CRAWFORD | Cards crush Temple, but don't finish well
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Teddy Bridgewater show rolled on in Lincoln Financial Field Saturday, with not a few Philadelphians hoping it may return soon.
Bridgewater was surgical in the first half, completing 17 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns to stake U of L to a 24-0 lead on its way to a 30-7 victory over Temple.
Philadelphia, home to one of the nation's first "Tank for Teddy" NFL Draft campaigns, got a good look at Bridgewater at his best. He was 7 of 10 on third down. One of the incompletions was a drop, another came on a route mistake by the receiver. He hit nine different receivers in the first half, including DeVante Parker, who left the game with a right shoulder injury in the first half and did not return.
Coaches said they would update his status tomorrow. Charlie Strong told American Athletic Conference television that "We know it's a shoulder sprain," but that team doctors would evaluate him in Louisville to determine its severity.
Bridgewater finished the game 25 of 35 for 348 yards and two touchdowns. But he threw for only 120 yards without a touchdown in the second half, as the Cardinals failed to score a touchdown.
Otherwise, it wasn't an especially sharp effort for the Cardinals, who were outscored in the second half, 7-6.
The defense held Temple out of the end zone until its final drive, but the Owls were able to move the ball at times and as the game went on were able to apply more pressure to Bridgewater.
The Cardinals had to settle for three field goals after pushing inside the 10-yard line. And on their last possession, they had a punt blocked, resulting in a quick scoring drive for the Owls that deprived the Cardinals of their first back-to-back shutouts since 1972.
"We played well in the first half. The second half we didn't," Strong said in his postgame television interview. "We've got to finish the game. We were sloppy at times. We have to improve and get better. We had a lot of penalties. In the red zone you want to have touchdowns, not field goals, and on defense you want to avoid the big plays."
Seniorise Perry ran for 82 yards on 10 carries for the Cards, and Dominique Brown had 74 yards. U of L outgained Temple 562 to 255, but the Cardinals come home with plenty of questions to answer and some concerns to address -- including the availability of Parker -- with a big game at home against Rutgers Thursday night.
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