COL FB: Louisville 31, Connecticut 10

Nov. 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A touchdown throw from Teddy Bridgewater along with scores on defense and special teams Friday sent No. 16 Louisville sailing past Connecticut 31-10.

The Cardinals improved to 8-1 and kept alive their hopes for a BCS bowl game.

Their lone loss this year came against Central Florida, which joins Houston as the only teams without a league loss in the American Athletic Conference. Louisville is 4-1 in league action.

A win for Louisville over Houston next week could bring about a three-way tie for the conference title.

Birdgewater completed 21-of-37 passes for 288 yards and his 28-yard touchdown throw to DeVante Parker in the second quarter gave Louisville a 14-3 lead.

The Cardinals opened the scoring when Charles Gaines ran a blocked punt back 7 yards for a touchdown with 6:23 left in the first period. They also produced a defensive touchdown on Terell Floyd's 17-yard interception return in the third period.

Connecticut quarterback Tim Boyle went 14-of-29 for 113 yards and threw three interceptions.

The Huskies remained winless in its eight games this season and is 0-4 in conference play.

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