It has been gone for 4 years now, but tonight the Keg of Nails is back home where it belongs! In what was a rain soaked night, the 16th ranked Cardinals had another come from behind victory, this time with a 30 yard field goal by freshman John Wallace in overtime.
Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not throw one pass in overtime, he had already thrown for a career high 416 yards and 2 touchdowns in regulation. This coming after hearing Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux say he was the better quarterback earlier in the week. Teddy made the comment to ESPN after the game that “We do our talking on the field!” This comes on a night when Munchie was only 13 of 28 for 157 yards, and 3 interceptions. Looks like Munchie had his mouth full of something when he made that comment.
Late in the second half Devante Parker took a 20 yard pass from Bridgewater, juked his man, and ran the ball into the end zone, with what Cardinal fans believed to be the game winning touchdown! This left Cincinnati with the ball and 1:56 left in the game. Cincinnati would only need 53 seconds to answer.
After a kick return by the Bearcats to the 41 yard line, Leagux hit back to back passes. This set up the Bearcat offense at the 26 yard line. Leagux then hit Damon Julien for a touchdown pass with 1:03 left. With the score tied at 31-31, the crowd started chanting, “Teddy…Teddy…Teddy!”
Bridgewater hit Cardinal wide receiver Scott Radcliff with a 30 yard pass to start the drive. After a penalty and a sack, the game went into overtime.
Cincinnati started the overtime on offense. After 2 runs, Leagux has a pass intercepted in the end zone by cardinal cornerback Terrell Floyd. The Cardinals came out with 3 runs, and a botched snap on the 4th down field goal attempt. Luckily Cincinnati coach Butch Jones botched the ice-the-kicker timeout, and the Cardinals got a second chance. This time the snap was perfect, and John Wallace kicked the game winner. Louisville wins 34-31! The Cardinals are 8-0 for only the third time in history! Next week the Cardinals have a noon kick off against new Big East member Temple, at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium!