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Louisville Cardinals pull upset of West Virginia Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The early part of Louisville's basketball season might have to share some headlines with the Cardinals' surging football team.

Teddy Bridgewater threw for one touchdown and Andrew Johnson returned a blocked field goal for another as Louisville shocked No. 24 West Virginia 38-35 Saturday.

In the visitors' locker room, the entire Louisville team was heard singing John Denver's Country Roads — West Virginia's unofficial theme song.

Not expected to be a factor in the Big East, the Cardinals had their most points this season behind a freshman quarterback in winning their third straight.

"I was not surprised at all to come into this venue and for us to go and play well," said Louisville coach Charlie Strong, a former Florida assistant. "…We didn't come here to lose or to play it tight. We came in here to win."

Geno Smith threw for 410 yards and three scores but couldn't bring the Mountaineers back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.

Bridgewater, making his sixth start, completed 21 of 27 passes for a season-high 246 yards.

NO. 23 CINCINNATI 26, PITT 24: Zach Collaros threw for 214 yards and ran for two touchdowns as the visiting Bearcats took firm control of the league race at 3-0.

Isaiah Pead rushed for 118 yards and Tony Miliano kicked four field goals for the Bearcats, who won their sixth straight and took a step toward their third conference title in four years.

Pitt led by 10 early in the third quarter but two turnovers deep in its territory let Cincinnati get back in the game.

Tino Sunseri ran for a touchdown and passed for another but Kevin Harper's 50-yard field goal with 14 seconds left was wide right. The Panthers led 23-13 early in the third quarter on Tino Sunseri's 4-yard toss to tight end Hubie Graham.

Yet Cincinnati rallied doing what it has done all season: Forcing opponents into careless turnovers and turning them into points. Down by a touchdown, the Bearcats recovered Sunseri's fumble at the Pitt 27. Cincinnati needed just three plays to tie it at 23, with Collaros plunging over from 3 yards for his second touchdown of the game.

CONNECTICUT 28, SYRACUSE 21: Coach Paul Pasqualoni didn't want this game to be about him. But his players had other ideas.

Quarterback Scott McCummings ran for two touchdowns and Lyle McCombs added 152 yards rushing and a score for host Connecticut, giving "Coach P" a "W" in his first game against a program he coached for 14 seasons. Syracuse fired Pasqualoni in 2004 after going 107-59-1, with four Big East titles, nine bowl appearances and six bowl wins.

"He downplayed the whole thing," said linebacker Sio Moore, who had a key fourth-quarter interception.

Louisville 38

24 W.Va. 35

Louisville Cardinals pull upset of West Virginia Mountaineers 11/05/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 12:15am]
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