Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 11/30/12
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 touchdow...
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