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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Georgia Tech v. Louisville Saturday, Oct 10 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Oct. 9. The Cardinals (1-2) traveled to face the Yellow Jackets (1-2) for their third in-conference matchup of the season. Louisville went into Bobby Dodd Stadium looking to avenge their loss at Pittsburgh last week.

U of L’s offense came out strong early on in the game. Junior Malik Cunningham tossed a 3-yard touchdown to sophomore Marshon Ford to put the Cardinals on the board. In the second quarter, Cunningham continued the scoring of the Cardinals with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Junior Tutu Atwell caught a pass from Cunningham to put the Cardinals up 21-7 midway through the second quarter. U of L led Georgia Tech 21-14 going into halftime.

Cunningham continued his stellar performance by putting the Cardinals on the board in the third quarter via an 11-yard rushing touchdown. Louisville led 27-26 going into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter was all Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets put up three touchdowns to close out the Cardinals 46-27.

Cunningham completed 19 of his 33 passes and threw for three touchdowns over 229 yards. Ford caught 5 passes for 89 yards throughout the night. Senior Dez Fitzpatrick caught a single pass for 36 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back Oct. 17 when they trek to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish.

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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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Satterfield scores bowl game first season Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

With a 34-20 win against NC State, head coach Scott Satterfield secured bowl game eligibility his first season with Louisville.

After taking a harsh 52-27 loss against Miami, it was unclear if Louisville (6-4, 4-3) could bounce back against another ACC competitor. The away game against NC State added to the challenge. Louisville lost to NC State (4-6, 1-5) last year 52-10, putting pressure on Satterfield to change the tide.

Recap

After a dry first quarter, junior Dez Fitzpatrick caught a 43 yard pass from sophomore Micale Cunningham, putting the Cardinals on the scoreboard first. NC State answered Louisville with a touchdown and a field goal ending the first half in the lead 10-7.

The Cardinals surged in the third quarter against NC State, scoring three touchdowns. Sophomore Tutu Atwell started off the scoring in the second half with a 74 yard catch from Cunningham.

Freshman Marshon Ford continued the momentum with another long 42 yard pass from Cunningham. Graduate Ean Pfeifer ended off the quarter with another touchdown thrown by Cunningham leaving the score 27-10.

NC State answered the Cardinals after a dead third quarter with a touchdown in the beginning of the fourth. Ford then scored his second touchdown for the Cardinals. NC State had the final say, with a field goal, not enough to put the Wolfpack on top.

Overview

Cunningham helped lead the Cardinals to victory throwing four touchdown passes. The offense also took a passing heavy approach against NC State, passing 249 yards while rushing 77 yards.

On the book Louisville had less total yards than NC State with 377-326. However, Louisville’s defense tightened down in the red zone, making sure that NC State could not take advantage of the defensive line as other teams have this season.

With a 2-10 season last year, it is clear that Satterfield is taking steps in the right direction with the Cardinals already at .500 ball. Before the season started some Louisville fans were skeptical how the Satterfield era would look. With bowl game eligibility, Satterfield has not only secured fans’s concerns, but put Louisville in a growing spotlight.

Louisville will face off next against Syracuse Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. 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.

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