Louisville’s Cardinals hold off WKU in season opener Sunday, Sep 13 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team defeated the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 35-21 at Cardinal Stadium in the first game of the season.

WKU put points on the board first with a rushing touchdown at the Cardinals’ goal line to go up 7-0. U of L struck right back with a pass from junior Micale Cunningham to Ean Pfeifer for a 28-yard touch pass to put the score at 7-7. At the end of the first quarter, Cunningham had completed 6 of his 11 passes and threw for 181 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Braden Smith had two receptions for 111 yards.

The Cardinals picked up where they left off in the second quarter. Cunningham rushed in for a 14-yard touchdown only six seconds into the second quarter to put the score at 14-7. Five minutes later, sophomore running back Javian Hawkins rushed in for a 19-yard touchdown to put U of L up 21-7 over the Hilltoppers.

Near the end of the second quarter, Cunningham completed a pass to sophomore Marshon Ford for the touchdown with only 42 seconds left in the half. Louisville was in the driver seat going into half time with a score of 28-7. WKU was scoreless in the second quarter.

Western Kentucky bounced back in the third quarter after a one-yard rushing touchdown to cut the deficit to 14 points. The Cardinals fired back with a 70-yard completion from Cunningham to senior wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick for a touchdown. Louisville led Western Kentucky 35-14 going into the final quarter of play.

Louisville’s defense held up in the fourth quarter only allowing a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Hilltoppers. U of L ended up coming away with a two-touchdown lead to secure the victory 35-21.

Cunningham threw for 343 yards and gathered three touchdowns. Junior running back Hassan Hall ran for 66 yards on six carries. Fitzpatrick and Smith both grabbed four catches for 110 yards apiece. Junior wide receiver Tutu Atwell totaled 78 yards on seven catches.

The Cardinals will begin ACC conference play next week when they take on the University of Miami Hurricanes Sept.19. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. Louisville will look to avenge their loss from last season when they visited the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.

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Louisville gets clawed by no. 3 Clemson Tigers Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto —

Louisville lost against No. 3 Clemson with a final score of 45-10 on Saturday Oct. 19. This was the Cardinals fourth ACC game and second conference loss.

This was Louisville’s first game against a top five ranking team under head coach Scott Satterfield.  “I’m proud of our guys, they continued to fight the whole way through,” he said.

In the first quarter, Louisville’s (4-3, 2-2) defense held it together, blocking Clemson’s (7-0, 4-0) advance. The Tigers only scored a field goal in the first quarter, ending 3-0.

The second quarter saw the Tigers take charge of  their offense, with a touchdown scored in the first minute of the quarter. The Cardinal’s defense suffered, and the Tigers scored another touchdown. Louisville scored a field goal and brought the score to 17-3 by the end of the quarter.

In the last two minutes of the third quarter, Clemson advanced on the Cards with a touchdown after rushing 49 yards. Clemson added a kick attempt to their touchdown, and finished the quarter with a score of 24-3.

The fourth quarter saw freshman Javian Hawkins make the sole Cardinal touchdown. Although their offense ramped up, Louisville’s defense took a hit. The tigers were able to get past the Cards and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Evan Conley proved important to the defense with a combined passing of 107 yards, alongside sophomore Micale Cunningham. Hawkins rushed a total of 129 yards. Junior Dez Fitzpatrick received 63 yards, alongside sophomore Chatarius Atwell’s 37 yards.

Cunningham commented on the defense’s improvements. “We played better. We made them work for everything, and we didn’t really give them anything,” he said.

Clemson took the lead with a rushing average of 8.1, while Louisville ended with 3.6. Louisville had the higher receiving average of  13.4, while Clemson finished with 11.5.

Satterfield referred to the lack of conversions on Louisville’s end when he said, ” We didn’t make enough plays. The bottom line is that they out-executed us.”

“We were not able to get any momentum in that game.”

Louisville will face University of Virginia in their fifth conference match up on Oct. 26 at Cardinal Stadium.

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Football claims first win under Satterfield Sunday, Sep 8 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest and Mariam Prieto —

After 358 days without a win, Louisville celebrated a long-awaited victory. Marking Scott Satterfield’s first win as head coach, the Cardinals defeated Eastern Kentucky University 42-0.

This win puts a swift end to Louisville’s second longest losing streak in history, with the first shut-out since 2013.

“All I do is think about our staff and players I really don’t think about me. I think about how hard they work, how hard the coaches work and I am happy for them,” said Satterfield. “We do this to win.”

Louisville’s defense started off strong with a sack by sophomore Yassir Adbdullah. 

The Cardinal’s offense took the field with energy, with sophomore Tutu Attwell scoring a touchdown within the first three minutes of the game.

Louisville maintained its rushing offense during the first, rushing 43 yards off of seven plays.

The Card’s offense flexed passing with 50 receiving yards coming from Attwell along with a five-yard catch by freshman Marshon Ford that resulted in a touchdown. 

The Louisville defense kept the Colonels out of the first quarter leaving the score 14-0. No touchdowns were made in the second quarter.

Freshman Javian Hawkins opened up the second half with a bold 66 yard rush. Ford quickly scored a touchdown five yards out from in-zone making the score 21-0.

Hawkins made another huge rush, gaining 50 more yards. Junior Jawon Pass then threw to junior Dez Fitzpatrick scoring another touchdown. EKU did not answer, ending with the quarter 28-0.

Four touchdowns were scored off passing proving Louisville’s offensive versatility. Louisville rushed 322 yards while also passing  220 yards. This game marks a career high for Pass, with four passes into the in-zone.

Sophomore Hassan Hall made the first rushing touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. This was followed by another rushing touchdown by sophomore Malik Cunningham making the final score of the game 42-0.

“This is huge. We are in this business to win football games and we want to do in the right way. I think that it validates what we’ve been doing,” Satterfield said.

Louisville’s defense shined with five sacks on the EKU quarterback.

In the first game against Notre Dame the defense showed strides, and against Eastern the defense executed.

“It was great, we worked hard and a long time for this. And for this to finally come, it was everything we thought it would be,” junior Dorian Etheridge said.

Louisville will face off against Western Kentucky University on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Photo by Jessica Abell / The Louisville Cardinal

 

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