No. 8 Louisville led by three touchdowns midway through the third quarter. The Cardinals looked poised to move another step closer to a conference title and a possible undefeated season.
It all fell apart in a hurry for Teddy Bridgewater and Co.
Louisville's defense struggled in the second half and Central Florida scored 24 straight points during an impressive rally Friday night, leading to a 38-35 victory that ended the Cardinals' perfect start.
''We had our opportunities and we just didn't finish it,'' Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. ''That was the first time we played bad on defense.''
The timing couldn't have been worse.
Louisville (6-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) entered Friday's game with the nation's top scoring defense, allowing 7.3 points per game. Down 28-7 midway through the third quarter, the Knights (5-1, 2-0) responded with three touchdowns in a 7:22 span.
Louisville trailed for the first time this season after Shawn Moffitt hit a 34-yard field goal ...