Virginia’s Cavaliers come out on top against Cardinals 31-17 Monday, Nov 16 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team traveled to Virginia this weekend to take on the Cavaliers. The Cardinals were without sophomore Tutu Atwell and sophomore Javian Hawkins due to illness.

Virginia (3-4) topped the Cardinals (2-6) in the ACC bout 31-17 on Nov. 14.

Junior James Turner put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with four minutes left in the first quarter. After Turner’s 48-yard field goal, the Cardinals trailed the Cavaliers 7-3.

Five minutes into the second quarter junior Malik Cunningham broke loose for a 19-yard touchdown run to give U of L their only touchdown of the quarter. Louisville trailed Virginia 14-10 headed into half time.

Cunningham came through again the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run at the goal line. U of L trailed the Cavaliers 21-17 headed into the fourth quarter.

Senior Brian Delaney booted a 28-yard field goal to bring the Cardinals within a touchdown going into the final ten minutes of the game. Around the 8-minute mark, Cunningham broke through for a potential rushing touchdown but fumbled the goal into the Cavaliers’ 40-yard line. Virginia scored another touchdown to seal the win 31-17.

Cunningham was 13 for 21 passing the ball with 161 yards and an interception. He also carried the ball 20 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Dez Fitzpatrick had five receptions for 71 yards.

U of L will face Syracuse Nov. 20 at Cardinal Stadium.

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U of L football heads to Virginia for ACC showdown Saturday, Nov 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team is set to face off against Virginia this Saturday, Nov. 14.

Louisville (2-5) and Virginia (2-4) were originally slated to play on Nov. 7, but the game was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the U of L defense.

The last time U of L faced off against the Cavaliers was in 2019. Louisville took home the victory in that matchup at Cardinal Stadium. The two teams have faced off a total of eight times throughout their time in the ACC. U of L leads the all-time series 5-3.

U of L will look to bounce back from their home loss to Virginia Tech two weeks ago. The Cavaliers plan to continue their winning streak against the Cardinals after an upset victory over No. 15 North Carolina.

The Cardinals turn to sophomore Javian Hawkins and Junior Malik Cunningham for production. Hawkins leads Louisville in rushing yards and yards per carry. Cunningham leads the Cardinals in passing yards.

This ACC matchup will take place on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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U of L football postpones Virginia game as 10 players test positive for COVID-19 Saturday, Nov 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has postponed their ACC matchup with Virginia till Nov. 14.

The Cardinals (2-5) canceled this week’s trip to take on the Cavaliers after ten U of L players tested positive according to Athletic Director Vince Tyra. Five additional players for Louisville are currently quarantining after contact tracing.

U of L showed resistance last week during their loss to Virginia Tech at home. Although the Cardinals were nine players down, they lost marginally by a single touchdown. “It makes it a lot more challenging because you want guys to feel comfortable in whatever spots that you move them to. Regardless if you move a safety down to the linebacker spot, or a linebacker down to a defensive end spot, they still have to feel comfortable. You do not want your guys to get in there and not get it done,” Louisville Head Coach Scott Satterfield said.

“We’re down to three scholarship defensive linemen. I know others have played with players out at different positions, but when you get into the trenches and there is a lot of contact there between the offensive and defensive linemen, that is certainly one situation that the league has its eye on,” Tyra said.

A postponement of Saturday’s game to Nov. 14 should give the Cardinals’ players who test positive enough time to rid themselves of the virus.

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