Louisville Beats UConn 31-10, With Help From The Huskies

Louisville Cardinals running back Senorise Perry (32) gets past Connecticut Huskies cornerback Byron Jones (16) during the second quarter to score the Cardinals third touchdown of the half. (JOHN WOIKE)

EAST HARTFORD — So the UConn defense makes a great play near the end of the third quarter, and a rare one at that, against Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Huskies are trailing by 18 points and there are some serious UConn faithful sitting in the stands braving a ridiculous cold.

Safety Andrew Adams gave them something to cheer about by intercepting Bridgewater, a Heisman hopeful, deep in UConn territory with 27 seconds to go.

It was only the third pick the super-talented junior has thrown this season.

Maybe it fires up the UConn offense to do something; maybe inspires the unit to string together a series of plays leading to a score.

Well, it happened — just not then.

On the next play, UConn freshman quarterback Tim Boyle went airborne to Shakim Phillips who was fighting Louisville cornerback Terrell Floyd for the ball.

Phillips lost. Floyd controlled a ball that was tipping around momentarily and raced 17 yards for a touchdown.

And Floyd would get another pick, this one in the end zone late in the fourth quarter.

It was that kind game for UConn (0-8, 0-4 American), which has now equaled its worst start since 1977, when the Huskies finished 1-10, 1-4 in the Yankee Conference. UConn had five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles).

UConn scored its touchdown with 35 seconds left when Casey Cochran found Kamal Abrams for a 14-yard TD pass long after the winner of the 31-10 game played before 27,104 was determined.

"I'm proud of our effort, this team doesn't quit," interim UConn coach T.J. Weist said. "You can look at the score and come up with different things but this team doesn't quit."

The high-flying, high-octane Louisville offense produced two touchdowns in this one. The UConn defense played one of its best games of late but mistakes, as they have all season, killed the Huskies.

The Cardinals improved to 8-1, 4-1 in The American and kept their league title hopes and BCS hopes alive, although they were hardly impressive doing it.

Holding the Louisville offense to 14 points would usually be a cause for celebration — unless you're UConn. The Huskies aren't equipped with enough big-play ability, if any, to take advantage of teams that struggle against them.

Louisville held a 21-3 lead at the half, due in large part to gifts from UConn.

The Huskies even gave the Cardinals a potential gift just before the half when McCombs muffed a punt that was recovered near midfield with 24 seconds to go, after the Huskies' defense had turned in a solid effort.

Bridgewater took a shot to the end zone with two seconds remaining and the Cardinals were well-positioned in end zone to make a catch but the ball fell to the turf to end the half.

The UConn offense was its usual self in the passing game. Boyle was 7 of 14 for 48 yards and an interception, his sixth of the season since taking over the starting job in Game 5. That pick came while going deep to Geremy Davis in the second quarter, two plays after the Cardinals went up 14-3 on a 28-yard pass from Bridgewater to Devante Parker.

With his sixth pick in four games, Boyle tied the guy he replaced, Chandler Whitmer, who had six in four games, too.