--By: Nick Stringer
-- Photo by: Jared Anderson
The Cards traveled to Nashville TN to battle in-state rival Western Kentucky. Last week, Coach Satterfield collected his first win at Louisville with a dominant 42-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky. Today, he earned win number two with a 38-21 victory.
Louisville’s last road-win was against Kentucky in November 2017. They went 0-4 in away games last year.
Western Kentucky started the game with the ball, but Louisville had an aggressive defensive rush early to create disruption to the Hilltopper offense.
Louisville gained momentum with a massive drive due to a muffed punt by John Haggerty. Malik Cunningham took over the drive to lead the Cards down the field. It ended on an offensive run into the end zone by the multi faceted Tutu Atwell. That would not be all from Atwell on the night. He also collected 141 yards and three touchdowns on four receptions.
The Cardinal defense didn’t let up in the first quarter, resulting in sacks and tackle for losses led by senior end Amonte Caban.
The Cards were set up in great field position again to dominate on another drive. It looked like a rush heavy offense but Louisville surprised the defense with a nifty deep play action pass.
The play action passes that were completed for touchdowns today make me question why the Cards don’t pass more down the field and let the young talented receiving corps go to work.
The Cards went into halftime with a 31-7 lead. A pair of touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown, and a fumble return for a touchdown contributed to the dominant first half.
Western Kentucky outscored the Cards 14-7 in the second half, when Louisville relaxed on the reins. The sole score in the second half was Atwell’s third touchdown on the day.
Cunningham has difficulty sliding, which resulted in him getting his helmet knocked off and therefore entered concussion protocol. Cunningham left the game at 8:13 with 119 yards and two touchdowns.
With the Malik Cunningham injury. We got to see action from a new face at quarterback, Evan Conley, in the middle of the third quarter. He only got to let the ball fly three times, completing two passes. One resulted in a touchdown. The true freshman ended with 86 yards.
Louisville leads the overall series 21-12 and have won the last 10, which is the longest against any opponent.
The 2-1 Cards hit the road to face Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday, Sept. 21. Last year the Seminoles stole a victory at Cardinal Stadium after scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.