(NEW ORLEANS) — Louisville scored on the first offensive play of the game when cornerback Terell Floyd intercepted Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel’s pass and ran it back 38-yards for a touchdown, as (21) Louisville upset (3) Florida 33-23, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Louisville (11-2) took a 24-3 lead near the end of the second quarter when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Gators responded when freshman running back Matt Jones ran in a one-yard score with 10 seconds left in the half, making it 24-10.
The Gators opened the second half trying for an onside kick, but failed to convert. The very next play, Bridgewater found Damien Copeland for a 19-yard touchdown extending the Cardinals lead.
Florida (11-2) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it was too late.
Teddy Bridgewater finished the game completing 20 of his 32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He was named MVP. He talked about how the Louisville offense was able to exploit the nation’s third ranked scoring defense.
“We just saw film and a lot of quarterbacks that the University of Florida faced didn’t take what the defense gave them,” Bridgewater said after accepting the MVP. “We saw quarterbacks forcing throws and things like that. (Offensive coordinator) Coach (Shawn) Watson called up a great game plan and we just executed it today.”
Louisville is the only team this season to score 30 against Florida.
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