Football Drops Nailbiter to Cardinals

Oct. 26, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift No. 16 Louisville to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night.

George Winn ran for 125 yards on 27 carries, while Ralph Abernathy found the end zone twice on the ground. The Bearcats forced overtime when Damon Julian caught a 26 yard touchdown pass From Munchie Legaux 1:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for two touchdowns after the Cardinals (8-0, 3-0 Big East) fell behind 24-14 with 10:26 left in the third quarter. Parker would end up giving the Cardinals a late lead in regulation lead with a 64-yard catch-and-run with 1:56 remaining.

Louisville 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. The Bearcats were intercepted on their overtime drive.

"We never got down," said Legaux, who threw for 157 yards. "I wanted to execute and make a play. The cornerback did a great job of breaking on the ball. That's one of the plays you wish you could have back."

Louisville grabbed a 7-3 lead on Jeremy Wright's 1-yard plunge but Cincinnati bounced back with Abernathy's first scoring run and Legaux's TD to take a 17-7 lead.

The Cardinals responded with their best drive of the night, marching 80 yards down the field. Senorise Perry's 8-yard touchdown run trimmed Cincinnati's lead to 17-14 at the break.

And Cincinnati began the second half just as strong as the first, going 73 yards in 10 plays for another 10-point cushion on Abernathy's 4-yard TD run.