Scores

Final

Louisville 34

(6-5, 3-2 away)

Connecticut 20

(4-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 14 0 7 1334
CONN 0 10 0 1020

Top Performers

Passing: J. McEntee (CONN) - 253 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Brown (LOU) - 10 CAR, 45 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Moore (CONN) - 7 REC, 110 YDS, 1 TD

Teddy Bridgewater helps keep Louisville in Big East race

Associated Press

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Teddy Bridgewater threw for 174 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns as Louisville beat Connecticut 34-20 on Saturday.

Victor Anderson added 72 yards rushing for Louisville (6-5, 4-2 Big East), which kept its title hopes alive in a tightly packed conference. Bridgewater completed 14 of 22 passes with an interception.

UConn (4-6, 2-3), which last year won its final five regular season games to win the league championship and earn a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, is now mathematically out of the race.

The Cardinals had lost three of their last four games to UConn though they did handle the Huskies easily last season, winning 26-0 in Louisville.

Johnny McEntee was 18 of 43 passing for 253 yards for UConn. Kashif Moore caught six passes for 110 yards and a TD and also scored a rushing touchdown.

Lyle McCombs rushed for 33 yards -- well under his 109-yard per-game average -- but did become the second UConn freshman to pass the 1,000-yard mark.

In a game dominated by defense for long stretches, the Cardinals pulled away when their offense finally hit its stride.

Bridgewater scored on a 5-yard run late in the third quarter to put his team ahead 21-10. His option-keeper capped a 95-yard drive that was jumpstarted by a running-into-the-kicker penalty on UConn's Kendall Reyes, and kept alive by a 39-yard pass to Andrell Smith down the sideline.

The Cardinals appeared to put the game away early in the fourth quarter on Bridgewater's second score. The touchdown, which made it 28-10, was preceded by Josh Bellamy's 35-yard, juggling catch.

UConn closed the gap with 8:34 to play in the game when McEntee hit Moore with a 30-yard touchdown pass.

A field goal by the Huskies with 13 seconds left pulled them within 28-20, and the successful onside kick that ensued gave them a slim chance of sending the game to overtime.

Although the game's final play was a completed McEntee pass, it was followed by a series of laterals and resulted only in another Louisville score. Malcolm Mitchell picked off the final pitch and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
CONN
1st Downs1516
Total Yards299329
Passing173253
Rushing12676
Penalties7-507-45
3rd Down Conversions5-153-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers32
Possession38:1921:41

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater14/221747.901
ConnecticutC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McEntee18/432535.911

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson15724.8032
Brown10454.5122
ConnecticutCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCummings8405.0011
McCombs10333.3022

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith13939.0039
Bellamy23316.5035
ConnecticutRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore711015.7131
Moore56012.0041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUCONN
TD14:45Adrian Bushell 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Chris Philpott Kick) 70
TD05:51Daniel Brown 6 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERLOUCONN
FG08:41Dave Teggart 24 Yd 143
TD00:53Kashif Moore 5 Yd Run (Dave Teggart Kick) 1410
THIRD QUARTERLOUCONN
TD03:17Teddy Bridgewater 5 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick) 2110
FOURTH QUARTERLOUCONN
TD09:52Teddy Bridgewater 1 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick) 2810
TD08:34Kashif Moore 31 Yd Pass From Johnny McEntee (Dave Teggart Kick) 2817
FG00:13Dave Teggart 37 Yd 2820
TD00:00Malcolm Mitchell 36 Yd Fumble Return 3420