--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals notched their first signature road win against a ranked opponent under Scott Satterfield. The 62-59 win over Wake Forest also snapped a two-game series losing streak against the Demon Deacons.
For the second consecutive week, freshman quarterback Evan Conley took over for Malik Cunningham, and played exceptionally well. He took over for Cunningham with 10:15 in the second quarter, and completed 12 of 18 for 196 yards, two touchdown passes, one rushing, and one interception. Overall, the Cardinals had 520 yards of total offense; 295 through the air.
Javian Hawkins scored the first touchdown of the game with 9:28 left in the first. He rushed for eight yards, capping off a four-play, 28-yard drive. Then, Seth Dawkins caught a 55-yard pass from Cunningham for Louisville’s second score.
Sage Surratt cut Louisville’s lead in half with 1:59 left in the period.
Then, Hassan Hall scored a touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return with 1:45 left in the period.
10 seconds into the second quarter, Tutu Atwell caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham.
Wake Forest scored two consecutive touchdowns in the period. The first was a three-yard pass to Surratt, and the second a one-yard rush by Cade Carney.
Blanton Creque kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:06 in the half.
Dez Fitzpatrick caught a 15-yard touchdown 22 seconds into the second half from Conley. The play was set up by a 63-yard kickoff return by Hassan Hall.
Surratt caught a 47-yard pass with 9:38 left in the third. Hall responded with an 8-yard rushing touchdown with 5:54 left. Then, the game got more interesting.
Nick Sciba kicked a 34-yard field goal with 4:10 left in the third. Jack Freudenthal caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 3:37 left in the game, cutting it to three.
Fitzpatrick caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Conley with 9:14 in the period. Kenneth Walker III responded with a three-yard rushing touchdown with 6:19 left. Creque hit a 36-yard field goal with 5:35 left.
Conley solidified the win with 2:15 left in the game. On 4th and 1, he found a hole in the defense, and rushed for 41 yards and an easy touchdown, giving Louisville a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left.
Sam Hartman scored a one-yard touchdown with just over a minute left. When the Deacons kicked off again, Louisville ran out the clock.
The Cardinals move to 4-2 (2-1 ACC). They will face Clemson next week, October 19th, at 12:30 pm. The game is at Cardinal Stadium.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals look to snap a two-game series losing streak against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons tomorrow.
Coming off an offensive explosion against Boston College last week, Scott Satterfield and Co. travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a prime-time tilt against the undefeated Deacons. The game is at 7:30 pm, and on the ACC Network.
Here’s a rundown of the series history, what the Deacons are doing this season, and what to expect tomorrow:
Louisville has a 4-2 record against the Demon Deacons since they first met in the Orange Bowl on January 2nd, 2007. They opened a series in 2014, and have played every year since. Louisville won the first four matchups, with their latest win on November 12th, 2016. In that game, the Cardinals scored 34 fourth-quarter points to win 44-12.
The win gave the Deacons some fuel, as Wake announced that Louisville had received a copy of the plays Wake Forest were planning to run in the game. In actuality, Tommy Elrod, a former player and radio analyst, gave the playbook to co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway.
Since then, the Cardinals dropped two consecutive games. The Deacons won their first matchup against Louisville on October 28th, 2017, 42-32; and their second on October 27th, 2018 56-35.
What’s happening this season
Wake quarterback Jamie Newman is the ACC’s top-rated passer. He has completed nearly 70 percent of passes, gaining over 1500 yards; and scoring 14 touchdowns with three picks.
Senior wide receivers Scotty Washington and Sage Surrat both have six touchdowns each.
The Deacons outscore opponents 35.8-21. They have converted over 54 percent of third-down conversions, while holding opponents to 26 percent. Their best win was arguably a 24-18 game against North Carolina.
What to expect
Louisville QBs Malik Cunningham and Evan Conley are both healthy for this week. Jawon Pass, on the other hand, is still listed as day-to-day. Cunningham has done well under center, and has completed 65 percent of passes with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Saturday will be the first real ACC road test for the Cardinals. With next week’s matchup against Clemson, the Cardinals may need to play well in order to avoid a two-game losing streak entering a winnable game against Virginia.
The good news is that Louisville is rested, and coming off bye week.
ESPN’s FPI gives Louisville a 30.1 percent chance of victory. Wake Forest has found ways to win, and will be a tough opponent.
This will be a closer game than many expected. Boston College nearly beat Wake Forest, and lost by only a field goal.
Prediction: Boston College 31, Louisville 28
By Nick Stringer
Photographer: Jared Anderson
Saturday marked the first meeting for Satterfield against a decent Boston College team.
The Eagles continued to rely on a dominant ground game, led by star running back AJ Dillon. They entered the week ranked 13th in FBS play, in yards per game (252), with AJ Dillon leading the charge with about 150 yards in three consecutive games. The junior star had his breakout game two years ago at Louisville with a career-high 272 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-42 win.
The game opened with Boston College taking control. It looked like they were going to have their way with Louisville’s defense, but Louisville stripped the ball from Dillon, who fumbled on the 3-yard line. Poor field position for Louisville but, thanks to two huge plays, they were able to create some breathing room and get into striking distance. Mical (Malik) Cunningham drew first blood and scored a touchdown on a small 5 yd QB keep to the right.
Boston College answered right back with a 72 yd TD pass to their TE. It was as if the linebackers didn’t even see, or cover correctly, on the play. When BC gets it going in the air, they will open the field to operate their run-heavy offense.
Louisville brushed it off and did not take long to get it going again. Cunningham took full control of the offense. He was running at the right times and taking shots down the field with his substantially faster wide-outs. He connected with a very talented Seth Dawkins, who ran for a 45 yd touchdown. Louisville desperately needs someone who can burn the whole secondary defense, and Dawkins did it today.
Boston College attempted to gain momentum by capitalizing on an extra point that should have of been bobbled, but instead turned into a 2-point conversion. They now trailed by 6 at the half. Louisville’s defense needs to step it up, even with stopping a forceful Dillon all half.
The Cards came out hot in the second half. They took to the air to stay in the game, thanks to 3 lead wide-outs with 100+ yds each. Louisville seemed to be playing Chinese fire drill with their QB’s because of an injury to Cunningham. Evan Conley capitalized on the opportunity and Satterfield rode with him for every other drive, resulting in two QB’s putting up career highs today. One positive thing we can take away from this game, it seems any QB can play and adjust to Satterfield, which has been a key issue in the past if one goes down.
Louisville’s defense looks like they may be able to handle their own against any ACC team but as time ticks away, they seem to tire and almost can’t keep the pace. Louisville’s defense is a big concern right now because they have been missing in action ever since the first half of the Notre Dame game.
Louisville got a hard-earned win at home. Louisville’s rushing offense was really clicking. Javian Hawkins did most of the work early. He touched the ball 13 times for 126 yds and one touchdown. He also created huge opportunities for Cunningham to Dawkins, who had 3 receptions for a total of 150 yds and a TD. Dez Fitzpatrick 5 for 108 and a touchdown) and Tutu Atwell (8 for 110) also contributed with big games of their own.
The Cards travel to face a ranked (first time since 2008), undefeated Wake Forest (#22) team. It will be a very good test for this young Cardinal team before facing juggernaut Clemson in Death Valley.