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UofL receiver Devante Parker pulls in a Teddy Bridgewater pass in the corner of the end zone to push Louisville’s lead to 23-0 over Florida in the Sugar Bowl. #3 ranked Florida barely missed getting into the national championship game, and was unable to contain #21 ranked Louisville. The Cards won 33-23 for Louisville’s biggest football victory ever. (NY Times photo, January 2, 2013)

The University of Louisville football team dominated the Florida Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Only a month after coach Charlie Strong deflected offers to leave, his Cardinals outplayed the #3 Gators in every phase of the game.

Strong lauded the massive contingent of Louisville fans who traveled to the Big Easy. Sportswriters selected Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (below) as MVP.

Naysayers claim that Florida didn’t come to play. They were unmotivated. Uninspired. The AP photo below shows one of three instances where Florida players knocked the helmet off of a UofL player. Isn’t this really a case of the underdog taking the favorite’s BEST SHOTS and refusing to blink? When Florida’s Andre Debose returned a kickoff 100 yards midway through the 4th quarter, was he not trying? Imagine how many touchdowns he would have scored if he went full speed! #L1C4

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater takes a slobber-knocking shot from Florida’s Jon Bostic in the first quarter of the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater needed a minute to compose himself and then led his team to a 33-23 victory in New Orleans (AP photo).

Coach Charlie Strong said an ESPN analyst’s dismissal of Louisville’s chances of beating Florida helped motivate his team. Strong praised the enormous turnout of UofL fans in New Orleans for showing America that Louisville football is certified as a premiere program.

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