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(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Louisville 34, Connecticut 20
East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Teddy Bridgewater threw for 174 yards and ran for a pair of scores, as the Louisville Cardinals fended off Connecticut, 34-20 to stay in the hunt for the Big East crown.
Vic Anderson carried 15 times for 72 yards to help the Cardinals (6-5, 4-2 Big East) get back in the win column after their three-game win streak was snapped against Pittsburgh last week.
Kashif Moore ran for a touchdown and caught seven passes for 110 yards and a TD in a losing effort for the Huskies (4-6, 2-3).
U of L return man Adrian Bushell silenced the home crowd by returning the game's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to give the visitors a quick 7-0 lead.
Daniel Brown extended the Cardinals' lead to 14-0 on a six-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter.
UConn's Dave Teggart cut the deficit to 14-3 with a 24-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. In the final minute before halftime, Moore found the end zone on a five-yard run to make it a 14-10 game. The TD was set up by an interception by UConn's Dwayne Gratz that gave the Huskies the ball on the Louisville 22.
U of L extended its lead to 21-10 on a five-yard touchdown scamper by Bridgewater late in the third quarter, capping a 12-play, 95-yard drive that chewed nearly seven minutes off the clock.
Bridgewater scored his second rushing touchdown of the day, this time from one yard with 9:52 remaining in regulation, to push the Cardinals' advantage to 28-10.
However, UConn continued to hang around. Moore hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Johnny McEntee with 8:34 remaining to cut the margin to 11. Teggart kicked a 37-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining to make it an eight- point game. The Huskies recovered the on-side kick, but on the final play a series of laterals eventually led to a fumble, which was recovered by Louisville's Malcolm Mitchell and returned 36 yards the other way for a game- clinching touchdown.
The Huskies held a 329-299 edge in total offense for the game, but they had to settle for field goals on two of their three trips to the red zone. Conversely, Louisville scored touchdowns on all three of its visits inside the 20.
11/19 16:53:01 ET