LOUISVILLE, Ky. ‚?? Louisville coach Charlie Strong had concerns about how his team would start the season, despite a No. 25 ranking and the top spot in the preseason Big East picks.
If the opener Sunday against Kentucky was any indication, Strong had nothing to worry about. Starting the game on the 1 turned out to be no trouble for the Cardinals, who simply drove the length of the field for a touchdown that set the tone for a 32-14 victory.
How easy was it? Louisville‚??s next two scoring drives covered 85 and 93 yards and how quickly it happened depended on whose hands were on the ball.
‚??I do not know if I expected the offense to perform as well as they did,‚?Ě Strong said after his team outgained Kentucky 466-373. ‚??A lot of the time you just don‚??t know how well guys will play together and get in sync. They were able to get in sync, stay in sync and move the ball up and down the field.‚?Ě
Credit sophomore Teddy Bridgewater for getting things going on that first drive, taking the Cardinals from third down on their 2 up to the 42 with consecutive completions to Damian Copeland and Andrell Smith. Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry took the cue and then took off, with Wright rushing for three touchdowns and Perry adding a 47-yard touchdown run.
‚??That‚??s what we pride ourselves on, that‚??s why we work hard,‚?Ě said Bridgewater, who finished with 232 yards on 19-of-21 passing, a school record for completion percentage. ‚??We practice game-like situations, so (Sunday) was just like practice.‚?Ě