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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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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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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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.

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U of L welcomes Michael Lattin as the new PA announcer for Cardinal football Tuesday, Sep 15 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Michael Lattin has taken the seat as the new public address announcer at Cardinal Stadium.

Lattin came to the University of Louisville from WAVE news where he was a television producer. He was selected as the new PA announcer over 50 other potential candidates. Lattin made his first appearance Sept. 12 when the Cardinals hosted Western Kentucky University at Cardinal Stadium.

Lattin looks to make an early impression with the Cardinals. He replaces the longtime U of L PA announcer Sean Moth. Moth served as announcer for the Cardinals for 21 years but opted to resign in August after being furloughed earlier this year to financial restraints put on the university by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new voice of the Cardinals came with a long list of experience that qualified him for this position. Over the past 18 years, Lattin has gather experience behind the microphone. From video voice work to a variety of broadcasting jobs, Lattin has plenty of experience with Cardinals sports.

Lattin was the former voice for the U of L marching band from 1998-2000. He helped instrumentalists perform during halftime shows at U of L football games. Lattin also produced “Inside the Cards” for WAVE news and interviewed a handful of Louisville coaches over the past decade.

He will make his second career appearance as the Cardinals’ new PA announcer on Sept.19 when the Cardinals welcome the University of Miami to town. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

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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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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear limits Cardinal football games to 12,000 fans Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the University of Louisville home football games cannot exceed 12,000 fans. This announcement by Beshear comes only two weeks after U of L announced its own plan that would limit capacity at Cardinal Stadium to 18,000 fans.

Beshear also made adjustments to the safety precautions Cardinal Stadium planned to implement, including tailgating and parking lot restrictions.

The reduction in fans takes Cardinal Stadium down to 20% capacity. U of L plans to host a total of six games in Cardinal Stadium this football season.

“It’s a 20 percent capacity with everybody spread out and only sitting next to family units. [U of L] worked pretty well with us. They started out in a different place, but at the end of the day, they showed commitment,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced that tailgating will be banned and masks will need to be worn at all times, even while sitting in the stands. Temperature checks will be conducted at all entrances. If a temperature reads 100.4 or higher, attendees will be directed to a cool-down tent. After ten minutes, attendees in the cool-down tent will have their temperature checked again.

The UPS Flight Deck, Adidas Club and Norton Healthcare Terrace will all be closed to fans.

Fans and season ticket holders await a detailed media tour of Cardinal Stadium this week. The Cardinals will be hosting Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

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U of L has double standards when it comes to protests Thursday, Sep 3 2020 

By Zachary Baker–

This year has been a chaotic year for many of us, but especially so for the African American community. With the many killings of unarmed people by the police, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been in the national spotlight. Louisville has seen months of protests demanding justice for the killing of Louisville resident Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

One of the protests, held right by Cardinal Stadium on Aug. 25, had an interesting response from the U of L administration which seemed almost hypocritical to their statements of support for the movement. 

When the group of protesters formed sometime after 3 p.m., several emails went out through the university’s RAVE system—normally used to alert students to robberies or other dangers on campus. 

The university sent the emails to alert students to the protests forming. They recommended students and faculty avoid the area. 

“University leadership has been monitoring the news surrounding potential upcoming protests in our city, including a planned demonstration today at 2 p.m.,” President Bendapudi wrote in an email to students Aug. 25.

The emails that followed were to ensure that students were aware of law enforcement presence in the area and that arrests were made—though the protest remained peaceful. The emails came in one after another so that students were frequently updated. There were a total of 4 emails. 

While this may not seem like too much of an issue, it is a strange position to take. They’re telling students to “avoid the area” of a protest against police violence while also defending the position of the protestors. 

But let’s compare this protest to the primarily-white gun march on campus in 2017. The gun march saw students carrying semi-automatic rifles around campus in the wake of several mass shootings across the campus and even the deaths of students around campus from gun violence. 

The university’s approach was to keep young children inside. But they did not warn the campus of any dangers around the event despite the involvement of weapons.

In fact, the campus did not limit the protests too much. Matthew Glowicki, a writer for The Courier-Journal, wrote that people drove by honking or showing support for the march.

Shelby Brown, former Louisville Cardinal Editor-in-Chief said that students were concerned by the march, with several people believing the march was to intimidate students on campus and to show a sense of dominance with the weapons. 

Despite the gun march’s involvement of active weapons and close proximity to campus, it was treated similarly to how we allow religious groups on campus to operate. Compare that reaction to how the university treated the BLM protest by Cardinal Stadium. The university treated it as if it was a danger to students and required immediate police intervention. 

We can’t be sure that this difference is due to the racial differences or the change in the administration since then. But the difference between the public language of the university when promoting racial justice and their language when alerting students to racial protests on campus is concerning.

We can hope that the university considers how the differences in their language affects how the student body trusts them and their actions.

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