Louisville held the ball for over seven minutes in the 4th quarter and scored on a short touchdown run to seal a 38-35 win in Morgantown. The loss drops the Mountaineers to 6-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big East Conference with Cincinnati next, a team averaging 41 ppg.
UofL dominated the special teams phase and Teddy Bridgewater looked like a senior. The Louisville signal caller was 21 of 27 for 247 yards with 1 TD. He also had 1 INT. Dominique Brown led the rushing attack with 69 yards rushing and 1 TD.
Louisville scored before the half to tie the game at 21, then took a 3 point lead coming out of the half. WVU drove back down the field and came away with nothing on a missed field goal. WVU would later have one blocked, and returned for a touchdown.
The Mountaineer defense couldn’t get off the field, and inconsistent play continued.
The win moves Louisville to 5-4, and 3-1 in the Big East.
Geno Smith had a quiet, yet solid day. Smith was 31 of 44 for 410 yards and 3 TD. He led the team back down the field to cut it to 38-35, but the onside wasn’t recovered.
Dustin Garrison led the rushing attack with 64 yards on the ground. Shawne Alston added 45 yards and 2 TD.
Stedmen Bailey once again led the Mountaineer receivers with 118 yards and 2 TD on 8 catches. Bailey made a sick catch during the final drive that left people asking, “Did he catch that?” Keep in mind Bailey is only a Sophomore. Tavon Austin added 90 yards receiving and 1 TD.
Senior linebacker Najee Goode added a interception and nice return inside the UofL 5, but was called back for a block in the back.
Special teams killed the Mountaineers today. Kicker Tyler Bitancurt was 0/2 on field goals, and punter Michael Molinari averaged 20.7 yards a punt.
Tavon Austin had 161 yards in the return game and Brad Starks added 62 on the opening kickoff.
WVU returns to action next weekend at Cincinnati. The time will be set later by ESPN.
Game stats WVU UofL
First Downs 28 15
Total Yards 533 351
Penalties 5-30 3-25
Turnovers 2 1
T.O.P 29:14 30:46