Cincinnati 25, Louisville 16
Isaiah Pead made two quick cutbacks and ran 50 yard for the
go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday, rallying
Cincinnati to a 25-16 victory over Louisville in the Big East
opener for both teams.
Cincinnati (5-1) got its first victory in three games at the
stadium of the NFL’s Bengals. The Bearcats overcame four fumbles,
which they all recovered, and a costly interception thrown by Zach
Collaros. Mike Evans returned an interception 63 yards for a
touchdown to give Cincinnati a 16-7 lead with 6 seconds left in the
Collaros ran 1 yard for a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal, and
Pead scored for the sixth straight game, sending Louisville (2-4)
to its third straight loss. Pead had 151 yards on 20 carries
against the Big East’s top defense.
Louisville’s offense struggled again, managing only three field
goals despite trying two quarterbacks.
The game drew 40,971 fans – 171 fewer than the Bengals had for
their last home game.
Louisville came in with the Big East’s top defense, allowing no
more than 24 points in any game. The problem: Louisville hadn’t
scored more than 24 in any game, either.
The Cardinals stalled in the last two games after quarterback
Will Stein went down with a shoulder injury. Freshman Teddy
Bridgewater took over and led them to only 20 points in two losses.
Plus, running back Victor Anderson missed a second straight game
Saturday with a sprained ankle.
That wasn’t all. Chris Philpott had made only 2 of 5 field goal
attempts this season, missing two during a 14-7 loss to North
Carolina a week earlier.
Philpott made field goals of 42, 51 and 18 yards on a blustery
afternoon, putting the Cardinals up 9-7 late in the half. The last
field goal was set up by Bridgewater’s perfect throw down the
sideline to Eli Rogers for a 58-yard gain.
The Cardinals then got their first defensive touchdown of the
season when the interception return made it 16-7 at halftime.
Collaros shook it off and led the Bearcats back.
He made a gamble pay off in the third quarter. The Bearcats went
for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and Collaros took it in off a
draw play, cutting the lead to 16-14.
Louisville self-destructed, piling up two false starts, an
illegal formation and a holding penalty on one series that set up a
third-and-38 and led to a punt. Two plays later, Pead was off on
his decisive 50-yard touchdown run. Collaros completed a pass for
the 2-point conversion.
Bridgewater finished 17 of 28 for 195 yards with an interception
and four sacks. His fourth-and-3 pass at midfield fell incomplete
with 3:05 left, ending Louisville’s last chance to catch up. Pead
had runs of 21 and 12 yards, setting up the clinching field goal
with 1:21 to go.