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Orlando, Fla. • Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville's 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes' 174.
Bridgewater was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards.
Louisville won its second straight bowl game for its second 12-win season.
With Cardinals' fans chanting "Teddy! Teddy!" at times throughout the game Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this summer, set a school season record with 31 touchdown passes. The Miami native also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville's starter.
Miami, playing in its first bowl game since 2010, hasn't had a bowl victory since 2006, losing four straight. The Hurricanes were returning to the postseason following a two-year, self-imposed ban during an NCAA investigation.
They got on the scoreboard first with the safety. But was one of their few highlights.
A big second quarter by the Cardinals, punctuated by Bridgewater's two touchdown passes helped Louisville take a 22-2 lead.
The Cardinals settled for field goals early after struggling to convert on third downs inside Hurricanes' territory. That coincided with one of Bridgewater's top third-down targets receiver DeVante Parker going down on the Louisville's second series of the night with an ankle injury.
But those fortunes changed quickly when Parker returned in the second quarter after getting his ankle attended to by the training staff.
He immediately caught three passes on a seven-play, 80-yard drive, including a capping 26-yard touchdown reception. Parker finished with nine catches for 142 yards.
On Miami's next possession, quarterback Stephen Morris dropped back to pass and was stripped of the ball on second-and-goal on the 5. Louisville's Brandon Dunn recovered the ball to end the threat. No. 18 Louisville 36, Miami 9
Miami 2 0 0 7 9
Louisville 6 16 7 7 36
Mia • Safety, 11:51.
Lou • FG Wallace 36, 5:46.
Lou • FG Wallace 43, 1:38.
Lou • FG Wallace 42, 12:47.
Lou • Parker 26 pass from Bridgewater (Wallace kick), 7:10.
Lou • Harris 12 pass from Bridgewater (kick failed), :30.
Lou • Perry 24 pass from Bridgewater (Wallace kick), 8:11.
Lou • Bridgewater 1 run (Wallace kick), 12:19.
Mia • Edwards 2 run (Goudis kick), 10:23.
Attendance • 51,098.
First downs 14 28
Rushes-yards 28-14 31-107
Passing 160 447
Comp-Att-Int 12-27-0 35-45-0
Return Yards 0 0
Punts-Avg. 6-45.7 1-45.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 2-20 9-79
Time of Possession 21:28 38:32
Rushing • Miami, Edwards 12-38, D.Crawford 11-35, Morris 5-(minus 59). Louisville, Perry 6-46, Do.Brown 16-42, Bridgewater 6-24, Radcliff 1-1, Team 2-(minus 6).
Passing • Miami, Morris 12-27-0-160. Louisville,
Receiving • Miami, Walford 4-82, Coley 3-32, D.Crawford 3-22, Hurns 2-24. Louisville, Parker 9-142, Copeland 6-90, Perry 5-50, Harris 4-54, E.Rogers 3-38, Christian 2-25, Do.Brown 2-21, R.Clark 2-10, Quick 1-13, Atkins 1-4.