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Bridgewater leads win in likely home finale

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater shied away from questions about his future to focus on the present. His day wasn't pretty by his standards but provided a victorious memory should the Louisville quarterback move on to the next level.

Bridgewater threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in perhaps his final home game and No. 21 Louisville held off Memphis 24-17 on Saturday.

The Cardinals used a 17-point surge over the second and third quarters to provide a cushion.

"For us to go up and then they start fighting back, you know those things happen," Bridgewater said. "It's all about how you answer them. We were able to finish strong and are glad to get the win."

Louisville led 24-3 before quarterback Paxton Lynch rallied Memphis with a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter and a 6-yard TD pass to Jesse Milleson with 6:07 left.

But Tigers defensive back Reggis Ball was penalized for roughing punter Ryan Johnson, giving the Cardinals a first down at the Memphis 29 with 2:58 left.

Bridgewater is a junior but is scheduled to graduate in December and is projected as a possible first overall pick in the NFL draft.

Cardinals coach Charlie Strong floated the scenario of his quarterback returning. But in pregame, Bridgewater walked around the south end zone soaking in the atmosphere and kneeling for an extended solitary prayer.

Cincinnati 24, Houston 17: The visiting Bearcats extended their wining streak to six and stayed in the hunt for the league crown and a BCS bid. Brendon Kay threw for 386 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for Cincinnati. Kay finished 29 of 50 and added 38 yards on the ground. Hosey Williams rushed for 84 yards for Cincinnati, which had 573 yards of offense. "It means a lot for a group of guys that struggled early," Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said of the winning streak. "We didn't have an identity until the fifth game of the year."

Connecticut 28, Temple 21: The visiting Huskies avoided setting a program record for consecutive losses, ending a 10-game skid. Freshman quarterback Casey Cochran tied it on a 1-yard rush with 6:52 left and linebacker Yawin Smallwood returned an interception 59 yards for the winning score with 4:20 left.

Bridgewater leads win in likely home finale 11/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:17am]
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