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The building of a football tradition requires surviving games in which such things as self-respect, prestige and honor are on the line.
Louisville’s 26-20 overtime win in 2002 against a highly-ranked Florida State team was such a game.
The 44-40 victory over 10th-ranked Boise State in the 2004 Liberty Bowl was another.
The Blackout Night game in 2006, the 44-40 win against third-ranked West Virginia was a classic, as was UofL’s 40-34 overtime win over Kentucky in 2000.
The drama and energy surrounding such games permeate the senses, locking themselves into one’s memory for instant recall for savoring over and over. But few of them held the uncertainty and drama of Thursday’s 20-17 win over Rutgers.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, hindered by a broken wrist and a sprained ankles, on the sidelines with a conference championship and a BCS bowl bid on the line. Coming off two humiliating losses in a row after nine consecutive wins.
Louisville stunned with with an 85-yard touchdown on Rutgers’ first play from scrimmage. Then again on a 68-yarder in the second quarter, limping to the locker room behind 14-3 at the half.
Will Stein, believing everything that had been said about him the last two weeks, struggling to run the offense, forced to throw sideways to get anything, managing a non-productive offense. No semblance of consistency or optimism in reach.
Coach Charlie Strong forced to call on the hobbling Bridgewater, playing with one hand, one good leg, but playing more ably than most quarterbacks could ever aspire. Somehow completing 20 of 28 passes for 283 yards.
His offensive line, the one that couldn’t protect him against UConn, giving up only a couple of crushing sacks this time around, Bridgewater slowing pulling himself up, giving his teammates the heart that seemed to have been missing most of the season despite all the wins.
The young guys on defense, watching the offense struggle, starting to come around the past two games, getting emotional, gaining maturity, realizing all those early wins may have come too easily, learning how to earn and appreciate what it really takes to win.
All of this occurring in the shadow of the red-lighted Empire State Building, reminding observers of a heartbreaking overtime loss in 2006 that robbed that team of a chance for a shot at the biggest game of them all.
Just another BCS game at stake this time around, but any BCS game is to be treasured. The tale of what it took for Bridgewater to make that happen is a story that will be retold time and time again … a legendary tale about a football hero who ingrained himself UofL football lore on an unbelievable night in late November.
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Teddy Bridgewater had a brace on his arm and a protective boot on his foot after the game. He said that while he was playing, the sore ankle hurt more than the broken wrist.
Louisville's star sophomore quarterback didn't know how much he would play against Rutgers and wasn't well enough to start. When it became apparent that the Cardinals couldn't beat Rutgers without...
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came into Thursday night's season finale against Rutgers with one good arm, one good leg, a conference championship on the line and no idea if he was even going to be able to play.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, their sophomore leader willed himself onto the field against the Scarlet Knights in the de facto Big East championship game...
Louisville will start Will Stein at quarterback, but injured starter Teddy Bridgewater is expected to play against Rutgers.
Bridgewater is nursing a broken left wrist and sprained right ankle from last week's loss to Connecticut. He warmed up before Thursday night's game. He was wearing a long-sleeved white undershirt and no cast could be seen on his broken arm.
University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a broken left wrist but will play in Thursday night’s Big East Conference title deciding game at Rutgers. He’ll have a cast on his left wrist, so how will that change the offense? Cardinal Authority talks to offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and others.
Banged-up Teddy Bridgewater came off the bench to throw two-second half touchdown passes, and John Wallace kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:41 left to send Louisville to the BCS with a 20-17 victory against Rutgers on Thursday night.
In a game between one team headed to the Big Ten and another bound for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East handed out its second-to-last...
Louisville scored two touchdowns in a span of 16 seconds and Teddy Bridgewater played one for the ages as the Cardinals defeated Rutgers 20-17 for a share of the Big East championship and a likely spot in a BCS bowl game.
Teddy Bridgewater did not enter the game for Louisville until the start of the second quarter, but it was worth the wait for the Cardinals. The...
A banged-up Teddy Bridgewater led the University of Louisville to a BCS Bowl bid with a gutty 20-17 victory over Rutgers on Thursday night. John Wallace kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:41 left for the win.
A suspended moment in time for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with offensive coordinator Shawn Watson moments after the University of Louisville’s magical 20-17 win over Rutgers.
Click here to view the video on YouTube.
Thursday night the University of Louisville Cardinals will travel east to meet the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights. While the game is getting secondary status versus the NFL match-up, this game may prove to be the most exciting of the night. This game plays two Big East opponents looking to exit the Big East in style. If the Scarlet Knights win they will be the outright...
It really doesn’t get much better than that. The past 48 hours have been pretty awesome for Louisville fans. Despite an injured quarterback and false rumors of their coach interviewing for another job, this Louisville team battled for a 20-17 win over Rutgers, claiming the Big East title.
The odds were stacked against the Cards tonight, but a 14 point third quarter changed everything...
Rutgers had its first outright Big East title and a Bowl Championship Series bid in its hands and let it get away.
Instead of a celebration, there was only pain and disbelief at the birthplace of college football after Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes despite ankle and wrist injuries and Louisville rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to a 20-17 victory on John...
It's been an eventful couple of days in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wednesday the Cardinals accepted an invitation to the ACC. The next day Louisville wins the Big East Conference championship defeating Rutgers 20-17.
Here's a game report including sound with Teddy Bridewater from WDRB-TV.
WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community
No. 23 Louisville at No. 25 Rutgers
Thursday, 7:30pm EST on ESPN
Line: Rutgers -3
Well, the BCS could become massively screwed up or we could see the Big East champion actually make it to the Orange Bowl, the choice comes down to what happens tonight between Louisville and Rutgers. If you are in favor of a non-messy BCS situation then it's to your benefit to be rooting...
Louisville (9-2, 4-2 BE) vs. Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 BE)
High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Thursday, November 29th, 7:30 PM on ESPN
Yeah...yeah...we know the Big East doesn't have a championship game, but they have an uncanny ability to schedule games for the last week of the season that directly determine who represents the league in the BCS. This year is no...