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Sep 1, 2013

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The Ohio University football team opened the 2013 season with a loss at No. 9 Louisville on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Cardinals by a final score of 49-7. Ohio’s loss marked the first time the Bobcats have been beaten in a season opener since 2009.

Louisville’s Heisman candidate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a strong afternoon, completing 23 of 28 passes for 355 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Cardinals (1-0) also boasted a solid rushing attack which was led by Senoris Perry (13 carries, 58 yards) and Michael Dyer (four carries, 48 yards, one touchdown).

Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) ended the day completing 11 of 23 passes for 140 yards. Teammate Beau Blankenship carried the ball 12 times for 22 yards while Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) carried seven times for 39 yards and one touchdown.

No. 9 Louisville (1-0) got off to a solid start on its opening possession, picking up two quick first downs before scoring on a 34-yard pass from Bridgewater to Damian Copeland. The Louisville quarterback went 6-6 on his first drive, throwing for 77 yards through the air to give the Cardinals an early 7-0 advantage at the 11:13 mark of the first quarter.

Bridgewater and Copeland hooked up again on the next Louisville drive, scoring on a 19-yard pass to the front corner of the endzone. The scoring play capped a 5-play, 55-yard drive which spanned 3:12 and gave the Cardinals a 14-0 advantage with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter.

Ohio (0-1) had difficulty moving the chains on its first two drives, as the Bobcats’ first six offensive plays yielded 11 total yards and no first downs.

Louisville kept up its strong offensive play to open the second quarter, completing an 11-play, 86-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater to DeVante Parker. The ensuing PAT gave the Cardinals a 21-0 advantage with 13:32 to play in the first half.

The Bobcats pieced together their best drive of the first half during the middle stages of the second quarter, marching 58 yards on 11 plays to set up a 31-yard field goal attempt. The attempt was pulled wide to the left, however, keeping the Bobcats scoreless at the 7:10 mark of the second quarter.

Bridgewater found teammate Kai DeLacruz for a 40-yard touchdown strike with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter to close out the scoring in the first half. The Louisville quarterback finished the half with 16 completions on 20 attempts for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

The Cardinals expanded their lead to 42-0 in the third quarter courtesy of a 46-yard rush by Dyer and a 25-yard pass from Bridgewater to Robert Clark. Backup quarterback Will Gardner then found DeLacruz for a 30-yard touchdown pass at the 12:11 mark of the fourth quarter.

Ohio put its first points on the board at the very end of the third quarter when Boykin ran for 10 yards up the middle of the field to score. His 10-yard dash capped a five-play, 58-yard drive for the ‘Cats which spanned 81 seconds.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Saturday, Sept. 7 at home against North Texas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Peden Stadium.