WILD THIRD QUARTER: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a tendency to put teams away early — Friday was the fourth time this year he’s thrown for 200 or more yards in the first half — but Louisville built a big lead with two quick scores early in the second half. Shortly after Dominique Brown’s 20-yard touchdown run, the Cardinals’ James Quick picked up a fumble and went 30 yards for a score to make it a 28-7 Louisville lead with 8:41 left in the third. UCF responded with 21 points in a little more than three minutes to tie it going into the fourth.
TURNOVER WOES: Three of Louisville’s first four touchdowns came off turnovers, but it was when the Cardinals gave up the ball in the third quarter that made it interesting. Senorise Perry fumbled deep in Cardinals territory to set up a one-play touchdown drive for the Knights.
BLAKE WAS ONE BETTER: Bridgewater might have had a Heisman moment in what might have been a game-winning drive for Louisville if not for his Central Florida counterpart Blake Bortles stealing the show. Bortles led the Knights on an 11-play, 75 yard drive in the closing minutes, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to give UCF the biggest victory in program history.