Your Louisville Cardinals came into yesterday’s game 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference. They were coming off a very gutsy 24-10 victory over Pittsburgh last week. Coach Scott Satterfield was looking for his first 3-game winning streak as the Louisville head coach. Wake Forest was ranked #10 in the country entering the game, but Louisville has always played them tough. One could argue that if it hadn’t been for some horrendous blunders by the officials, Coach Satterfield would own Wake Forest.
Louisville received the ball first and moved it well, but had to settle for a James Turner 29-yard field goal. The defense then forced WF into a 3-and-out their first time out. Louisville was able to stop the Wake Forest offense again and added another 39-yard field goal by James Turner, to take a 6-0 lead into the 2nd quarter.
Both teams traded touchdowns to begin the quarter, Louisville led 13-7 early. A Cards 3-and-out on offense and few bad breaks for the Louisville defense, allowed Wake to take a 14-13 midway through the quarter. Louisville had multiple field goal opportunities to retake the lead, but penalties negated the first two tries and Turner missed the 3rd attempt. The Demon Deacons led 14-13 heading into intermission.
BOOM!!! The events of the 3rd were fast and furious. The 3rd quarter was nothing like we’ve seen before, it was almost NCAA 14 College Football-like. It started with a pick six by the Louisville defense. Then a Tiyon Evans 52-yard touchdown run gave the Cards a 27-14 lead. The next four possessions for the Demon Deacs went like this; fumble, fumble, interception, and fumble. Before you knew it, Louisville was up 41-14. Quincy Riley had a 90-yard interception return to end the quarter and put the Cards up 48-14, heading into the fourth quarter. Louisville went on a 35-0 run in the quarter, BOOM!!!
There were a lot of reps for the second team players to get their feet wet, especially on defense. The Cards kept up the intensity all quarter. Quincy picked off his 2nd pass of the game in the endzone, but fumbled on the return. Wake Forest backup quarterback Mitch Griffis was able to capitalize with a touchdown pass of his own. The Demon Deacons had no solution for the aggressive Louisville defense in the second half. Louisville forced 8 turnovers (4 INTs & 4 forced fumbles). They also had 8 sacks in the 48-21 thrashing of #10 Wake Forest.
Passing: 15-23 164 yards (Malik Cunningham)
Rushing: 11-106 yards 1 TD (Tiyon Evans)
The Cards are back at home vs James Madison at 7:30 pm, November 5th.