Cardinals lose 23-20 to Pittsburgh Panthers Monday, Sep 28 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The No. 24 Louisville Cardinals lost a hard fought game 23-20 to the No. 21 Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field Sept. 26. The Panthers eleven more time of possession minutes on offense made a big impact on the outcome of the victory.

After missing every field goal of the year up to this point, the Panthers (3-0, 2-0) first two possessions ended in field goals made by redshirt senior Alex Kessman. They had the first touchdown of the game with an eight yard pass from senior Kenny Pickett to freshman Jordan Addison.

Despite being held to a punt on the first two possessions of the game, redshirt sophomore Javian Hawkins broke off for a 75 yard rushing touchdown on the first offensive play after the Panthers touchdown with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

With 7:33 left in the second quarter, Jared Goldwire for the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2) recovered a fumble after junior Yasir Abdullah forced a fumble while Pickett attempted a pass over the middle. On the second play after the turnover, redshirt junior Malik Cunningham threw a 21 yard touchdown to wide open junior Tutu Atwell in the endzone. 

The Panthers matched the score during their next drive with a pass from Pickett to senior Taysir Mack for a 40 yard touchdown. Abdullah nearly tackled Mack, but further review showed Mack’s knee never touched the ground. The Panthers held a 20-17 lead over the Cardinals into halftime.

After only one field goal from each team during the third quarter, senior C.J. Avery intercepted a pass from Pickett and set up the Cardinals at the opponents 45 yard line during the first drive of the fourth quarter. On the very next play, Cunningham threw an interception to senior Damar Hamlin, setting up the Panthers at mid-field.

After the Cardinals defense stopped a fourth down conversion and forced a punt on their next two drives, Louisville’s offense was set up at their own 17 yard line with 2:35 left in the game down three points. Cunningham threw an interception on a fourth down play with 1:20 left in the game and was carted off the field after an injury, but gave a thumbs up to his teammates as he left the field.

The Cardinals will face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Photo Courtesy of ACC Media 

The post Cardinals lose 23-20 to Pittsburgh Panthers appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Cardinals blown away by Miami Hurricanes Saturday, Sep 19 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The No. 18 Louisville Cardinals lost in a hard fought game to the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes 47-34 at Cardinal Stadium Sept. 19.

The Hurricanes (2-0) started their first drive with an 18 yard pass from senior D’Eriq King to junior Brevin Jordan, but the Cardinals were able to force a punt. Junior Malik Cunningham matched their energy with a 24 yard run during the following drive that led to a field goal for the Cardinals.

After a 38 yard run from King during the next drive, the Hurricanes scored the first touchdown of the game with a pass from King to junior Will Mallory. Freshman Jaylan Knighton scored the first rushing touchdown of his career for the Hurricanes with 1:41 left in the first quarter, giving the Hurricanes a 14-3 lead. 

Even though the Cardinals (1-1) had the ability to move the ball against the Hurricanes, they failed to convert on third down during the first half and settled for two field goals in scoring position.

An interception by Miami junior Al Blades Jr.  stopped a Cardinals drive near the end of the first half. Miami took a 20-6 lead into the second half. 

The Cardinals drove down the field in their first drive of the second half to score their first touchdown of the game.

Sophmore Javian Hawkins took a hand-off to the right before being forced to the opposite side of the field for a 19 yard touchdown. During the next offensive drive for the Cardinals, Hawkins converted a fourth down play that led to a six yard touchdown pass from Cunningham to junior Tutu Atwell.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes scored two touchdowns in two plays during their first two drives to start the third quarter. Junior Cam’Ron Harris rushed for a 75 yard touchdown and King threw a 75 yard touchdown to Knighton. 

Cunningham threw two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to Atwell and sophomore Marshon Ford, but the Hurricanes maintained their lead to finish the game.

The Cardinals play the Pittsburgh Panthers Sept. 26 at Heinz Field at noon EST.

Photo Courtesy // ACC Media 

The post Cardinals blown away by Miami Hurricanes appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

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.

Photo Courtesy of ACC Media 

The post Louisville’s Cardinals hold off WKU in season opener appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Louisville rolled past Mississippi State to win 2019 Music City Bowl Monday, Dec 30 2019 

By Cole Emery —

The Cards won the Music City Bowl for the second time in team history, defeating Mississippi State 38-28.

Louisville (8-5, 5-3) began well defensively, forcing a punt on Mississippi State’s first drive. 

On the Cards’ first offensive drive they drove 96 yards, but junior Dez Fitzpatrick fumbled on the one yard line. 

The Bulldogs capitalized on the turnover in only eight plays and capped it off with a rushing touchdown by senior Tommy Stevens.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Mississippi State (6-7, 3-5) scored after they drove down the field for 80 yards. Senior Nick Gibson scored off a rushing touchdown for three yards. 

During that drive, junior Dorian Etheridge was ejected from the game for kicking another player.

The following drive for the Cards only took five plays to reach the end-zone. Sophomore Micale Cunningham made plays through the air and ground for 43 yards, bringing the Cards to the Bulldog’s 33 yard line. 

