Central Florida Upsets Louisville 38-35

10/19/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Oct 18, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; UCF Knights defensive lineman E.J. Dunston (95) tackles Louisville Cardinals running back Senorise Perry (32) during the first quarter of play at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY SportsWhen I listed my three Top 25 teams that should be on upset alert this week in college football (which you can conveniently read right here), the eighth-ranked Louisville Cardinals were on there.

So hey, they can't say that I didn't warn them.

The potential upset turned into an actual upset in Louisville, as Central Florida mounted a furious second half rally, including a go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left, to knock off the previously unbeaten Cardinals.

We knew that Louisville would have a tough hill to climb in order to be considered as a national title contender. But, at least if they went undefeated, they had some type of hope.

Now though, all that is gone. Charlie Strong's team has zero chance of playing for the national championship, and Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman efforts may take a hit as well.

Bridgewater had a Bridgewater-esque night in throwing for 341 yards and two scores, but unfortunately for him, he couldn't suit up on defense.

We can knock Louisville all we want, but the fact of the matter is this: UCF deserves the credit for winning this game. They trailed 28-7 in the third quarter, and could have easily just packed it up and went home with a blowout loss.

Instead, they turned everything around, with Blake Bortles and the UCF offense having a chance with one memorable drive to upset the giant. And that's exactly what they did. 

As we mentioned before the game, UCF had already proven it could compete with the big boys. They dropped Penn State earlier in the season. They were a play here or there away from upsetting South Carolina. This is an extremely good football team that might play its way into a BCS bowl berth come January.

Of course, none of that will take away the sting for the Cardinals. They certainly had their chances to crush the Knights' spirit.

Instead, UCF made the plays down the stretch and Louisville didn't. It's really as simple as that.

That's why UCF will return to Florida with a huge grin while the Cardinals must once again ponder what might have been.
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