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                === UConn shocks No. 19 Louisville in 3 OTs ===
 
 Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Chad Christen nailed a 30-yard field goal in
 the third overtime to lift the Connecticut Huskies to a stunning 23-20 victory
 over the 19th-ranked Louisville Cardinals.
 
 Cornerback   Blidi   Wreh-Wilson  picked   off  Louisville  quarterback  Teddy
 Bridgewater  in  the end zone on  the previous possession to set up Christen's
 deciding  kick.  Bridgewater  played  the  second half  and  overtime  with  a
 fractured left wrist.
 
 "He  showed his  toughness out  there  today," said  Louisville coach  Charlie
 Strong.
 
 Louisville  (9-2, 4-2  Big East)  no longer  controls its  own destiny  for an
 outright  Big  East title  after suffering  its second  straight loss, but can
 still earn a  share of  the conference crown  with a win Thursday at Rutgers.
 
 Strong  added that  Bridgewater "will  be able  to play"  against the  Scarlet
 Knights.
 
 Bridgewater  was  hurt on two occasions  and returned each time. His wrist was
 injured  on  the second-to-last play of  the first half when Sio Moore brought
 him down via a horse-collar tackle.
 
 The  sophomore standout  got a  cast on  at halftime  and returned  when UConn
 quarterback  Chandler  Whitmer threw an  interception in the third quarter and
 helped the Cardinals erase a 10-0 deficit.
 
 Louisville  failed to  capitalize on the turnover, with John Wallace missing a
 46-yard  field  goal. Wallace did connect  from 19 yards in the fourth quarter
 before   Bridgewater   orchestrated  a   game-tying,  13-play  drive  late  in
 regulation.
 
 Starting  from their  own 8-yard line, the Cardinals converted a trio of third
 downs and Bridgewater tied the game with a 6-yard TD pass to DeVante Parker on
 a slant-and-go with 21 seconds remaining.
 
 Louisville  got the ball to start overtime and Bridgewater suffered a left leg
 injury  when he was high-lowed by two defenders. Will Stein, who filled in for
 Bridgewater  earlier in  the game, completed the series, one that ended with a
 37-yard Wallace field goal.
 
 Christen  extended the  game for the Huskies (5-6, 2-4) by connecting from the
 same  distance. UConn  maintained possession to start the second overtime, and
 Johnny McEntee, an injury replacement for Whitmer, found Shakim Phillips for a
 3-yard score.
 
 "He  was one-on-one  and he ran a  great route and made a good catch," McEntee
 said about the touchdown pass to Phillips.
 
 Whitmer departed in the fourth quarter after absorbing a hard hit.
 
 Bridgewater then made another miraculous return and tied the game on the first
 play  of the next series, hooking up with Parker in the left corner of the end
 zone.
 
 It  was  a sluggish  start offensively  as the  first four  drives of the game
 featured no first downs.
 
 Lyle  McCombs finally  moved the chains with a 29-yard run and his significant
 gain  helped set  up a  Christen  39-yard field  goal that  clipped the  right
 upright.
 
 UConn appeared to extend its lead late in the opening quarter, but an official
 review overturned an interception return for a touchdown. The Huskies, though,
 went  up 10-0 when Nick Williams capped the ensuing 10-play trek by scoring on
 a 3-yard run.
 
 The  Cardinals  then marched to the  UConn 22-yard line, but consecutive sacks
 pushed them out of field goal range and derailed a promising drive.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Bridgewater  completed  30-of-53 passes for 331  yards ... Whitmer had only 72
 yards  on 7-of-21  passing ... McCombs gained  133 yards on 29 carries ... The
 Huskies registered only three first downs after halftime.
 
 
 
 11/24 18:41:42 ET

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