The University of Louisville Football team snapped a two-game losing skid on Saturday after defeating Boston College 28-14. The Cardinals saw success all afternoon on the ground and made life tough for the opposition in all facets of the game. After starting the season 4-0, the Eagles have now lost the opening three matchups in ACC play.
Both offenses has their fair share of struggles to get anything going early on in this one. Boston College’s Alec Sinkfield broke the scoreless tie with his 10-yard touchdown run. However, Malik Cunningham and the Cardinals answered immediately with a seven-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run from Cunningham.
Highlights & recap from the Cards 28-14 win over Boston College.
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Despite getting a pair of three-and-outs, the Cardinals failed to capitalize as the offense turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions (Hassan Hall fumble, Cunningham interception).
Midway through the second quarter, Cunningham found the end zone again, this time from one-yard out to give Louisville a 14-7 lead. On the scoring drive, he became the 17th player in program history with over 2,000 yards rushing. Cunningham also tied Eric Shelton for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in Louisville history (30). Jalen Mitchell increased the lead with a five-yard touchdown run right before the first half ended.
Louisville entered halftime with a 21-7 lead, but it felt like the deficit could’ve been more considering the three turnovers. Coming into the matchup, the Eagles had only given up 126.5 rushing yards per game. Through the first two quarters, the Cardinals recorded 202 yards on the ground.
A steady rainfall in the second half made things sloppy for both offenses in the third quarter, as neither team was able to put together a sustainable drive.
The Eagles began their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, driving the ball inside the Louisville ten yard line, but an interception by Josh Minkins Jr in the end zone halted the threat.
However, running back Trevion Cooley fumbled on the very next play to give the Eagles the ball right back. Boston College answered shortly after when Grosel found Jalen Gill in the end zone on fourth-and-goal to cut the Louisville lead to seven.
Having not been able to get anything going in the second half, the Louisville offense put together a crucial drive that ended in Cunningham’s third touchdown on the day.
A fumble on the following possession sealed the deal for Louisville. Both teams combined for a staggering seven turnovers on Saturday.
Overall, the Cardinals eclipsed 400 yards of total offense (rushing). Cunningham finished with only 107 yards passing, but 133 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Cooley and Mitchell rushed for 112 and 67 yards, respectively.
Louisville moves to 4-3 on the season (2-2 ACC) and will travel to Raleigh next weekend to take on NC State at 7:30 PM next Saturday.