--By Daniel Rankin
--Photo by Jared Anderson / 2019
The Louisville Cardinals won big against the Florida State Seminoles 48-16, snapping a four-game losing streak and recording their first conference win of the 2020 season.
On the opening drive of the game, the Florida State offense put the Seminoles up early.
However, Louisville would respond immediately in a drive highlighted by a 66-yard pass from quarterback Malik Cunningham to wide receiver Tutu Atwell. A 3-yard run into the endzone by running back Javian Hawkins finished off the drive to tie the game.
It was an early and hopeful sign to those in attendance at Cardinal Stadium, which was hosting its first home game in over a month, that perhaps the much-anticipated Cardinal offense was finally clicking together. Those signs were proven to be accurate as Florida State never held the lead again; in fact, Louisville went deep into the second quarter with four straight unanswered touchdowns.
The offense finished with an incredible 291 yards rushing, 278 passing yards resulting in a season-high 569 total yards. Javian Hawkins accounted for 174 of those rushing yards and had a career-high three rushing touchdowns.
After the game, Coach Scott Satterfield talked about the strong offensive showing, "This is what we expect...a very efficient day offensively, big plays in the running game and passing game, it was a great day."
It was a complete game on both sides of the ball that contributed to the Louisville rout. The Cards defense coming off of a strong effort against Notre Dame, held the Seminoles scoreless on multiple drives, including a couple of key attempts deep into the red zone.
The Florida State passing game was especially contained with just 141 yards and a Louisville program-record 12 pass breaks up led by junior back Anthony Johnson with three.
Additionally, the Louisville defense forced one interception and four turnovers on five 4th down attempts.
Overall, it was an impressive showing by the defense for Coach Satterfield, who said, "We gave up a touchdown drive, but after that, we settled in and played very, very well throughout the rest of the day...a great job by our defense after that first drive.
With the 32-point win, the Cards now move up to 2-4 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.
Louisville will now look to build off this momentum as Javian Hawkins put it after Saturday's game, "There's no looking back because this is us. We have to be consistent now."
The next opponent for the Cardinals is Virginia Tech on Halloween Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Will the Cards be tricked on a Halloween night, or will they treat the fans by spooking the Virginia Tech Hokies right out of Louisville?