Good evening, Card Nation. Coach Jeff Brohm and the 14th-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in Pittsburgh. Pitt leads the all time series 10-9. Coach Brohm is 0-3 all-time vs Pitt. Louisville is coming off an impressive victory over Notre Dame. This Pitt team is better than their record and is very dangerous at home. The Cards look to stay undefeated heading into the bye week.
The Cards won the toss and as they have done all year, deferred until the second half. The defense came out and forced a 3-and-out to give the offense the ball with momentum. Louisville marched down the field and took an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown connection between Plummer and Chris Bell. Pitt was able to match Louisville’s touchdown throw with a touchdown pass of their own. Louisville and Pitt were tied 7-7 heading into the 2nd quarter.
The Cards struck first in the quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Guerendo to take a 14-7 lead with 11:43 left to go in the quarter. The Louisville defense was able to keep the Pitt offense in check for most of the quarter. A red zone turnover by Plummer gave not only the ball back to Pittsburgh, but also gave them momentum. Pitt drove the length of the field and tied the game at 14 with a 1-yard run of their own with 1:23 remaining in the half. Louisville, however, was able to answer with a 7-play drive that was capped off with another Guerendo touchdown run, this time from 5 yards out. Louisville led the Panthers 21-14 at the half.
Passing Yards: 151
Rushing Yards: 72
The Cards came out of the locker room and got stuffed on a 4th-and-1. The Louisville defense was able to hold the Panthers to 3 points. That was just the start of a really bad quarter for Louisville, especially the offense. The Louisville defense gave up 10 points in the quarter and Plummer threw an 86-yard pick six as Louisville was threatening to get some points. Louisville trailed 31-21 heading into the final quarter of regulation.
The quarter started off as more of the same of the previous quarter. Louisville moved the ball down the field and then turned it over. Louisville struggled to find any kind of offensive consistency in the 2nd half.
Post Game Notes:
The Cards suffer their first loss of the season and fall to 6-1. Louisville struggled in every phased of the game tonight; offense, defense, special teams, and coaching. Jawhar Jordan couldn’t finish the game due to a hamstring injury. Thrash’s wrist injury definitely hampered his play and Plummer struggled with the pressure all night. Louisville heads into the bye week at the perfect time to get some rest and get healthy before finishing the season.