Good evening Card Nation. Coach Jeff Brohm and the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the Virginia Tech Hookies. Today’s game is a game for sole possession of 2nd place in the ACC. The Cards are coming off an impressive 23-0 shutout of the 20th-ranked Duke Blue Devils. They welcomed back Jawhar Jordan, as he rushed for 2 touchdowns and a career high 162 yards. UofL is coming in this game with a lot of injury concerns and game time decisions on offense, Jawhar being one of them. The Cards will be without leading receiver Jamari Thrash and starting corner Jarvis Brownlee jr.
Louisville won the toss and as they’ve done all season, they deferred to the second half. On the first play of the game, Louisville brought the pressure and got a sack for a loss of 10 yards, on their way to forcing a 3-and-out. They took advantage of starting on the positive side of the field, with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan. The defense pitched yet another first quarter shutout as the Louisville offense was once again on the move as the quarter ended. The Cards led 7-0 heading into the 2nd quarter.
Isaac Guerendo got the scoring started in the quarter with a 39-yard TD run, giving UofL a 14-0 lead with 14:46 remaining in the quarter. The Cards saw a 60-yard TD run by Guerendo walked back because of a phantom holding call, but were still able to get into scoring position before Brock Travelstead missed a 31-yard field goal. UofL led 14-3 at the half.
Passing Yards: 83
Rushing Yards: 130
Louisville went 3-and-out on their first possession of the quarter and had to punt the ball away, but like they’ve done most of the game, the defense came out and forced the Hokies to have to punt the ball back to Louisville. After starting with good field position, Plummer was able to connect with Jadon Thompson for a 37-yard TD pass to give the Cards a 21-3 lead. TJ Quinn came away with the interception off of the Storm Duck deflection. Isaac Guerendo turned the interception into 6 points with his 12-yard touchdown run to put the Cards up 27-3 (extra point missed) heading into the final quarter of regulation.
The Louisville defense continued to play fast and disciplined football. They were also able to get in some much needed reps for the back-ups, who also played well. Isaac Guerendo added to his total with a 36-yard touchdown run to put the Cards up 34-3 with 8:16 remaining in the game. Louisville finished the game with Brock Domann in at quarterback as the Cards beat Virginia Tech 34-3.
Post Game Notes:
The Cards improve to 8-1 and are another step closer to claiming a spot in the ACC Championship game against presumably FSU. On a day where Louisville was without their leading receiver, Plummer had another efficient game and managed the game well. Jordan was a game time decision and was able to carry the ball 14 time for 57 yards and a touchdown, but Isaac Guerendo had himself a field day with 11 carries for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense for the Cards turned in another stellar performance. Thry were able to shutdown any and everything VT tried to do on offense. The defense held VT to under 200 yards of total offense. Louisville is at home again Thursday November 9th at 7:30 as they square off against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Recap & highlights from the Cards 34-3 win over Virginia Tech!
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