U of L routs Syracuse 30-0 in home victory Monday, Nov 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team defeated Syracuse 30-0 on Nov. 20 at Cardinal Stadium.

U of L improves their record to 3-6, while the Orange has their record fall to 1-8 on the season.

Friday’s win was a much-needed victory for the Cardinals, who improve to 2-6 in ACC conference play. U of L now sits at 12th place in the ACC standings.

Sophomore James Turner kicked off the scoring outburst for the Cardinals after completing a booming 50-yard field goal. Turner’s field goal was the lone scoring mark in the opening quarter for both teams.

Turner fired again in the second quarter at the 6:25 mark, splashing a 40-yard field goal. Freshman Jalen Mitchell tallied up his first career carry for the Cardinals in the second quarter. Mitchell hustled into the endzone for a 2-yard touchdown with only 3:36 left in the half. With 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Junior Malik Cunningham danced into the endzone for a 4-yard rushing touchdown.

U of L was firmly in the driver’s seat heading into halftime, leading the Orange 20-0.

The first nine minutes of the third quarter was quiet for both the Cardinals and Syracuse. At the 6:45 mark, Cunningham completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Tutu Atwell. Then, in the fourth quarter, Turner struck again with a 33-yard field goal.

Louisville took home the victory with ease 30-0.

Cunningham completed 19-28 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Senior Maurice Barkley had ten carries for 56 yards. Freshman Braden Smith had seven receptions for 65 yards. Turner had nine points on three field goals totaling 123 yards kicked.

U of L will head to Massachusetts to face Boston College on Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.

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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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U of L football loses to Virginia Tech 42-35 Monday, Nov 2 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team lost at home on Oct. 31 to ACC competitor Virginia Tech 42-35. This moves the Cardinals’ record to 2-5 on the season and puts them in 13th place in the ACC.

The news came out just before the game that a handful of Louisville’s defensive players would be unavailable for the game. Defensive linemen Micah Bland, Ja’Darien Boykin, Malik Clark, Yaya Diaby and Tabarius Peterson were all unavailable. Punter Ryan Harwell, safety Isaiah Hayes and linebacker Monty Montgomery were also unavailable. All of the players were showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Cardinals dug themselves a hole early on going down 21-0 moving into the second quarter. It was no secret early on that the second string Cardinal defense was struggling.

Sophomore Marshon Ford put Louisville on the board first by completing a 14-yard pass from junior Malik Cunningham for a touchdown. Then, just before halftime, sophomore Javian Hawkins broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run. U of L trailed the Hokies 21-14 going in the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Senior Dez Fitzpatrick got the Cards back on track with an 82-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham. With six minutes left in the final quarter, senior Maurice Barkley ran it in for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley’s touchdown tightened the score to 34-28. Six points were as close as the Cardinals would get to Hokies. Both teams tacked on an additional touchdown in the final four minutes, but Virginia Tech took home the victory 42-35.

Cunningham threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns but had three interceptions. Hawkins carried the ball for 129 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Fitzpatrick had a monster game with 158 yards on five catches, one of which was a touchdown. Junior Tutu Atwell had 8 catches for 78 yards.

U of L will attempt to rebound next week when they travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers. That game will be Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on ACC Network.

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Javian Hawkins’ progression fuels Cardinals football Friday, Oct 30 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has received a good amount of production from the running back position. At the beginning of the season, junior running back Hassan Hall appeared to be the starting back for the Cardinals. But after U of L’s 48-16 win over Florida State at home, sophomore Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s running back.

Glimpses of Hawkins’ skill set for the 2020-2021 season appear against the University of Miami. Hawkins carried the ball for 164 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to the Hurricanes, but he showed he could be a factor in the outcomes of big games.

Then came Louisville’s bout with Florida State on Oct. 24. Florida State was coming off a monster win against No. 5 North Carolina and was looking to make further strides in the ACC conference standings. Louisville had different plans, the Cardinals’ offense exploded for 48 points in the runaway victory against the Seminoles.

Hawkins shined in the must-win game against Florida State, just like he showed out against Miami will all eyes on the Cardinals. Hawkins carried the ball for 174 yards on only 16 carries, including a breakaway run for 70 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. That is the second 70+ yard rush for Hawkins this season.

U of L will look to build off of their victory against the Seminoles. They host Virginia Tech Oct. 31 at Cardinal Stadium. Hawkins plans to keep his hot streak going, opening avenues for the U of L offense.

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Louisville handles Florida State 48-16 Monday, Oct 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals blew out the Florida State Seminoles 48-16. U of L football has struggled in its last four games and rebounded well against the Seminoles. They settle down Florida State who entered their bout with Cardinals on cloud nine after upsetting No. 5 North Carolina last week.

