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Louisville defeats Miami, wins Russell Athletic Bowl

By Annie Moore

In what would prove to be both Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater’s last game for the University of Louisville, the famously Floridian duo led the Cardinals to a victory over the University of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Five minutes into the game, Bridgewater was sacked in the end zone for a safety, and it looked as if the Cardinals were in for a long night. These two points would turn out to be the last for Miami until the fourth quarter.

Louisville went on to score 36 unanswered points, and Bridgewater put on a clinic in his final act going 35/45 for 477 yards and three touchdowns.

The game was largely viewed as both an ACC debut for the 2014 conference addition Cardinals, and the biggest challenge on a widely-dismissed weak Louisville schedule.

“We’ve always heard that our schedule wasn’t that tough, but we were able to play a quality opponent.  That’s why you play the game, to compete,” Bridgewater said. “I’m so proud of my team and the way we played today.”

The bowl marked the Cardinals’ second-consecutive bowl victory over a Florida school, and the third of the Strong era.

One week after the game, Louisville found itself less the Head Coach and offensive leader. Bridgewater announced his entering the draft just four days after the game on New Years Day, and Strong took the head coaching position at the University of Texas at Austin a week after the game.

Louisville continues its search for a head coach and prepares to gather itself and look towards its debut season in the ACC.

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Teddy Bridgewater to enter NFL Draft

By Annie Moore

“After discussing all the options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.”

 

And with that, Louisville’s quarterback for the last three years announced he was leaving. Teddy Bridgewater announced Wednesday he will forgo his senior season to enter the 2014 National Football League draft.

 

Bridgewater’s statement came on the heels of an outstanding 2013 season, which included a win over his hometown team, Miami University in the Russell Athletic Bowl just four days prior to his announcement. In the game against Miami, Bridgewater went 35-for-45, and had a career-high 447 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Bridgewater broke the University of Louisville record for number of touchdown passes in a single season with 31 this previous year.

 

Bridgewater was 30-9 in his years at Louisville, including two bowl wins, two conference titles, and two double-digit win seasons.

 

“I can’t express how much my time at Louisville has meant to me. I will cherish every moment on the field and off the field, and every bond that I built. I will forever represent the university with the utmost pride and respect.” Bridgewater said.

 

Bridgewater will leave Louisville as arguably the best to wear the red and black, and leaves big shoes to fill for returning quarterbacks, redshirt freshman Will Gardner, freshman Kyle Bolin and junior Brett Nelson.

 

Using his personal twitter account Wednesday, Teddy Bridgewater messaged Will Gardner saying “Now it’s your turn! #DoWork”

 

The University’s football program will no doubt need Gardner or one of the other QB’ to step up as it enters its freshman season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

Teddy is projected to go first overall in the draft, and the Houston Texans have the first pick. The Texans made a deal with former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, and are looking to take a quarterback in the draft.

 

Bridgewater graduated from the University of Louisville early, earning a degree in Sports Administration in just three years.

 

“I didn’t know much about Louisville when I made the decision to attend,” Bridgewater said.  “But in the end, it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.”