--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals finished week three by hosting Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers entered the game 0-2, and lost their previous to an FCS opponent.
Western Kentucky played an incredibly tough game, and the Cards came back in the fourth quarter, defeating Western 20-17.
It took a long time for Louisville’s offense to get going. The Cards had a grand total of -2 all-purpose yards after the first quarter. Jawon Pass, Louisville’s starting quarterback, did not complete a pass. All three passing attempts were catchable, but the receivers did not hold on.
WKU had a touchdown, and 143 yards. With seven seconds left, Kyle Fourtenbary caught a nine-yard passing touchdown in the corner of the end zone, from Davis Shanley.
Western added seven with 12:40 left in the second quarter. Shanley fooled the Louisville defense on a fake handoff, and rushed to the corner of the end zone.
Louisville’s first score of the game came with 13 seconds left in the half. Blanton Creque booted a 23-yard field goal, cutting Western’s lead to 14-3.
Western had a 218-139 yardage lead at halftime. 75 of Louisville’s yards were on the ground; 63 obtained by QB Malik Cunningham.
Creque booted another field goal with 12:32 left in the third. It cut Western’s lead to eight.
The Hilltoppers were about to get the three points back, but Louisville blocked the field goal, and brought it to Western’s 30-yard line. The play shifted momentum to Louisville. Dae Williams capped the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown on fourth down. Down by two, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino opted to go for the extra point, and not the conversion.
Immediately after, Western picked up momentum, and drove downfield. The Cards had the Toppers at third and seven at the 21-yard line. The defense held up on a quick slant pass, holding Western to a field goal. Ryan Field was credited with the 35-yard field goal.
With 8:14 left, Western led 17-13.
The Cards took the lead with 5: 01 left. Williams again found a hole, and punched the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line. It gave the Cardinals the 20-17 lead.
Field lined up for a 51-yard field goal attempt with one second left in regulation. He hit it wide.
Louisville moves to 2-1 after winning. The Cards head on the road to Charlottesville, Virginia; to take on the Virginia Cavaliers next Saturday at 12:30.