The Cards came out hot from the get-go. I mean, what really was there to expect? The Cards were forty point favorites and it showed. It can’t get more self-explanatory. The Cards played great wire-to-wire and showed their AAC foes how you’re supposed to handle an FCS opponent.
As was expected, Bridgewater played a fantastic game. He finished 23/32 with 397 yards and four touchdown passes. After his performance today, expect for his Heisman odds to get padded, after he rose majorly last week. Bridgewater played well, and was played for most of the blowout.
Teddy Bridgewater has 4+ Pass TD in both games this season, just the 2nd Louisville QB to throw for 4+ TD in back-to-back games since 2004
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2013
Louisville’s receiver corp was just phenomenal to say the least. DeVante Parker was back to his old self and getting into proper form, catching five passes for 134 yards, and pulling in two touchdown passes. Tight end and Florida transfer Gerald Christian also emerged as an offensive force, catching five passes for 74 yards and pulling in one touchdown.
The defense played great as well, stopping EKU on every drive, with one late-game exception that was helped by a penalty. The Cards defense forced two turnovers today, including a Calvin Pryor pick. This defense looked great and should help put to rest many criticisms about how Louisville’s defense isn’t strong enough to consider them a top-tier team this season. Anybody who has actually seen this Cards defense with Pryor, Smith, and Brown play would never say that ever again.
One complaint I have is with the running game. Louisville had 28 carries today, spreading out the run evenly between the Cards’ trio of rushers. The running attack wasn’t successful though, as they only came up with one touchdown and 78 yards. I know it’s hard to spread out the attack when you have such a talented quarterback, but you have got to mix it up a bit. Teams know Bridgewater is good, so they’re going to go after him. The Cards need to begin to start opening up more holes and getting more rushing attempts, as they have to mix it up a bit, otherwise Louisville is going to get pretty predictable.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier. The team is playing great and I just love watching them. The only thing predicted wrong about this game is that the spread was -40 (Cards won by 37). Complaints aside, the game is behind us and we HAVE to look forward to next week. The big one. The UK game. I cannot wait. Go Cards.