Cincinnati loses 34-31 in OT to No. 16 Louisville

Associated Press Published: October 27, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Cincinnati blew a second-half lead for the second straight week, and this one really hurt.

Munchie Legaux threw a costly interception in overtime, leading to John Wallace's winning 30-yard field goal in No. 16 Louisville's 34-31 victory over the Bearcats on Friday night.

Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 Big East) led 24-14 with 10:26 remaining in the third quarter, but needed a late touchdown pass by Legaux just to get to overtime.

"I thought they showed a lot of resiliency, especially on the road to come back and tie the score," Bearcats coach Butch Jones said. "They made one more play in overtime, and that was the difference in the game."

That one play was Terrell Floyd's first career interception on an underthrown ball by Legaux in the end zone. Louisville then ran the ball five straight times to set up Wallace's winning kick.

"You can't do that," Jones said of Legaux's last pass of the game. "Sometimes the best play is an overthrow."

Jones called timeout right before the field-goal attempt in overtime, and the high snap went through the holder's hands. Jones just shrugged and Wallace drilled the ball through the uprights to give Louisville the win.

"I was calm and cool," said Wallace, who was carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders. "I had a lot of confidence."

Louisville (8-0, 3-0) stopped a four-game slide in the series against Cincinnati and captured the Keg of Nails trophy that goes to the winner of the rivalry.

"We just hate losing to these dudes," said senior linebacker Greg Blair, who had 19 tackles for the Bearcats. "It's a Big East game and they are just down the road. I just hate losing to them."

Teddy Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for two terrific touchdowns after the Cardinals fell behind by 10 in the third.

Parker's tying 30-yard grab in the fourth was initially ruled incomplete. He juggled the ball near the back of the end zone but brought it in with one foot inbounds, and it was changed to a touchdown after a replay review.

"That was a big-time, big-time play right there," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said.

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