Birds Best Bulls, as Boston-bound Battle Brews Wednesday, Sep 28 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Louisville football took care of business Saturday afternoon to close out the main part of their non-conference schedule.

Family Fun for All

In what head coach Scott Satterfield described in his Sept. 27th press conference as “the most complete game yet,” U of L picked up a much-needed 41-3 win against the University of South Florida at home on “Parent’s Weekend”. 

5th-year senior Malik Cunningham had another outstanding game against the Bulls, recording 186 yards on 14-22 passing attempts with a touchdown. Second-string junior Brock Domann also saw playing time on Saturday, as he put up 73 yards on 5-8 passing attempts. 

11 wide receivers caught passes on Saturday as the 2 quarterbacks were able to spread the ball all across the field. 

The more impressive part of game Malik’s game was yet again on the ground, as he ended up rushing for 113 yards on 9 carries with 3 touchdowns. 6 other players saw touches on the ground Saturday, giving some younger players valued experience for the future.

Averaging 6.2 yards per carry while recording 4 touchdowns on the ground, the ground game followed upon the success of the passing game, by putting up 283 yards on 46 attempts.  The defense did their part on Saturday as well, as they forced 3 turnovers while allowing only 158 yards and a field goal. 

The Next Step

If Satterfield and company really want to make a run at a post-season bowl game, they need to pull out some results over the next two weeks on the road to solidify any chance. The Cardinals head into their main slate of ACC play now, and start by traveling to Boston on Saturday to face off with the Eagles. 

The Cards come into Saturday as heavy favorites with some analysts chalking this up as a Louisville win. 

Following the trip to Boston, the team takes a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia to battle with UVA; another game that, if Louisville shows up and plays well, should be able to travel home with a win. 

This would mark the halfway point in the season for Satterfield and the team, who are hoping they can enter the second half of the season with a 4-2 record. 

Starting to See Success

Results like these are very possible if the Cardinals show up in the next two weeks. 

There are still a few lingering issues – limiting the pre-snap penalties on all sides of the ball, limiting the opposing offense’s ability to run the ball while not missing tackles in the open field, and getting Malik more and more comfortable in the passing game. He only has 2 passing touchdowns to this point, while giving away 3 interceptions. 

If the Cards can limit these mistakes they will have a real possibility to be 2 wins away from bowl game talk with 6 games left in the season. 

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U of L football ends season with loss to UK Monday, Nov 29 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 27, U of L football had their final home game against the Kentucky Wildcats and lost with a final score of 52-21.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to second half. UK received while U of L defended the south goal.

After just three minutes, UK made their first touchdown of the night. However, U of L quickly caught up when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed up the middle for a gain of two yards, scoring a touchdown. This put both teams at a tie of 7-7, but UK scored a touchdown with only 01:18 on the clock.

During the second quarter, UK continued to dominate the field. The Wildcats made two additional touchdowns, and the Cards continued to struggle scoring. U of L went into halftime with a score of 24-7.

After halftime, U of L attempted to catch up to UK. However, UK scored two more touchdowns, putting the score at 38-7 going into the last quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, UK made another touchdown two minutes in. However, U of L pushed back when sophomore quarterback Evan Conley made a complete pass up the middle for eight yards to redshirt senior wide-receiver Josh Johnson, scoring a touchdown for Louisville.

Both teams scored two more touchdowns before the end of the fourth quarter. However, UK ultimately won the Battle of the Bluegrass.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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Local College Football Teams Headed To Postseason Bowls Monday, Dec 9 2019 

The college football bowl selections have been announced for area programs.

Louisville will take on Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville.

The Cardinals qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2017 under new coach Scott Satterfield.

The Bulldogs had to win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible for a 10th straight year.

The Kentucky Wildcats will make their first appearance in the Belk Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they will face Virginia Tech. This will be the 20th meeting between the two schools, and first since 1987. The Wildcats lead the series 11-6 with two games ending in ties.

Indiana is set to face Tennessee in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 2. The Hoosiers are enjoying one of their best seasons in decades. They’ve won eight games for the first time since 1993. If they beat the Volunteers, they will have nine wins for the first time since 1967.

Western Kentucky and Western Michigan will meet in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on Dec. 30 in Dallas. The Hilltoppers went 8-4 this season after finishing 3-9 last year.