Scores

Final

Louisville 34

(7-5, 4-2 away)

South Florida 24

(5-6, 3-3 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

11:00 AM ET, November 25, 2011

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
LOU 3 7 10 1434
USF 0 17 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bridgewater (LOU) - 241 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Brown (LOU) - 21 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Parker (LOU) - 3 REC, 42 YDS, 2 TD

Teddy Bridgewater throws three TDs as Louisville rallies

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Louisville got three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to defeat South Florida 34-24 Friday and clinch a share of the Big East championship.

Louisville (7-5, 5-2), which rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the first half, took the lead for good on Bridgewater's 10-yard pass to DeVante Parker with 9:38 remaining.

The Cardinals added to their lead on Dominique Brown's 9-yard touchdown run with 4:12 remaining.

Bridgewater finished 19 of 28 for 241 yards.

Louisville, which began the season 2-4 before winning five of its last six regular-season games, can capture the Big East's berth in a Bowl Championship Series game if Cincinnati loses once more and Friday night's winner between Pittsburgh and West Virginia loses next week.

South Florida (5-6, 1-5), which needs a victory in Thursday's regular-season finale against West Virginia to qualify for its seventh consecutive bowl appearance, played the entire game with sophomore quarterback Bobby Eveld, a former walk-on, because of a shoulder injury to starter B.J. Daniels. Eveld was 20 of 35 for 210 yards.

Louisville, which snapped a 16-game losing streak in regular-season games played in the state of Florida that dated to 1972, took a 20-17 lead with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter on Bridgewater's 18-yard pass to tight end Josh Chichester on third-and-11.

South Florida struck back quickly when Lindsey Lamar returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Eveld pitched to Demetris Murray, who stopped and flicked a left-handed 37-yard halfback-option pass to Deonte Welch, giving the Bulls a 24-20 advantage.

South Florida, largely capitalizing on Louisville mistakes, took a 17-10 lead into halftime.

The Bulls went ahead 7-3 on Eveld's 35-yard pass to Lamar on fourth-and-3. Initially, South Florida seemed prepared for a punt, then shifted its offensive players onto the field. Eveld found a wide-open Lamar, who drifted behind safety Hakeem Smith down the left sideline.

South Florida stalled on its next drive, but on fourth-and-17 from the Bulls' 37-yard line, Louisville's Mike Evans roughed punter Justin Brockhaus Kann, providing new life. Maikon Bonani completed the nine-play, 34-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal.

Louisville, looking for the equalizer, got a 19-yard pass from Bridgewater to running back Jarel McGriff-Culver to the South Florida 41, but strong safety Jon Lejiste rammed the ball loose after a jarring hit and recovered the fumble.

South Florida then mounted a 13-play, 59-yard drive, culminating in Murray's 1-yard run on third-and-goal to provide a 17-3 advantage with 35 seconds remaining in the half. On fourth-and-1 from the Louisville 35, wide receiver Victor Marc took a snap at quarterback and rushed for 4 yards.

Trying to prevent a last-second score, South Florida squibbed the kickoff, but Senorise Perry still rumbled for a 49-yard return before being pushed out of bounds at the Bulls' 25-yard line. Two plays later, Bridgewater found Parker for an 18-yard score in the back of the end zone, cutting South Florida's advantage to 17-10.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LOU
USF
1st Downs1616
Total Yards373311
Passing241247
Rushing13264
Penalties3-253-18
3rd Down Conversions9-184-15
4th Down Conversions1-23-4
Turnovers13
Possession35:4024:20

Passing Leaders

LouisvilleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgewater19/282418.630
South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Eveld20/352106.011

Rushing Leaders

LouisvilleCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown21693.3116
Anderson10363.609
South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott16543.409
Marc2105.006

Receiving Leaders

LouisvilleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers48421.0030
Parker34214.0217
South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Welch46215.5137
Murray44411.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLOUUSF
FG00:42Chris Philpott 30 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERLOUUSF
TD13:30Lindsey Lamar 35 Yd Pass From Bobby Eveld (Maikon Bonani Kick) 37
FG07:15Maikon Bonani 40 Yd 310
TD00:35Demetris Murray 1 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick) 317
TD00:13DeVante Parker 17 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick) 1017
THIRD QUARTERLOUUSF
FG08:49Chris Philpott 31 Yd 1317
TD02:40Josh Chichester 18 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick) 2017
TD02:21Deonte Welch 37 Yd Pass From Demetris Murray (Maikon Bonani Kick) 2024
FOURTH QUARTERLOUUSF
TD09:38DeVante Parker 11 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick) 2724
TD04:12Dominique Brown 9 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick) 3424