Our friends over at ESPN Stats & Information do an incredible job all season long delving into statistics and games to come up with terrific notes and nuggets.
Here are some of the notes they provided on the Allstate Sugar Bowl between Florida and Louisville on Jan. 2.
Louisville picked up the moniker "Cardiac Cards" earlier this year because of all its comeback wins. In fact, Louisville has fallen behind in nine of its 12 games this season. You all know that Teddy Ice/Bridgewater has fared well when his team is trailing, leading the Cardinals to victory in seven of those nine games. Bridgewater has a plus-11 touchdown-to-interception differential when trailing, tied for third best in FBS.
He has been even better when trailing late in games, leading the Cardinals to three come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter or overtime. He is completing 66.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception when trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime this season.
Teddy Bridgewater Passing When Trailing , 2012 Season
Comp pct.: 67 percent
Yds. per attempt: 8.8
Pass efficiency: 161.7
Louisville has about a 50-50 run to pass ratio this season (50.1 to 49.9 to be exact), and that has resulted in long, efficient touchdown drives. Louisville has scored 13 touchdowns that have lasted five minutes or longer, tied for the most in FBS with Georgia Tech. The Cardinals have at least one such touchdown drive in nine of their 12 games this season.
Louisville, 2012 season
5-minute TD drives: 13, T-1st nationally
10-play TD drives: 17, T-8th nationally
80-yd TD drives: 16, T-3rd nationally
Florida is the only AQ team that has not allowed a touchdown pass thrown at least 15 yards this season. The Gators’ opponents have eight interceptions on such passes, tied for fifth most among AQ teams. By comparison, Bridgewater has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions on the same throws.
You want to know how badly Louisville misses starting running back Senorise Perry? Since Perry tore his ACL early against Syracuse, Louisville has failed to reach the 50-yard mark in any of their last three games. In the first nine games of the year, Louisville ran for at least 100 yards and went 9-0.