LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes and Michael Dyer had a 46-yard touchdown run as No. 9 Louisville defeated Ohio 49-7 on Sunday.
Coming off an 11-2 finish and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, Bridgewater and the Cardinals (1-0) dominated. Bridgewater kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign by going 23 of 28 for 355 yards.
He studies the game and studies the receivers and he does a great job of checking and taking what the defense gives him, Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. It was just fun to watch Teddy. It’s just amazing how he keeps getting better and better.
Dyer, the former Auburn star, debuted for Louisville, which outgained Ohio 615-273.
The Cardinals began with their highest preseason ranking in school history and are favored to win the new American Athletic Conference that would earn another BCS bowl bid.
Ohio’s hopes of following up last year’s season-opening upset of Penn State with another win over a BCS school were thoroughly dashed as the Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference found little to nothing against a fierce Cardinals defense.
Baer Field record set in mini stocks
Keith Barker set a track record of 18.803 seconds in the mini stocks at Baer Field Speedway, winning the 20-lap feature for the event. Other feature event winners were Al Cook Jr. (late models), Steve Minich Jr. (modifieds), Josh Perkins (street stocks), and Ryan Spillers (front wheel drive).
Defending Top Fuel champ sits in front
Defending Top Fuel season champion Antron Brown took the No. 1 spot in NHRA qualifying in the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Matt Hagan topped the Funny Car field, Mike Edwards was fastest in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana led the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Hagan and Edwards lead the season standings.
Teenager picks up Truck race victory
In Bowmanville, Ontario, Chase Elliott, son of former Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, wrecked Ty Dillon on the last lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Elliott, at 17 years, 9 months, 4 days, became the youngest winner in series history.
Georgia receiver out for season
Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Saturday’s loss at Clemson. Coach Mark Richt said Mitchell will have season-ending surgery. Mitchell, the leading returning receiver for the No. 5 Bulldogs, hurt his knee when jumping up to celebrate with a teammate after Todd Gurley’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. No. 8 Clemson beat Georgia 38-35.
Tech women set 36-hole record
The Indiana Tech women’s team set a school record with a 36-hole score of 631 to win the Illinois College Invitational in Jacksonville, Ill. Wiebke Schlender was medalist with a 148 total. Courtney Dye placed second with 154, and Tamina Roemer fourth with 160.
Trine places sixth in season opener
The Trine men’s team tied for sixth in its season opener at the Lou Collins Memorial Tournament at Olivet (Mich.) College. Nolan Eli led the Thunder, finishing 10th after a 74-74–148. Cody Knapp played unattached and finished seventh with a 74-69–146. His second-day 69 tied for the second-lowest round of the tournament.
In Oceanport, N.J., Miss Behaviour cruised to an 8 1/4 -length victory in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Sweet Reason romped to a six-length victory in the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
IPFW men unable to hold off Dayton
The IPFW men’s team (0-1-1) fell to Dayton 4-2 despite taking a 2-1 lead early in the second half and the Flyers playing a man down for most of the half. Jacob Murphy and Oscar Uyamadu scored for the Mastodons in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit. But Dayton scored three goals in the final 30 minutes.
Weight of fish wrong in caption
Because of an editor’s error, the weight of a fish in a photo on the Aug. 11 Recreation page was wrong. Blake Keene caught a 3-to-4-pound bass at Silver Lake in June.