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November 6, 2011 by staff
Teddy Bridgewater threw for one touchdown, Andrew Johnson returned a blocked field goal for another score and Louisville shocked No. 24 West Virginia 38-35 Saturday.
Not expected to be a factor in the Big East, the surprising Cardinals (5-4, 3-1) used their highest scoring output of the season behind their freshman quarterback to win their third straight and deal a severe blow to West Virginia’s title chances.
”I was not surprised at all to come into this venue and for us to go and play well,” said Louisville coach Charlie Strong. ”We knew we had to play well. We didn’t come here to lose or to play it tight. We came in here to win. We have overcome adversity all year long.”
In the visitors’ locker room, the entire Louisville team was heard singing John Denver’s ”Country Roads” – West Virginia’s unofficial theme song.
Louisville also got a payback of sorts after being overlooked in the recent Big 12 expansion sweepstakes, a bid that went to the Mountaineers.
”Our team wasn’t thinking about that,” Strong said. ”We were just thinking about going on the road and winning a game.”
And keeping up in a tight conference race.
Louisville had entered the weekend in a three-way tie for second place behind Cincinnati, which played at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The Cardinals, who fell at Cincinnati during a three-game losing streak in October, still have some work left with a home game against Pitt and at Connecticut and South Florida.
Geno Smith threw for 410 yards and three scores but couldn’t bring the Mountaineers (6-3, 2-2) back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.
”We’re definitely not doing what it takes to win,” Smith said.
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