Florida State got the game started with a touchdown only a couple of minutes into regulation. The Cardinals responded with ten minutes left in the first quarter via a nine-yard touchdown run by sophomore Javian Hawkins. Two minutes later, Hawkins turned in a highlight play in form of a 70-yard touchdown run, putting the Cardinals up 14-7. The Cardinals were able to sneak in another touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter when junior Malik Cunningham completed a pass to senior Ean Pfeifer for a 13-yard touchdown.

At the 12:47 mark in the second quarter, Cunningham completed a bomb to sophomore Tutu Atwell for the 58-yard touchdown pass. A couple of minutes before halftime junior James Turner chipped a 28-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 31-14 at the half.

Hawkins scored his third touchdown to start the Cardinals off in the third quarter. Then, with only two minutes left in the third, U of L forced a safety on the Seminoles to put the Cardinals up 38-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Cardinals. Turner booted a 39-yard field goal only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Atwell grabbed his second touchdown after a two-yard run. Louisville snapped their four-game winning-streak in spectacular fashion with a 32-point blowout.

Cunningham was 16-24 on his passes, throwing for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hawkins totaled 171 yards on 16 carries. Atwell had a whopping 3 receptions for 129 yards.

U of L will faceoff with No. 19 Virginia Tech on Oct. 31.

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U of L Football looks to redeem itself against Florida State Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville football is eager to bounce back from its 1-4 season start. Their comeback tour begins Saturday, Oct. 24 at Florida State.

The Seminoles are coming off a huge win over former No. 5 North Carolina. The Cardinals head to Tallahassee, Fla. after losing a hard-fought bout at No. 4 Norte Dame.

U of L has an extensive history with the Seminoles. Back on Sept. 17, 2016, the Cardinals were No. 10 in the nation at the time going up against the powerhouse No. 2 Seminoles. U of L smoked the highly touted Seminoles 63-20 behind Heismann Lamar Jackson.

Florida State leads the overall matchup between the two schools 16-4.  The Cardinals will look to change the narrative of their season while tuning down the Seminoles, who are coming off their biggest win the past two seasons.

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Cardinals lose heartbreaker to No. 4 Norte Dame 12-7 Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville football fell to No. 4 Norte Dame on Oct. 17 in South Bend, Ind. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Cardinals, placing them 15th in the ACC conference rankings.

Momentum was teetering throughout the first half. The Fighting Irish were not able to score because of Louisville’s exceptional defense early on. On the other side of the ball, Norte Dame’s defense was holding the Cardinals’ offense in check as well.

The Fighting Irish was able to score two field goals to go up 6-0 by halftime. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left in the second quarter, but sophomore kicker James Turner missed the 54-yard field goal attempt.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals attempted an onside kick to gain possession back and potentially go up on the Irish. The onside kick was successful until an illegal blocking call was made against the Cardinals. The controversial illegal blocking call changed killed momentum for the Cardinals at the end of the third quarter.

The University of Louisville fell to the Irish 12-7, making the Cardinals 0-4 in ACC conference play.

Junior Malik Cunningham completed 16 of his 19 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Javian Hawkings carried the ball for 51 yards and had five receptions for 46 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back from their current losing streak when they host the Florida State Seminoles Oct. 24 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Louisville Football recruiting top-100 quarterback for 2022 Tuesday, Oct 13 2020 

By John McCarthy–

It appears that the University of Louisville football team has plans to strengthen its offense. With Malik Cunningham being a junior, the Cardinals need to plan ahead to maintain their powerful offense. Sam Horn, a top-100 quarterback, has caught the Cardinal’s eyes and is a potential Cardinal recruit for their 2022 recruiting class.

Horn is a highly-touted prospect out of Suwanee, Ga. He is a pro-style quarterback that would fit snuggly into a power-five conference school like U of L. Horn is rated a four-star recruit by CBs’s 247Sports and sits at the 94th overall in 247Sports’ top 100.

U of L offered Horn a scholarship on Oct. 8, only a month after fellow ACC competitor Duke offered Horn the same ride. Horn accoladed quite the stat line while at Collins Hill High School. He completed 65% of his passes for a staggering 2,326 total yards and 22 touchdown passes.

Louisville is not the only college looking to bring Horn aboard. Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Appalachian State and Georgia Tech have all also offered Horn a full-ride scholarship. Among all the power-five universities that have offered, Horn has expressed the most interest in Tennessee so far.

The Cardinals will look to continue their pursuit of Horn to fill the eventual hole at quarterback after Cunningham’s departure. Having Horn at the helm for U of L would help maintain production within the Louisville offense.

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