Louisville struggled all day on offense, and lost to Marshall 17-13. It was the second home loss to a non-AQ team this season, after losing to FIU in September.
Both had their own indignities. The FIU win was its first against a team from an automatic qualifying conference. Marshall now wins its first road game against an AQ team since it joined C-USA. Yup, the Herd were 0-18 before Saturday -- and had lost to Ohio 44-7 earlier in the season.
Teddy Bridgewater got the start in place of an injured Will Stein, but he struggled with consistency all game. Despite that, Louisville led 13-7 until late in the fourth quarter. Then two Bridgewater mistakes doomed the Cardinals. He threw his first interception of the game with 4:32 left.
Marshall converted that into the go-ahead score, a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rakeem Cato to C.J. Crawford with 1:49 remaining. Louisville got one last chance, but Bridgewater threw his second interception and sealed the game.
The Louisville special teams also did not have a great game -- Chris Philpott missed an extra point and a field goal in the game. Once again, the Cardinals struggled up front on the offensive line and in the running game, getting just 60 yards on the ground.