Teddy Bridgewater was simply dominant Saturday afternoon against the South Florida Bulls, as the current top quarterback prospect ended the game with only four incompletions despite throwing the ball a total of 29 times. Bridgewater looked comfortable throwing the ball at all levels of the field against the Bulls, and was even able to find quite a few wide open receivers on the day.
It was expected that Bridgewater would dominate against the previously 2-4 Bulls, but it was Louisville Cardinals running back Senorise Perry who failed to impress on the day, even though heading into the game he was the premier back and averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Instead it was the junior Dominique Brown, who has primarily been Perry’s back-up, who shone and carried the Cardinals’ ground attack. Brown finished the game with 125 rushing yards on 18 carries and made a bid to a higher percentage of carries going forward.
Although it was the offense that lead the attack for the Cardinals on Saturday, the Louisville defense performed quite well, as they limited the Bulls to just 133 total yards and only three points. The Bulls ended up playing both Bobby Eveld and Steven Bench at quarterback because of an early injury to Eveld, which turned out to be the early nail in the coffin for the Bulls. After Eveld exited the game in the first quarter, Bench completed just 30 percent of his passes and threw for 68 yards on the day, thus giving Eveld the upper hand in their season-long quarterback battle.
Louisville responded nicely this week after losing to the University of Central Florida Knights last week, but they must win the rest of their games if they hope to take the conference championship and advance to a BCS bowll with the way Bridgewater played today, their odds of doing so are fairly high. Although Perry struggled to get going on Saturday, the Cardinals have three big time running backs on their roster, meaning that they will head into their next game against the Connecticut Huskies with one of the most complete offenses in the nation.