One thing GatorNation can definitely be happy about leaving the Big Easy is that Charlie Strong is staying at Louisville and not heading to Tennessee. The Cards started fast and never let up. Everything that could have went right for Strong’s team did from the first play until the last in the AllState Sugar Bowl.
Florida tried to open the game up going against their strength but shot themselves in the foot doing so. Jeff Driskel threw a pick on a poorly thrown pass to Terell Floyd that was returned 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game. That set the tone for the night. Louisville lead by Teddy Bridgewater took advantage of the Gators offensive woes and gave the Gators defensive headaches by scoring on all 3 possessions in the first half. The Cardinals never looked back.
Florida hadn’t faced a deficit that large all year and it showed. The SEC East runner-up was not built to come from behind quickly from being down by 2 possessions or more. The ground and pound nature that the Gators played with all season, they abandon all too quick. Couple that with 3 turnovers and you have historic night for Louisville. The lost snapped a 4 game bowl win streak for UF.
Bridgewater looked poised throughout the night by completing accurate passes into tight windows. He used his legs when needed and converted on 9 of 14 third downs while completing 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards and two TDs. Strong had this to say about his young signal caller, “He’s an unbelievable player, I’ve always said and still believe this, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”
This game was special to Coach Charlie Strong. He was an assistant coach with the Gators for 15 years. Over those years he served as Interim Head Coach, Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebacker Coach and Defensive Line Coach. Many believe he was overlooked when the Gators chose Will Muschamp two years ago to be their Head Coach. Well at the AllState Sugar Bowl, Florida got a good look at Charlie.
Post Written By: Steve Dooley IV