Kevin C. Cox
No. 3 Florida couldn't get anything going until the fourth quarter, but by then it would be too late as the Louisville Cardinals had the game in hand.
Behind Teddy Bridgewater's excellence in the passing game, the No. 21 Louisville Cardinals completed the upset in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl, completely overwhelming No. 3 Florida in their 33-23 victory on Wednesday.
After the Cardinals picked off the first play of the game and returned it for a touchdown, the Gators found themselves behind early and out of their comfort zone.
At one time in the fourth quarter, Florida trailed 33-10. But the team scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, one on a kickoff return, giving the Gators somewhat of a pulse.
But for most of the game, the Gators defense couldn't slow down the Cardinals high powered offense whatsoever as Bridgewater attacked Florida's defense constantly. The injured star quarterback completed 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida didn't help their cause, though, committing ten penalties in the game that accumulated for more than 100 yards. Several of those came on key third downs, prolonging Louisville's drives. In all, Louisville converted 9 of 14 third downs.
It was a long day for Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, who passed for just 175 yards and two interceptions while adding just three yards of rushing.