Louisville Football Is On A Winning Streak Sunday, Sep 26 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On September 25, the Louisville Cardinal’s football team played an away game against the Florida State Seminoles. Louisville won with a final score of 31-23.

At the start of the game, Florida State won the coin toss and made the decision to defer while Louisville received. This worked out in U of L’s favor, when they made a touchdown with 13:37 on the clock. Junior, redshirt quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to redshirt sophomore, wide receiver Tyler Harrell for 59 yards and scored for the Cards.

U of L continued to score throughout the remaining of the first quarter. With 7:27 on the clock, sophomore kicker James Turner made a successful field goal attempt for 44 yards. Shortly after, Cunningham rushed for four yards and made a touchdown with 1:14 on the clock.

During the second quarter, Florida State attempted to catch up when they scored a touchdown with 13:30 on the clock, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. Louisville scored another two touchdowns with the help of Cunningham; putting Louisville at a score of 31-13 going into halftime.

During the third quarter, the Seminoles were able to score another touchdown. However, Louisville remained stagnant in the third quarter with a score of 31-20.

By the fourth quarter, neither teams were able to score a touchdown. However, Florida State made a successful field goal attempt; bringing the game to a final score of 31-23.

Louisville football will have another away game on Saturday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell// Louisville Cardinal 

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U of L baseball walks away with a loss against Florida State Sunday, Apr 11 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team played against the Florida State Seminoles on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L lost with a final score of 5-8.

U of L sophomore Luke Seed was the starting pitcher. He was able to pitch for four innings and make four strikeouts during his time on the mound. However, seven hits were also made by Florida State from his pitches. This put U of L behind both offensively and defensively throughout the game.

Florida State started the game off with many great hits. They scored at the top of the second inning as well as the top of the fourth. U of L continued to lag behind until the bottom of the fifth inning.

During the bottom of the fifth inning, U of L made 4 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun to right field and three players were able to score: junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman, sophomore catcher Henry Davis and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman.

Still, Florida State continued to lead when they scored once during the top of the sixth inning and five times during the top of the eighth inning. U of L continued to not score until the bottom of the ninth inning.

U of L attempted to catch up to Florida State. Binelas made another homerun to left center during the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

“I didn’t think we played very well tonight,” said head coach Dan McDonnell during a postgame interview. “It’s amazing. We’re six outs away from a victory, but defensively we don’t play well.”

U of L will play against Florida State again today at 4:00 p.m. in hopes of having more motivation to win.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics

U of L baseball wins against Florida State during extra inning Saturday, Apr 10 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team faced the Florida State Seminoles on April 9 at Jim Patterson Stadium and won with a final score of 4-3. The game had a slow start as both teams struggled offensively. Nonetheless, Louisville was able to pick things up towards the final inning of the game.

The starting pitcher for U of L was junior Michael Kirian. The star player successfully pitched for the first seven innings, made 10 strike outs and had a pitching total of 91. Following Kirian’s pitching, senior Adam Elliott took over during the last three innings of the game and had 5 strikeouts during his short time on the mound. This is what ultimately led to the win.

No scores were made for either team during the first five innings of the game. For this reason, U of L struggled until the bottom of the sixth inning. Finally, one RBI was made when junior outfielder Luke Brown singled to the pitcher. It wasn’t long after when sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman advanced to second, and freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk scored as well.

U of L continued to stay ahead of Florida State when they scored a second time during the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas singled to center field and advanced on a throw. This allowed junior outfielder Luke Brown to advance to third and give Bowman the chance to score. Louisville went into the seventh inning with a three-point lead.

During the top of the seventh inning, Florida State started to score as well. They were able to make 3 RBIs, and this tied the score 3-3.

No scores were made for either team during the eighth and ninth inning; causing the game to go into an extra inning. Luckily, for Louisville, sophomore outfielder Levi Usher singled to center field on an RBI. Sophomore catcher Henry Davis then advanced to third and gave Knapczyk the ability to score. This broke the tie and gave Louisville the win.

“If you notice there’s a couple innings where we had a few fly outs,” said head coach Dan McDonell during a post-game interview. “I think we got a little big during the eighth and ninth and the message going into the 10th was ‘guys we’ve got to stay on the ball and move the ball.’” Because of these encouraging messages made by the coaching staff, Louisville is able to go into tomorrow’s game with a more focused and confident outlook.

U of L will play against Florida State again on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium at 1:00 p.m. (with the possibility of a delay.)

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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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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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