The Louisville Cardinals came into Wednesday’s Sugar Bowl with hardly anyone giving them a chance. All the experts were saying Florida would cream the Cardinals easily. Turns out, it was the Cards that did the creaming. Behind Sugar Bowl MVP Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals stunned the College Football world beating the Florida Gators 33-23 to win the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals controlled the game from the very first play from scrimmage when Florida QB Jeff Driskel threw a “pick 6″ to Terell Floyd. After the Louisville D shut down the Gator offense, Teddy Bridgewater went to work. All night long Bridgewater picked apart the Florida Defense changing plays at the line, reading the D and throwing near perfect passes all night long. Bridgewater established himself as an early contender for next year’s Heisman with his performance tonight throwing for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. The third ranked Gators were out of sync all night long as the they were thoroughly beaten by the Cards. Despite making it close late, the Gators were unable to convert a crucial 2 point conversion that ended up sealing the game for the Cards.
Wednesday night was the biggest win in the history of the Louisville Football program. The Cardinals now 2-0 in BCS games and could very well be in the BCS again next season. The Cards will be returning a lot of key players for the 2013 campaign (their last in the Big East) They would seem to be the early favorites to win the Big East again next season. With Bridgewater behind center, and Charlie Strong on the sideline, the future of the Cardinal Football program looks very bright indeed. Tonight, could be the start of something special.