College football history was made last night, as the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators to win the the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The number 3 ranked Gators were the heavy favorites, but the 31 ranked Cardinals surprised fans across the country winning 33-23, the biggest upset in BCS history.
Louisville had their work cut out for them, with many experts stating that the team had an easy season and would be dominated by the SEC's most dominate defensive line. However, the Cards showed early they came to play with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first minutes of the game; they are the only team to score a touchdown within the first 15 seconds of each half. Led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the Cards continued to dominate the first half, as Florida struggled with bad play calling and penalties. Even though Florida attempted to rally in the 4th quarter, it was too little to late and the Cards will be taking home the Sugar Bowl championship.
The victory was validation for the Louisville team that they were worthy of a BCS bowl. It was also a level of vindication for Louisville's head coach Charlie Strong, who turned down an offer to coach the University of Tennessee and stayed with the team that gave him his first head coaching position three years ago. With the young talent still on this Louisville team for next year, it will be interesting to see if they can repeat their success in the 2013-2014 season.