Louisville survives FIU challenge
September, 22, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
For the second straight week, Louisville faced a huge challenge.
And for the second straight week, the No. 20 Cardinals survived a squeaker. This time around, they were able to hold off pesky FIU 28-21 on a rainy night in Miami to move to 4-0 for the first time since its Orange Bowl season of 2006. It was not really an ideal game. Louisville showed lapses on defense, the way it has in its first two games, and did not find much consistency out of its offense.
But you know everybody in Louisville is happy to take the victory, particularly since FIU beat this team last year.
Teddy Bridgewater threw his first two interceptions the season and had his roughest outing to date, going 19-of-36 for 194 yards with two touchdowns as well. He added another rushing score.
Bridgewater went into the game completing 81 percent of his passes, but he was tested by an FIU defense that came to play. It didn't help that the run game wasn't as productive as it has been in other games this year, as Louisville had a total of 129 yards on the ground.
FIU actually led 14-7 -- the first time Louisville trailed all season -- until the Cardinals tied the game up at 14 just before halftime. Once FIU lost its starting quarterback, the Cardinals were able to build a bigger lead and went up 28-14. But the Panthers just wouldn't quit. They capitalized on Bridgewater's second interception of the game and closed the gap to 28-21 with 4:53 remaining.
After holding Louisville to a three-and-out, FIU decided to attack on the ensuing punt and ended up with a roughing the kicker penalty. That gave Louisville a second chance to close out the game, and the Cardinals did.