Louisville topples No. 19 Wake Forest 62-59 Sunday, Oct 13 2019 

Gabriel Wiest —

After Louisville’s (4-2, 2-1) first ACC win against Boston College, the Cardinals upset undefeated Wake Forest 62-59. This mid-season win marks head coach Scott Satterfield’s first victory against a ranked team with the Cardinals.

The win against No. 19 Wake Forest (5-1, 0-1) came as a challenge on the road, with Louisville claiming their second ACC win for the season. Notably, this was Wake Forest’s first ACC game in this years schedule. Starting with a loss in conference play puts the Deacons at a deficit, needing to prove their ACC strength.

The second highest scoring game in ACC play started off with an energetic Cardinal offense that scored 21 points within the first quarter. Freshman Javian Hawkins started off scoring for Louisville and ran the ball eight yards for a touchdown.

Quickly after, sophomore Seth Dawkins scored a touchdown off of a pass, advancing 55 yards. The first quarter ended with a touchdown by sophomore Hassan Hall who returned the ball 100 yards. Wake Forest only scored a touchdown, leaving the score with Louisville on top 21-7.

During the second quarter Wake Forest caught some traction with two touchdowns. Louisville also had a touchdown by sophomore Tutu Attwell off of a nine-yard run. The Cardinals scored a field goal, with the score 31-21 at the half.

The third quarter came with moderate gains by the Cardinals scoring 14-10 over Wake Forest. This left the Cardinals four more points better off than at the second quarter with 44-31 at the end of the third.

Wake Forest rallied during the fourth quarter, nearly toppling the Cardinals. The Wake Forest offense exploited a weak Cardinal defense and amassed 28 points.

Even with a revitalized Wake Forest offense in the fourth quarter, Louisville maintained the lead scoring 17. The final score left Louisville with the three-point win margin over Wake Forest.

Receiving for Louisville was led by redshirt junior Dez Fitzpatrick with 125 yards who earned two touchdowns. Overall the Cardinals gained 295 yards off of passing.

Rushing for the Cardinals ended with an impressive 225 yards. Freshman Evan Conley led the pack with 79 yards and one touchdown. Not far behind, Hawkins had 60 yards and also earned a touchdown during the game.

Wake Forest respectively had over 100 yards over Louisville in the receiving game with 423 yards where they focused on quick passing.

This gives the Cardinals a two-win streak as their schedule reaches the most challenging point. Louisville will face off against undefeated Clemson (6-0, 4-0) home at Cardinal Stadium on Sat. Oct. 19 at noon.

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Football looks for first ACC win against Boston College Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

After taking a 35-24 loss against Florida State (2-2, 1-1), the Cardinals (2-2,0-1) are looking to claim their first ACC win against Boston College.

In Louisville’s last game against Florida State, the Cardinal’s defense took heavy damage in the first quarter with 21 points scored by the Seminoles’ offense.

Louisville’s offense against the Seminoles also had a slow start in the game with only one touchdown scored in the first half.

In order to claim their first ACC win, Louisville will need to buckle down on the defense line, limiting Boston’s (3-1, 1-0) scoring opportunities. Boston College has already put an ACC win on the board against Virginia Tech, giving them the edge in conference standings.

The Cardinals will also need to build off of offensive energy. In the previous game versus Florida State, the Louisville’s offense made their greatest plays in the second half. However, sophomore Malik Cunningham was the only player who caught passes for the Cardinals, gaining 286 yards with two touchdowns.

While rushing has been a strength for the Cardinals, they were stopped by FSU’s defense, only allowing 164 gains off of rushes. This is the lowest this season, meaning other teams are paying attention to yard gaining players like sophomore Hassan Hall, who has had 239 yards in four games.

Losing against FSU is a tough blow to Louisville’s schedule, with the Cardinals having to face off against four more ACC teams consecutively. After playing Boston College, Louisville will square off against No. 24 Wake Forest for the mid-season game.

With a week off from play, Satterfield will be looking to secure the team’s first conference win. This game will be significant in gaining ground lost from a 2-10 deficit last season. If the Cardinals win against BC, this already puts Satterfield’s first year one win higher than last season.

The Cardinals face off against Boston College on Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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Louisville fought No. 9 Irish at Cardinal Stadium Monday, Sep 2 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

In Louisville’s second history match up against No. 9 Notre Dame, the Cardinals took a 35-17 loss. Cardinal Stadium was packed with a record 58,000 attendance eager to see head coach Scott Satterfield’s revived Louisville football team.

Louisville quickly introduced Satterfield’s new style of offense in the first quarter, focusing on simple rushing plays and quarterback flexibility. Junior Jawon Pass put up a fight against the Irish, scoring two touch downs along with rushing 61 yards.

Freshman Javian Hawkins rushed 71 yards within the first quarter helping the Cards secure three third-down conversions.

Louisville’s defensive line scrambled in the first, leaving the Irish wide open to make plays. Notre Dame scored two touchdowns leaving the score 14-14 at the end of the quarter.

Momentum immediately went down in the beginning of the second quarter as both teams adjusted play styles. Louisville’s defense gained energy from the offense’s plays buckling down for most of second.

Louisville and Notre Dame had back-to-back fumbles towards the end of the first half, resulting in a Notre Dame possession.

There were three consecutive fumbles resulting in turnovers, with possession going from the Irish, back to Louisville, then back to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame had the final say in the second quarter, cashing in on Louisville’s turn over with a touchdown leaving the score 21-14.

Both teams relied on their rushing game, with Notre Dame running 183 yards and Louisville running 161 yards in the first half.

