Instant Replay: Louisville 30, Temple 7

Instant Replay: Louisville 30, Temple 7
October 5, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Gerald Christian's first-quarter touchdown catch gave Louisville an early lead. (USA Today Images)

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Temple was completely overmatched in a 30-7 loss to No. 7 Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
 
The Owls (0-5, 0-2 AAC) were carved up throughout the day by Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater, who accounted for 348 yards through the air and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ (5-0, 1-0) victory.
 
Temple is 0-5 for the first time since 2007.
 
Turning point
Temple never really gave Louisville a scare, but any chance the Owls had of making it a game was squandered in the second quarter.
 
Down 17-0 with 10:36 remaining in the half, the Owls replaced ineffective quarterback Connor Reilly with P.J. Walker. Walker immediately gave TU a spark, as he ran a solid hurry-up attack. The Owls peeled off an 11-play, 72-yard drive before stalling out in the red zone.
 
That’s when Temple’s issues in the kicking game showed up again. Nick Visco’s 23-yard field goal attempt was blocked by the Cardinals.
 
After a 13-yard gain on the ground by Senorise Perry, Bridgewater completed six straight passes that included a 15-yard touchdown to wide receiver Eli Rogers to put the rout in effect.
 
Big man on campus
Bridgewater was as advertised. The junior quarterback faced little resistance from Temple’s 120th-ranked defense as he did whatever he wanted on the field.
 
Bridgewater completed 25 of 35 passes for 348 yards and a pair of TDs. The NFL prospect connected with 11 different receivers in the win.
 
For Temple, Walker played decent in relief of Reilly. He completed 10 of 19 attempts for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The freshman also finished with 30 yards on the ground.
 
Numbers game
• Temple was nearly held scoreless before breaking through with a fourth-quarter TD pass. The Owls haven't been shut out since a 31-0 loss to Penn State on Nov. 10, 2007.

• Temple’s Tyler Matakevich fell short of his normal dominance so far this season, but the linebacker was again all over the field. The sophomore finished the game tied with a team-high seven tackles. He came into Saturday with at least 10 in each game and leading the nation with 15.0 tackles per contest.

• Louisville punted twice in the game (one was blocked) and was 7 for 12 on third down.

• Louisville dominated the yardage totals. The Cardinals racked up 525 total yards (177 rushing, 348 passing). Temple had 255 total yards in the game (48 rushing, 207 passing).

• The Cardinals only allowed allowed only one TD in the game, but their points per game allowed still increased. Louisville came into Saturday giving up just 6.8 points per game.

History
With Saturday’s victory, Louisville took a 4-3 edge in the all-time series between the programs that dates back to 1980.
 
Temple has just two wins over ranked opponents in the school’s history -- 28-24 over No. 14 Virginia Tech on Oct. 17, 1998 and 24-21 over No. 16 Pittsburgh on Sept. 19, 1987.

Scout’s honor
Several NFL scouts were on hand to see Bridgewater, including the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who recently released former starting quarterback Josh Freeman.
 
What’s next?
Both teams have short turnarounds for their next games. Temple gets back to action in a primetime matchup at Cincinnati on Friday (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
 
Louisville returns home to face Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

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