The Cards Drop Another ACC Game as FSU Comes to Town Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Louisville Football drops a game that many thought they should have won. 

The Cards seemed to have an answer for everything the Seminoles threw at them. Louisville responded with two touchdowns in the first quarter, after originally going down 7-0 to start the game. 

The Cardinals went into the half holding a 7 point lead over Florida State, with the score 21-14. 

Quarterback Malik Cunningham was having an exceptional game up to this point. He showcased both sides of his game—passing and running. 

The Cardinal offense were without starting running back Tiyon Evans and second string Jalen Mitchell. 

Backs Trevion Cooley and Jawhar Jordan picked up the load that was left for them. Both combined for over 160 yards all-purpose yards, with Cooley breaking into the in zone twice. 

The Issues

Two narratives about Louisville continue to be the story on the field. Similar to the thoughts of many fans and experts last week, tackling seems to lead to the downfall of the defense. On top of that, penalties are another huge issue that puts the team a leg behind. 

Louisville has started this season committing 29 penalties for 204 yards just 3 weeks in. 

Head coach Scott Satterfield addressed the self-inflicted wounds in his press conference September 20th.  

Satterfield stated,“It’s the pre-snap penalties that really effect you. Being offsides, false starts, those types of things. We have to get better at that.”

The Change

The Cards looked in total control over the Seminoles, as former Cardinal, Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis exited the game with a leg injury. FSU brought in their backup with minimal experience.

Florida States backup, Tate Rodemaker felt the pressure early from the Cardinal defense. Rodemaker was sacked three times and threw an interception. 

Rodemaker was eventually able to turn around his performance, to lead the ‘Noles to comeback and take the lead in the final minutes. While doing so, Rodemaker threw for two impressive touchdowns to Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson. 

Wilson put up pretty impressive numbers himself. Ending the game with seven receptions, 149 yards and two touchdowns. 

Satterfield was questioned in his post game press conference about matching up against Wilson. 

“Is that the big guy? Thats what made him so difficult. He’s 6’7 200 and something pounds,” Satterfield said  

Cunningham and the Cardinal offense had to chance to close the game out with a touchdown to win the game getting the ball back with 1:37 left on the clock. 

The offense was able to move the ball up to the Louisville 46, as the fan base regained hope with the clock dwindling under a minute. 

Then, a costly decision by the fifth-year starter ended the comeback attempt. FSU picked off Malik with 37 seconds left to close out the Cards. 

Full Circle

With this result the Louisville faithful return to the same attitude they had after the Syracuse game. Furthermore, the same question remains: 

How much longer does Satterfield have if he continues to churn out these atrocious results? 

The Cards are back in action this Saturday to right the ship at Cardinal Stadium before starting ACC play. 

They host University of South Florida at noon back in front of Card Nation. 

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Louisville handles Florida State 48-16 Monday, Oct 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals blew out the Florida State Seminoles 48-16. U of L football has struggled in its last four games and rebounded well against the Seminoles. They settle down Florida State who entered their bout with Cardinals on cloud nine after upsetting No. 5 North Carolina last week.

Florida State got the game started with a touchdown only a couple of minutes into regulation. The Cardinals responded with ten minutes left in the first quarter via a nine-yard touchdown run by sophomore Javian Hawkins. Two minutes later, Hawkins turned in a highlight play in form of a 70-yard touchdown run, putting the Cardinals up 14-7. The Cardinals were able to sneak in another touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter when junior Malik Cunningham completed a pass to senior Ean Pfeifer for a 13-yard touchdown.

At the 12:47 mark in the second quarter, Cunningham completed a bomb to sophomore Tutu Atwell for the 58-yard touchdown pass. A couple of minutes before halftime junior James Turner chipped a 28-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 31-14 at the half.

Hawkins scored his third touchdown to start the Cardinals off in the third quarter. Then, with only two minutes left in the third, U of L forced a safety on the Seminoles to put the Cardinals up 38-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Cardinals. Turner booted a 39-yard field goal only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Atwell grabbed his second touchdown after a two-yard run. Louisville snapped their four-game winning-streak in spectacular fashion with a 32-point blowout.

Cunningham was 16-24 on his passes, throwing for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hawkins totaled 171 yards on 16 carries. Atwell had a whopping 3 receptions for 129 yards.

U of L will faceoff with No. 19 Virginia Tech on Oct. 31.

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College GameDay heads to Cardinal Stadium for U of L vs. Miami Monday, Sep 14 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Cardinal Stadium will be opening its doors to College GameDay and ESPN for the University of Louisville’s home game against the Miami Hurricanes Sept. 19. This is the third time College GameDay has been held at U of L.

The first time the Cardinals hosted College GameDay, they were facing the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles back in 2016. At the hands of the future Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson, U of L rocked the Seminoles 63-20 in that victory, making for one of the most entertaining College GameDay shows in recent years.

“It’s a good feeling that it’ll be a big game, a primetime game. I think for us we have to avoid that distraction and just play us and do us,” sophomore wide receiver Braden Smith said. “We know it’s a big game we have coming and we feel that we have the weapons both offensively and defensively to win that game. So we’ll get back in the lab tomorrow and work on that game.”

The College GameDay crew will be arriving at Cardinal Stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Because of COVID-19 restriction guidelines, fans will not be able to attend the College GameDay show. Tailgating has also been prohibited.

ESPN members Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Maria Taylor and David Pollak will be announcing the College GameDay festivities on Saturday. Herbstreit and Taylor will help call the game when kickoff arrives at 7:30 p.m.

The No. 18 Cardinals (1-0) will seek a victory against the No. 17 Hurricanes (1-0) to move on the season. With a victory on Saturday, Louisville will get a piece of first place in the ACC conference rankings.

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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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