The Louisville Cardinals suffered a hearbreaking 38-35 loss to Central Florida on Friday night, one that no doubt ruined any chances they had of making it to the BCS National Championship. However, Teddy Bridgewater still had a solid game, and this loss doesn’t ruin his chances of making it to New York and winning the Heisman Trophy.
Here are the facts: Bridgewater completed 29-of-38 pass attempts for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Neither of the Louisville turnovers were his fault, as they came after a completed pass and on a rush attempt. On the season, Bridgewater has completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns, while only throwing two interceptions.
Let’s face it, sometimes quarterbacks do everything within their power to win a game, and the team around them lets them down.
Louisville’s defense gave up 446 yards of offense to UCF Friday night, including allowing a 75-yard touchdown drive with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
It’s unfair to Bridgewater to scrap his Heisman hopes simply because his team let him down.
Also, let’s not pretend that a team needs to go undefeated for a player to win a Heisman. Johnny Manziel‘s Texas A&M team lost two games last season. The year before that, Baylor lost three games and still saw Robert Griffin III win the statue. In fact, going back to 2006, only two teams that had a Heisman winner went undefeated (Auburn in 2010, Alabama in 2009), and only one other won lost only a single game (Ohio State in 2006).
So, don’t discount Bridgewater for Heisman simply because his team lost a game. There’s plenty of time for him to bring home the hardware.