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                          === Louisville downs FIU ===
 
 Miami,  FL  (Sports Network) - Teddy  Bridgewater had two touchdown passes and
 ran for a touchdown as No. 20 Louisville held off FIU, 28-21.
 
 Bridgewater  went 19-for-36  with 194  yards and  two interceptions,  Senorise
 Perry  carried the  ball 11  times for  74 yards  and Jeremy  Wright added  14
 carries  for  43 yards and  a score for the  Cardinals (4-0), who were playing
 their  first  road game of  the season after  opening 2012 with three straight
 wins at home.
 
 "We  just  didn't play  smart," Louisville coach  Charlie Strong admitted. "We
 didn't execute at all tonight but we are happy to get out of here with a win."
 
 Jake  Medlock  was 10-for-16 with 116  yards and had a rushing touchdown while
 E.J.  Hilliard went 9-for-10 with 82 yards and a score for the Golden Panthers
 (1-3), who have dropped their past two after an overtime win against Akron.
 
 "A  lot of  positives to  be drawn  from it,  but never  a moral  victory, but
 certainly  geared up and  ready to move on and ready for conference play," FIU
 coach Mario Cristobal said of the setback.
 
 Starting  the second half with the game tied, Louisville went three-and-out on
 the  first touch  of the half, but  Sam Miller fumbled the punt and Louisville
 recovered  at the  Florida International 46. Following runs of 24 and 16 yards
 be  Perry, Wright  took the ball six yards  into the end zone for a 21-14 lead
 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the third.
 
 The  Golden Panthers  answered  with  a long  drive  and  got into  Louisville
 territory.  However, a holding  call and a 3-yard loss forced them into a 3rd-
 and-23  at the 32-yard line. The team got 22 yards on a catch by Jacob Younger
 and  went  for it  on  4th-and-1,  but Jeremiah  Harden  was  stuffed and  the
 Cardinals got the ball back.
 
 Louisville  then held  the ball for over  eight minutes in a 90-yard march and
 the  14th  play of the drive  saw Bridgewater take  the ball into the end zone
 himself  on  a 1-yard score for  a 28-14 lead on  the first play of the fourth
 quarter.
 
 FIU  again  failed on  a fourth down  play, but Bridgewater  was picked off by
 Chuck  Grace and FIU  got the ball back at the Louisville 32. Six plays later,
 Hilliard  found Jacob Younger  for a 4-yard score to make it a 28-21 game with
 just under five minutes to play.
 
 Louisville  had to punt  after failing to get a first down, but a roughing the
 kicker  call  on FIU gave  the team a  fresh set of  downs, and from there the
 Cardinals killed the rest of the clock to hold on for the win.
 
 Louisville  wasted no time taking the lead as the team took its first touch 70
 yards and put the ball into the end zone on the 13th play as Bridgewater found
 Nick  Heuser from three yards out for a 7-0 lead with just under eight minutes
 to play in the first quarter.
 
 The  Golden Panthers answered  with a long march of their own to tie the game.
 The 13-play drive covered 76 yards and was capped on a 3-yard touchdown run by
 Darian Mallary with 2:14 to play in the first.
 
 Early  in the second quarter, FIU started the  ball at  its own  18 and used a
 good mix of run and pass plays to get down to the Louisville 5. After a 4-yard
 run by Harden to get the ball to the 1, Medlock snuck it in himself for a 14-7
 lead with 7:08 left in the half.
 
 After  an exchange of  punts, the Cardinals went 77 yards in 12 plays and tied
 the  contest when  Andrell Smith caught a 1-yard score from Bridgewater in the
 final minute of the half to send the game into the locker room tied at 14-all.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Both  Medlock  and Mallary  left  the  game with  injuries  ...  FIU plays  at
 Louisiana  next  Saturday ... Louisville plays  at Southern Miss next week ...
 Harden  totaled  102 yards  on 20 carries  ... FIU won  the only other meeting
 between these two schools, a 24-17 decision at Louisville last year.
 
 
 09/23 01:15:40 ET