The Cards brought out a trick play which paid off. Sophomore Tutu Atwell threw a passing touchdown for a double pass to freshman Marshon Ford. This touchdown brought the Cards to a 14-7 deficit.

On the following kick-off, sophomore Ternell Troutman forced a fumble that freshman James Turner recovered, giving the Cardinals possession at the Bulldog’s 32 yard line. The drive was stalled after several penalties and a failed fourth down attempt. 

After forcing a punt, the Cardinals drove down the field behind the arm of Cunningham. Sophomore Ryan Chalifoux kicked a field goal as time expired going into halftime. 

The Bulldogs took the lead into halftime 14-10.

Cunningham threw several touchdowns in the second half to senior Devante Peete and Ford. 

On a kickoff, graduate Gary McCrae forced a fumble that senior Khane Pass recovered for a 31 yard touchdown. This gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game 17-14 with 2:51 left in the third quarter.

Freshman Javian Hawkins got a five yard touchdown for the Cards after stopping the Bulldogs on fourth down. This gave Louisville a 38-21 lead with 2:13 left in the game. 

Stevens threw a late touchdown to junior Osirus Mitchell for 24 yards with 27 seconds left in the game, but it was not enough as the Cards recovered the onside kick. 

Cunningham finished with 279 passing yards, 81 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns. Atwell caught nine passes for 147 yards and threw a passing touchdown to Ford who caught two touchdowns during the contest. Hawkins ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.

File photo // The Louisville Cardinal

The post Louisville rolled past Mississippi State to win 2019 Music City Bowl appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Cards football set to go bowling in Nashville Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By Luke Graham —

Coming off one of the worst years in Louisville football history, first year head coach Scott Satterfield has brought the Louisville football program back to a bowl game to finish the season.

Just days after the Cardinals (7-5, 5-3) found out that Scott Satterfield won ACC Coach of the Year and that four players were given all ACC honors with junior Mekhi Becton and sophomore Tutu Atwell on the 1st team, and freshman Javian Hawkins  and sophomore Hassan Hall on the 2nd team, they found out they were headed to Nashville for the Music City Bowl Game.

Louisville will meet up in Nashville and face off against Mississippi State (6-6,3-5). It has been two years since Cards have faced the Bulldogs to the date for the 2017 Music City Bowl.

On Dec. 30, 2017 they lost to Mississippi State in what would be Heisman winner Lamar Jackson’s last game as a Cardinal 31-27.

Louisville will look to make new fortune against the Bulldogs this time around. Led by sophomore quarterback Micale Cunningham the Cards look to take care of business in Nashville.

The city is buzzing about going bowling again and are hoping the Cards can win their first bowl game since 2015 against Texas A&M. Ironically enough, that was also the Music City Bowl.

With the Seniors going through a coaching change after playing with a Heisman winner, it would be nice to see them go out with a win to finish off their wild careers at Louisville.

Louisville looks to stay undefeated in Nashville this year after a win against Western Kentucky at a neutral site early in the season. The Cards will play at 4:00 pm on Dec. 30 on ESPN at Nissan Stadium.

Jessica Abell // The Louisville Cardinal 

The post Cards football set to go bowling in Nashville appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Louisville tops the Hilltoppers Saturday, Sep 14 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville took the second win of the season, defeating Western Kentucky University 38-21.

After a huge win 42-0 over Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville (2-1) has brought their competition level up significantly since last season.

Against WKU (1-2) Louisville continued to expand their offensive capabilities passing just as much as rushing. The Cardinals had 415 total yards against the Hilltoppers, 205 yards coming from passing and 210 from rushing.

This versatility will come in handy when playing in the first conference game of the season on the road against Florida State next week.

Sophomore Tutu Atwell started off scoring for the Cardinals with a touchdown off of a nine yard pass from sophomore Malik Cunningham. The Hilltoppers did not answer, Louisville had the lead at the end of the first with a score of 7-0.

Scoring opened up for Louisville in the second quarter with 24 points. Attwell scored another touchdown in the beginning of the second off of a long 46 yard pass from Cunningham.

Western then answered with their first touchdown with a huge 72 yard play ripping through Louisville’s defense.

Louisville wrapped up the quarter with two more touchdowns, one from senior Seth Hawkins and the other from junior Rodjay Jones. The Cards also scored a field goal by senior Blanton Creque putting the score 31-7 at the end of the first half.

WKU tried to rally against the Cardinals with a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Louisville maintained their strength as Atwell then scored his third touchdown of the game leaving the score 38-14.

Western scored another touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Louisville did not answer, leaving the final score 38-21.

Last year the Cardinal’s nearly lost against the Hilltoppers taking a narrow 20-17 win. Satterfield’s revitalized team is gaining ground lost from last year, already putting up just as many wins from last season within three games.

Looking ahead Louisville’s schedule will be starting to pick up with five straight ACC games. While Louisville has proven their competition with in-state competition, they still have to prove conference strength.

Louisville will play Florida State on Saturday Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.

File Photo / The Louisville Cardinal

The post Louisville tops the Hilltoppers appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.