LOUISVILLE – My look at some of the best and worst performances from Louisville's 45-17 victory Temple on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Player of the game: Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is the third consecutive opposing quarterback to torch Temple. The sophomore completed 19 of 28 passes for 324 yards and a career-best five touchdowns passes before being replaced early in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater compiled 228 of those yards and three of his touchdowns in the first half. His highlight was a 72-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Ryan Hubbell in the first quarter.
Worst performance of the game: Temple quarterback Chris Coyer gets this award for the second time in three games. The redshirt junior lost three fumbles that led to 17 points for the Cardinals. He completed 2 of 8 passes for 20 yards. His final seven pass attempts were incomplete. Coyer was benched after committing his final turnover with 1 minute, 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to Temple middle linebacker Nate D. Smith. The redshirt freshman finished with a game-high two sacks that totaled 24 yards in losses. In all, the 6-foot, 230-pounder record nine tackles.