by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
December 28, 2013
Miami was invited to a bowl. Hurricane fans are still waiting for the team to show up. Louisville got both parts of the equation right and manhandled the 'Canes 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night in Orlando.
Miami was making its fourth trip to the Orlando bowl and its first anywhere since the 2010 Sun after self-imposing bowl bans each of the past two years. It was Miami's fourth consecutive bowl loss as the school hasn't emerged victorious in a postseason game since squeaking past Nevada 21-20 in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl (now the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) in Boise.
Miami finished the season 9-4 after beginning the 2013 campaign with 7 straight wins.
Louisville finished 12-1 with its only loss coming at home against eventual American Athletic Conference champion UCF which caused it to miss out on securing the automatic BCS bowl bid that was reserved for the league titlist
Louisville improved to 9-8-1 all-time in bowl games with its second straight bowl win and fourth in its last five tries.
Miami led 2-0 after just 3:09 on a sack of Teddy Bridgewater and didn't score again until it trailed 36-2 in the 4th. As for Bridgewater, he went on to pass for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added 6 rushes for 24 yards and a score as Bridgewater accounted for all of the Cardinals' touchdowns and all but 83 of his teams' 554 yards.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com had projected a 5.29-point Louisville win.