The Cardinals were halted at the beginning of the second half after a fumble turn-over with the Irish taking the ball.

The Irish scored another touchdown in the third, leaving Louisville at a 14 point deficit. Despite Notre Dame widening their lead, Louisville’s defense kept up their heads up.

Going into the fourth quarter Louisville scored a field goal to narrow the Irish’s lead. Depth became a sizable issue with Louisville as players tired out against Notre Dame’s seemingly bottomless roster.

Coming back, Notre Dame scored another touchdown putting the score 35-17.

The Cards showed they are willing to compete with a revitalized energy from new coaching. Major weaknesses over the game were found in fumbling and turn overs which gave Notre Dame more opportunities to score.

Louisville will play Eastern Kentucky University at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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Satterfield’s ‘playmakers’ to look out for in 2019 Tuesday, Aug 27 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

While this is not going to be the year of a Louisville Heisman trophy winner, Louisville will have plenty of opportunities for plays.

On the receiving game, sophomore “Tutu” Chatarius Atwell will be looking to build off of his 406 yards and two scores from the 2018 season.

“Strength wise I think Tutu Atwell will be a great player for us. He’s very dynamic with the ball in his hands, he is extremely fast and can make a lot of things happen,” said head coach Scott Satterfield.

Junior wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick will be coming back in 2019 after having 422 receiving yards and three touchdowns from the last year.

“Dez is going to be really big for us as well, he is a strong guy that can run and catch,” Satterfield said.

Junior quarterback Jawan Pass will be starting for Louisville again this season. Satterfield said that quick processing is the key when playing quarterback since things can happen fast. Pass had a 54 percent pass completion rate last season and is looking to run the ball more in 2019.

The running game is going to be emphasized under Satterfield. Sophomore Hasan Hall will be making plays as running back. Last season he contributed three touchdowns off of 303 rushing yards.

“We have a lot of depth in running back and we’re going to need that, they are going to get carries,” Satterfield said.

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Sports staff predicts Louisville’s 2019 football record Monday, Aug 26 2019 

Gabriel Wiest– (4-8)

The 2019 football season will not be a break-out year by any means. With a fresh coaching staff, players will still be adjusting to new offensive and defensive schemes. There are many questions to be answered on how the new coaches will fair their first season with the Cards, and I have reserved expectations. The last season left players feeling defeated, while I think coaches have been working to combat this, I do not think it will be enough for ACC play.

Guest predictions

Dalton Ray– (5-7)

The new style of play — attacking defense and lean on the run — will fend well for this group, but likely won’t hit six wins. U of L’s talented receiving core can help the uncertainty at quarterback and their athletic linebackers can shore up some holes from the questionable defensive line. Hassan Hall, Javian Hawkins and Dae Williams have a lot to prove at running back. Satterfield can use their advantage at wide out to open up running lanes and likely will dabble in football’s latest trend of run-pass-option plays. The team can fluctuate from two and five wins, I’ll take the latter to switch up predictions.

Matt Bradshaw — (3-9)

A great coaching change and positive outlook for the future may bring an air of hope to Louisville football, but it won’t necessarily bring wins. While the 2019 season will certainly not be as bad as the last one, the Cardinals still have a ton of room to improve and a lot to prove. Their ACC schedule will be tough, and they will be hard-pressed for every win other than in-state opponents early in the year. I see the Cards scrapping together three wins on the schedule, maybe one or two more if their opponents slip in any way.

Matthew Keck — (2-10)

With a new coach on board I think morale around the program will be up but it won’t be enough to turn the program around first year. There will be a lot of struggles getting used to a new coaching scheme and when the Cards are on the road is when this will really show. The cards will pull out a couple home victories and possibly one neutral site game but I don’t see them taking home any road games this season.

Mariam Prieto-Perez — (4-8)

Louisville’s greatest strength is with their receiving game. But when looking defensively, that has the most room for growth. The new head coach, Scott Satterfield will focus more on defense, with him bringing his defense coordinator from App. State. I’m interested to see how the players and coaches work together under the new leadership.

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Previewing the 2019 Louisville football defense Wednesday, Jul 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Coming off of a harsh football season (2-10) and the end-season removal of former head coach Bobby Petrino, expectations for the 2019 season are unsteady.

While at Appalachian State, new head coach Scott Satterfield led the Mountaineers to a 47-16 career record over five seasons. The 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year is also 3-0 in bowl games.

With the introduction of Satterfield, there will be a heightened focus on defense. Satterfield brought along Bryan Brown, his defensive coordinator from App. State, to Louisville.

In 2018, the Mountaineers were at the top of the national defense standings, ranking fourth in scoring defense (15.5 points per game) and fifth in passing defense. Louisville on the other hand ranked No. 127 in scoring defense, allowing 44.1 points per game.

Brown brings an attacking 3-4 defensive scheme. While there are new rising names, expect familiar players such as junior linebackers Dorian Etheridge and CJ Avery. The duo will be vital to bringing the high flying defensive rhythm to life.

While Avery and Etheridge had a combined 111 tackles last season, senior safety Khane Pass brings another 54 tackles into the mix. South Carolina transfer Boosie Whitlow is expected to make plays in the outside linebacker position.

In addition to Pass playing in his final season, the secondary received a boost when junior Russ Yeast decided not to transfer the last season.

The defensive line has the most to prove in the 2019 season. Redshirt senior G.G. Robinson will be expected to anchor the line.

Similar to last season, the Cardinals will have a tough first game against Notre Dame. Last year, Louisville lost 51-14 to powerhouse Alabama.

Louisville’s season kicks off Monday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium.

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