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Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville defense dominate Miami to win Russell Athletic Bowl

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Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater hands Russell Athletic Bowl MVP award to his mother after beating Miami (USA Today …

If this was his last game in a Louisville uniform, Teddy Bridgewater ended his career with one of his best performances. The junior quarterback, who is considered one of the top prospects for the NFL draft but has yet to declare, threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals dominated Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 36-9, on Saturday.

Bridgewater, who also scored a touchdown on the ground, led the Cardinals to 554 total yards in a dominant performance. On the other side of the ball, the Louisville was also tremendous, holding the Hurricanes to just 174 total yards.

Things got off to a shaky start for Bridgewater as he was sacked in the end zone just five minutes into the game to give Miami a brief 2-0 lead. Louisville rebounded quickly from the safety with 22 straight points to end the half with three John Wallace field goals and Bridgewater touchdown passes to DeVante Parker and Michaelee Harris.

All the while, Louisville racked up three sacks, a fumble and limited Miami to just four first-half first downs.

The second half was more of the same from Louisville. With Cardinals defenders constantly in his face, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, who was limited to just 160 passing yards, never had a chance. Hurricane running backs Gus Edwards and Dallas Crawford were also held in check as they combined for just 73 yards on 23 attempts. Miami was also held to 0-for-11 on third down.

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Bridgewater didn't ease up late as he continued to pile on the yardage, throwing the ball when the game was firmly in hand with less than four minutes to go. Bridgewater, after surpassing his career high in passing yards, was taken out with under two minutes remaining and received a standing ovation from the crowd in his home state of Florida.

When asked of his draft intentions after the game, Bridgewater, who already has earned his degree from Louisville, appeared to tip his hand by saying “what a way to go out.”

The Cardinals, who will join Miami in the ACC next season, end the season with a 12-1 overall record. The loss dropped Miami to 9-4.

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