--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Through heavy rain and lightning, the Louisville Cardinals played their home opener, and defeated Indiana State, 31-7.
The first half did not go well. The game was tied heading into the half. Louisville had less than 100 rushing and passing yards. The Cards had numerous penalties.
Rodjay Burns scored Louisville’s first touchdown with 12:04 left in the first quarter. He returned a 55-yard punt for the score.
A couple minutes later, lightning delayed the game twice. The first delay was a 50-minute affair. The second was a 70-minute delay.
Indiana State tied the game after the delay. Titus McCoy rushed a two-yard touchdown with 3:51 left in the first quarter. Indiana State received possession via an interception off Jawon Pass.
Then, the game entered its third rain delay. The delay lasted 33-minutes. It also cleared out 60% of the remaining fans (non-scientific estimate).
Louisville only led 141-117 in total yardage for the first half.
The Cards began pulling away in the third. Second-string QB Malik Cunningham entered the game midways through the quarter, and had a one-yard rushing touchdown with 3:29 left.
Then, in the fourth, Mekhi Becton rushed up the middle to give Louisville the two-score lead. The score came at the 14:57 mark in the quarter. Around five minutes later, at the 9:43 mark, Blanton Creque connected on a 43-yard field goal.
Cunningham began driving on Louisville’s next possession. He tossed a 34-yard TD to Jaylen Smith for another six. Creque was good with the extra point. The score happened with 7:00 left in the game.
Louisville finished with 363 yards of total offense. They only allowed 211. Jawon Pass finished 8 of 14 with an interception. Cunningham had 6 of 7 completions with a TD.
The Cardinals move to 1-1. They host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers next Saturday, September 15th, at 7pm.