On Sunday September 1, the Louisville Cardinals showed the rest of college football that they are a force to be reckoned with. The speed of the Cardinals skill position players overwhelmed what is supposed to be a tough Ohio Bobcat squad. Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes in three quarters of action, and Louisville didn’t attempt a punt until less than 8 minutes left in the game.
In the beginning, Teddy Bridgewater dominated Ohio early with poise and precision. He started the game with 9 straight completions. Those completions resulted in two touchdown passes to Damian Copeland.
Louisville’s play action passing game seemed to be in a masterful groove in the first game. Teddy Bridgewater finished 23/28 355 yards and five touchdown passes. He also added one interception in the second quarter, but besides that, Bridgewater was flawless.
Louisville’s running game also did a wonderful job of creating holes. The Cardinals finished the game with 199 yards rushing led by Senorise Perry with 58. Michael Dyer had the biggest play on the ground with a 46 yard touchdown run to make it 35-0 in the third quarter.
It wasn’t only the offense that was impressive in Louisville’s debut. Defensively, they held Ohio to 273 total yards, and the Bobcats could never get on track. Ohio was 5 for 15 on third downs and scored a meaningless touchdown on the last play of the third quarter. Otherwise, the speed and power of the Cardinal defense was too much for the Ohio to handle.
The final buzzer sounded with Louisville winning 49-7.
All throughout the game, ESPN analysts praised Teddy Bridgewater for being the anti Johnny Manziel.
What makes Louisville’s performance so impressive is the level of consistency they showed. They scored two touchdowns a piece in the first three quarters. Back up quarterback Will Gardner added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter.