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College football: Louisville dominates Kentucky in opener

Published September 2, 2012 10:05 pm

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Louisville, Ky. • Jeremy Wright rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater passed for 232, helping No. 25 Louisville start the season strong with a 32-14 victory against rival Kentucky on Sunday.

The Cardinals marched 99, 85 and 93 yards on their first three scoring drives and scored on five of their first seven overall. After a promising start including a TD drive that brought them within 8-7, the Wildcats could not match Louisville's offensive intensity.

"I do not know if I expected the offense to perform as well as they did," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said after his team outgained Kentucky 466-373. "A lot of the time you just don't know how well guys will play together and get in sync. They were able to get in sync, stay in sync and move the ball up and down the field."

Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes, but his first two completions for 40 yards opened things up for Wright, who rushed for 30 yards on that drive and capped it with the first of two 1-yard scores. He added a 14-yard TD. Senorise Perry had a 47-yard TD run and 108 yards.

Kentucky's Maxwell Smith completed 35 of 50 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns.