Friday Night Recap: Jaylin Alderman’s Interception Puts Louisville Past Central Florida

In a back-and-forth classic at Cardinal Stadium on Friday night, Louisville true freshman Jaylin Alderman intercepted a pass from Dillon Gabriel late in the fourth quarter and took it 66 yards to put the Cardinals past the Golden Knights 35-28. In perhaps the biggest game in Scott Satterfield’s tenure, the home team claimed a monumental victory.

After failing to convert on fourth-and-one in their own territory and witnessing the Golden Knights rip off a quick two-play 41-yard scoring drive in 13 seconds, it seemed like the Cardinals were in for a long night. However, the Louisville offense had different plans.

A seven-yard rushing touchdown brought the Cardinals level, capping off a 10-play drive that spanned 94 yards. The teams then took turns trading blow for blow, until Cunningham found Marshon Ford for a one-yard score right before the half to give Louisville a 21-14 halftime lead.

Central Florida answered the call immediately with Ryan O’Keefe completing a trick-play pass Dillon Gabriel, who ran into the end zone untouched from 20 yards out.

Marshon Ford’s stellar catch placed the Cardinals inside the five-yard line, and Cunningham ran it in for his second rushing touchdown of the night to re-take the lead in the third quarter.

That lead did not last long however, as Gabriel’s touchdown strike to Brandon Johnson tied the game up at 28 early in the fourth quarter. On par with this game, Louisville answered with a trick play pass from Braden Smith to a wide-open Trevion Cooley down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown.

Gabriel’s six-yard score knotted the game up at 35 with 1:21 left to play in the game, giving the Cardinal offense plenty of time to conduct a game-winning drive.

After turning the ball over in their own territory, Louisville returned the favor with a 66-yard pick-six from Alderman that put the Cardinals over the top for good.


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