Good afternoon Card Nation. The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the Miami Hurricanes for the Howard Schnellenberger Trophy (A Boot, NOT a Pipe) and a spot in the ACC Championship game vs FSU. The notes for this game are real simple, WIN and You’re IN!!! That is definitely easier said than done, Louisville is 0-6-1 all time vs Miami in Coral Gable, FL. The Cards need to take care of the ball and get off to a fast start to come away with a victory, and make Coach Brohm the first coach in program history to have 10 wins in his 1st year.
Louisville came out and forced a quick 3-and-out on defense. They then got the ball and converted on a huge 4th & 2 that led to a Plummer-to-Nate Kurisky touchdown that gave the Cards an early 7-0 lead. On Miami’s 2nd possession, they was able to connect on 2 big plays on their way to tying the game at 7. Louisville’s 2nd possession, in contrast, ended with an interception by Plummer that lead to a touchdown by Miami. Louisville answered Miami’s touchdown with a 16-yard touchdown run by Isaac Guerendo to tie the game at 14. Louisville and Miami were tied at 14 heading into the 2nd quarter.
The second quarter started with Louisville looking very disinterested. The Cards moved the ball all the way to the 7 yard line, but had to settle for a missed a 17-yard field goal. On Louisville’s last possession of of the half, they were able to move the ball down the field and score a touchdown. Brock Travelstead’s extra point was blocked. Louisville trailed Miami 20-21 at the half.
Passing Yards: 152
Rushing Yards: 100
T.Os: 1 (INT)
On Louisville’s first possession, they were able to move the ball in between the 20s heading but had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by new kicker Nick Lopez, replacing a struggling Brock Travelstead. The Cards defense appeared to have came away with a huge stop, but the drive was given new life because of a facemask flag. Miami capitalized on the extra opportunity with a touchdown and took 28-23 lead heading into the final quarter of regulation.
Louisville started the quarter with a much needed touchdown and a 2-pt conversion to go up 31-28 early in the quarter. Miami marched down the field and tied the game with a field goal of their own. Like they’ve done all half, Louisville answered the Miami scoring drive with one of their own. Plummer connected with Kevin Coleman Jr for a 58-yard catch-and-run for the touchdown to put Louisville up 38-31. On the ensuing possession, Louisville came up with a 4th down stop in goal-to-go situation to keep Miami off of the score board. The Cards beat Miami 38-31.
Post Game Notes:
Louisville improves to 10-1 and clinches a spot in the ACC Championship game against FSU in Charlotte. Coach Brohm gets win number 10, behind a very good performance from his quarterback Jack Plummer. Plummer threw for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 1 INT. Louisville was able to do just enough on the ground to keep Miami honest and Jack made them pay. The Louisville defense didn’t have their typical game, but the offense and special team held it down for them. Today was only the second time the Cards allowed any points in the 1st quarter. The Louisville defense did have a huge sack, and a couple of big 4th down stops in this win. Well folks, it is now Rivalry Week. The Cards next opponent is the team up the road that wears blue and calls Alabama, Auburn, and Tennessee daddy. The people who constantly throw L’s down, even when they aren’t playing Louisville (we live rent free in their head). Yeah, those folks. #GoCards #Beatuk
Recap & highlights from the Cards 38-31 win over Miami!
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