EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The 20th-ranked University of Louisville team topped the University of Connecticut football team by a 31-10 score on Friday night before a crowd of 27,104 at Rentschler Field. Louisville improves to 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in American Atheltic Conference plays while UConn is 0-8 and 0-4 in the league.
Freshman quarterback Tim Boyle (Middlefield, Conn.) threw three interceptions for Connecticut and was limited to just 113 yards of passing. Louisville had 369 yards in offense and held the Huskies to 237.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came into the game completing almost 74 percent of his passes. He might have been close to that Friday, but was victimized by numerous drops, as his receivers seemed to struggle catching a hard ball with the temperature hovering in the 30s.
Bridgewater threw just his third interception of the season in the third quarter when UConn redshirt sophomore Andrew Adams (Fayetteville, Ga.) stepped in front of a pass. UL cornerback Terell Floyd got that back on the next play, intercepting Boyle's pass and taking the ball back 17 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. It was the first of two picks for Floyd.
Cardinals cornerback Charles Gaines, who had an interception for a touchdown against USF, also scored. He blocked a punt after a muffed snap, scooped it up and ran 7 yards to open the scoring. The Cardinals have outscored opponents 75-6 in the opening 15 minutes of games this season. Gaines added a second-quarter interception.
Bridgewater led two second-quarter scoring drives. The first went 64 yards, with the junior hitting all four of his passes, including a 28-yard score to DeVante Parker, who found himself wide open over the middle. The second, a 56-yarder, took just six plays. It opened with a 35-yard pass to tight end Gerald Christian, and ended with Senorise Perry's five-yard sweep around the right side. That gave the Cardinals a 21-3 lead at the half.
UConn took the game's opening drive inside the Louisville 10 before a fumble. The Huskies also had a 14-play first-half drive, which ended in a 35-yard field goal with 14:54 left in the first half.
But the Cardinals held them to 58 yards rushing. Louisville running back Dominique Brown, who ran for 125 yards on just 18 carries in his first career start two weeks ago, had only 29 yards against UConn. Perry added 27 and Bridgewater had 21.
UConn returns to action next Saturday when its travels to SMU for a 3:00 p.m. Eastern game on ESPN3 and the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.