'Canes endure 36-9 Russell Bowl rout by Louisville

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Miami spent the last two bowl seasons watching from home, waiting for the day when it could begin trying to climb back to prominence.

After being pounded in the Russell Athletic Bowl by future Atlantic Coast Conference foe Louisville, it's clear that rebuilding process is not yet complete.

Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to help No. 18 Louisville rout the Hurricanes 36-9 on Saturday night.

Miami coach Al Golden said despite the setback, the Hurricanes aren't going to stray too far from the foundation they've been trying to build.

"We got beat in all three phases. There's no excuses," Golden said. "I'm going to evaluate the whole program, just like I do every year. It's not going to be any different. ... We're going to keep moving it forward. We're going to be resolute in that and we're not going to flinch with that."

The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to Miami's 174.

Miami, playing in its first bowl game since 2010, hasn't had a bowl victory since 2006, losing four straight. The Hurricanes were returning to the postseason following a two-year, self-imposed ban during an NCAA investigation.

They got on the scoreboard first with the safety. But it was one of their few highlights.

The Hurricanes also were held under 10 points in a bowl game for the first time since the 2005 Peach Bowl, a 40-3 loss to LSU.

"Obviously, it wasn't the performance I wanted to have being my last game, but I give credit to Louisville," said quarterback Stephen Morris, who was 12 for 27 for 160 yards. "They had a great defensive plan going. They were in the right spots at the right time."

With Cardinals' fans chanting "Teddy! Teddy!" at times throughout the game, Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this summer, set a school season record with 31 touchdown passes. The Miami native also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville's starter.

"It meant a lot because not only because I and so many other guys going against our hometown school, but we were going against a quality opponent," he said. "That's what we've been waiting for all year...That's why you play the game, to compete."

He was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards.



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