=== No. 9 Louisville dominates Ohio in season opener ===
 
 Louisville,  KY  (Sports Network)  - Teddy  Bridgewater threw  his hands up in
 disbelief after throwing an interception in the second quarter.
 
 With  the way Bridgewater played Sunday, it's no wonder the junior quarterback
 was dumbfounded.
 
 Bridgewater,  one of  the preseason favorites to take home the Heisman Trophy,
 picked apart Ohio's defense to the tune of 355 passing yards and a career-high
 tying  five  touchdowns as No. 9  Louisville rolled over the Bobcats, 49-7, in
 the season opener for both programs.
 
 "It  was just fun to watch Teddy. It's amazing how he continues to develop and
 just gets better and better," Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said.
 
 Auburn transfer Michael Dyer ran for a 46-yard touchdown while Damian Copeland
 and  Kai De  La Cruz hauled in  two scores apiece for the Cardinals (1-0), who
 will play in the American Athletic Conference this season prior to joining the
 Atlantic Coast Conference.
 
 Louisville's  defense,  a unit that brought  back a slew of starters from last
 year's  Sugar Bowl-winning  team, held  Ohio to  273 yards  and just  13 first
 downs, most coming with the outcome already decided.
 
 The  Bobcats (0-1)  were unable to duplicate last year's run of seven straight
 wins to begin the season, which started with an upset at Penn State.
 
 Beau  Blankenship  was limited to  22 yards on 12  carries after running for a
 single-season  school record  1,604 yards last year, and Tyler Tettleton threw
 for just 140 yards on 11-of-23 attempts in the humbling loss.
 
 "We  need to move  on from this one. Obviously we can't be pleased," Ohio head
 coach Frank Solich said. "We have to understand that we played a poor football
 game."
 
 Bridgewater was in midseason form from the start, connecting on all six of his
 attempts  for 77  yards on the game's  opening drive and capping it with a 34-
 yard bomb to Copeland in the end zone while rolling to his left.
 
 Bridgewater  hooked up with Copeland again midway through the opening quarter,
 purposely throwing behind his receiver at the right pylon for a 19-yard TD.
 
 The Cardinals took their time on their next touch, and on the 11th play of the
 86-yard  march, DeVante Parker was left open for a 27-yard touchdown reception
 for a 21-0 Louisville lead less than two minutes into the second quarter.
 
 The only blemish for Bridgewater came when he was intercepted by Xavier Hughes
 on a pass over the middle, but Ohio failed to convert the turnover into points
 when Matt Green missed a 32-yard chip shot.
 
 Bridgewater  made  up for his miscue  by finding De  La Cruz on a corner route
 that turned into a 40-yard touchdown with 3:44 remaining in the half.
 
 Dyer,  the 2011  BCS National Championship Game MVP, made his presence felt in
 his first game for Louisville with a long TD run early in the second half, and
 Bridgewater,  still throwing midway through the third, capped his big day with
 a 25-yard scoring strike to Robert Clark.
 
 Ryan  Boykin  spoiled Louisville's shutout bid  on the final play of the third
 quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run.
 
 Will  Gardner  relieved Bridgewater  to begin  the fourth  and added a 30-yard
 touchdown pass to De La Cruz.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Louisville  amassed 615  yards and  held the  ball for  37:16 ...  Bridgewater
 completed  23-of-28  passes ... De  La Cruz had a  game-high 116 yards on four
 receptions,  while Copeland  caught six passes for 98 yards ... Louisville has
 won seven straight non-conference games ... These teams met for the first time
 since  1959  ... Louisville hosts Eastern  Kentucky next Saturday ... Ohio has
 its home opener next Saturday against North Texas.
 
 
 
 
 09/01 23:35:23 ET