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Central Florida stuns Cardinals

Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker was pushed out of bounds by Central Florida's Jordan Ozerities after a first-quarter catch.
Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker was pushed out of bounds by Central Florida's Jordan Ozerities after a first-quarter catch. AP

Blake Bortles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left to give Central Florida a 38-35 upset victory over host Louisville on Friday night, handing the No. 8 Cardinals their first loss of the season.

Louisville blew a 28-7 third-quarter lead as Central Florida scored 24 unanswered points to go ahead 31-28 with 7:36 left in the game.

The Cardinals answered with a nine-play, 88-yard drive.

Dominique Brown ran 15 yards for a touchdown to give Louisville a 35-31 lead with 3 minutes left.

Central Florida responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Bortles' TD pass.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heaved a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete in the Cards' end zone to end the game.

Louisville to continue series with Houston

Louisville has announced the continuation of its football series with Houston for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The Cardinals will host the Cougars on Sept. 12, 2015, and travel to Houston for a Nov. 19, 2016, game to be played in the school's 40,000-seat facility set to be finished next year.

The schools will play at Louisville on Nov. 16 in their only matchup as members of the startup American Athletic Conference.

Eighth-ranked Louisville is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Louisville won the previous meeting 65-27 in a 2004 Conference USA game at Houston to even the series 7-7.


Next game

Louisville at South Florida

When: Noon Saturday, Oct. 26


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