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Uncharacteristic performance by pass defense

NEW ORLEANS — The Gators entered the Superdome with the nation's top pass efficiency defense. Their season ended after Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater torched them for 266 yards and two touchdowns. The Florida pass rush couldn't get to Bridgewater, and he kept his composure while moving around the pocket to keep plays alive and hit plays downfield.

It was a night that didn't look like any of the previous games for the Florida defense. The Gators led the country by allowing just five passing touchdowns during the regular season, but against Teddy Bridgewater, the Gators gave up two. None of the passing touchdowns allowed by Florida during the regular season were 15 or more yards. Both of Bridgewater's were. The Florida secondary dominated...

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