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Louisville shakes off slow beginning

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A touchdown pass helped Teddy Bridgewater overcome one of his slowest starts in recent memory.

Everything else soon fell into place for No. 7 Louisville, with a big boost from running back Senorise Perry.

Perry ran for two touchdowns and Bridgewater passed for 250 yards as the Cardinals scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky 27-13 on Saturday.

Louisville's rebound followed a halftime tongue-lashing by coach Charlie Strong, who was upset with his offense. They responded with 339 second-half yards en route to outgaining UK 492-376.

"I was kind of (upset) at half because I knew we weren't playing our best football," Strong said. "I had some really good words for them. … We hadn't played our best with our offense in the first half but defensively, we had. I knew eventually we would pick up on offense because we just have too many good players not to."

Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime to open things up for Louisville, which defeated its instate rival for the third consecutive year to keep the Governor's Cup.

The quarterback said he didn't feel like his timing was off, but conceded that he wasn't as accurate as he could have been. The point was to keep pushing.

"You never carry one play into the next play," he said after completing 16 of 28 attempts. "If I throw a bad ball one play then I just try to hit the next one."

Fordham 30, Temple 29: For the first time since reinstating its program in 1970, Fordham beat a Division I-A foe.

The American, meanwhile, had egg on its face again after another loss to a I-AA team.

Michael Nebrich found Sam Ajala for a 29-yard touchdown with four seconds left for the visiting Rams. Nebrich — who was recruited by Temple, committed to UConn, then transferred to Fordham — was 23-of-36 for 320 yards and two touchdowns.

Temple rallied in the second half behind emergency quarterback Connor Reilly, who started the first two games but injured his right knee last week. He led the Owls to three touchdown drives and a 29-23 lead.

It was the third time this season that an American team lost to a I-AA foe, all at home.

Maryland 32, UConn 21: C.J. Brown ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and threw for 277 yards and a score as the visiting Terrapins gave coach Randy Edsall a win over the team he led for 12 seasons.

Shakim Phillips caught a career-high 10 passes for 178 yards and a late touchdown for the Huskies, who fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002.

It was the first visit to Connecticut for Edsall since he left the school for Maryland after leading the Huskies to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.

Rutgers 28, E. Michigan 10: With starting quarterback Gary Nova sidelined early after an apparent concussion, sophomore running back Paul James ran for a career-best 192 yards and three touchdowns for the host Scarlet Knights. Rutgers honored paralyzed former player Eric LeGrand and retired his No. 52 jersey.

Middle Tenn. 17, Memphis 15: Cody Clark hit a 40-yard field goal with 1:49 left to lift the host Blue Raiders. The Tigers drove to the Middle Tennessee 37 before consecutive sacks of Paxton Lynch on the game's final two plays.

Cincinnati 66, NW State 9: Sixth-year senior quarterback Brendon Kay, filling in for injured Munchie Legaux, tied his career high with four touchdown passes for the host Bearcats.

Louisville shakes off slow beginning 09/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:34pm]
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