Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass against the Florida Gators during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Louisville defeated Florida 33-23. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The Sugar Bowl was decided early and it certainly wasn't the outcome most prognosticators expected.
Louisville, after needing a tiebreaker to gain the automatic BCS bowl bid from the underwhelming Big East Conference, surprisingly handled SEC powerhouse Florida, 33-23, in a showdown at the Superdome more lopsided than the final score indicated.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 266 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and an interception for the No. 22 Cardinals (11-2), whose defense held the fourth- ranked Gators to 285 yards and forced three turnovers.
Florida (11-2) went 4-1 against ranked opponents in the regular season and was a double-digit favorite coming in, but played from behind after the first play from scrimmage after Terell Floyd returned an interception for a touchdown.
Jeff Driskel was picked off twice, lost a fumble and guided a Gators offense that had a 3-for-10 conversion rate on third down.
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