17 yards before Wright scampered into the end zone to
 give Louisville a 14-3 lead with 3:38 remaining in the half.
 
 South  Florida moved  to the Louisville 31 on  its last touch of the half on a
 21-yard  completion  from Daniels, but he  was sacked on the following play by
 Lorenzo  Mauldin, who forced the ball out. Louisville recovered the fumble and
 ran out the remaining second quarter clock.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have won 12 of their last 13 regular
 season  games ... Derrick Hopkins led the Bulls with five catches for 54 yards
 ... Louisville was denied 30 points at home for the first time this season ...
 South  Florida will  host Syracuse  next  week as  it searches  for its  first
 conference win.
 
 
 10/20 21:38:19 ET