--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals opened 2018 with a lopsided loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Bobby Petrino’s squad lost to the Tide, 51-14. For much of the game, the score was highly one-sided.
Alabama jumped out ahead early. The Tide scored their first touchdown on their first drive, at 11:55. Jerry Jeudy received an 11-yard pass from Tua Tagovailoa. Then, after a pair of turnovers, Tagovailoa rushed the football into the corner of the end zone; giving Alabama the 14-0 lead, with 4:04 left.
Louisville was driving when they received the ball back. But on second down at Alabama’s 26, Jawon Pass threw his first interception. Alabama again drove down the field, and scored a touchdown. Najee Harris rushed from the one-yard line with 11:24 left. Alabama scored one more with nine-seconds left. Jeudy received a 25-yard pass, putting the game at 28-0.
Josh Jacobs had an 18-yard rushing touchdown about five minutes into the second half. It was the Alabama halfback’s sixth rush of the night.
Louisville’s first score of the season came halfway-through the third quarter. Pass made a completion to Seth Dawkins for 47 yards, putting Louisville in the red zone at Alabama’s seven. Then, Pass found Kemari Averett in the end zone 12 yards out; into double-coverage in the back of the end zone. The scoring drive lasted 10 plays for 75-yards.
Alabama reacted with a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Tide also had a field goal in the quarter. It was a 39-yard boot from Austin Jones.
In the fourth, Jones missed a 27-yard field goal attempt. Pass through his second pick of the night to Shyheim Carter with 7:31 left. Carter returned the ball 45 yards.
Alabama had a 340-122 yard advantage. The Cards had 100 yards through the air. Pass finished the half 10 for 19 with 100 yards and one pick. The Cardinals did have 40 tackles in the half, compared to Alabama’s 24. 20 of Louisville’s downs were solo. The Cardinals did manage one sack.
Tutu Atwell received a touchdown pass from eight-yards with 1:55 left.
Louisville managed to obtain 268 yards. Pass went 20 for 39 with two touchdowns and two picks. Dawkins finished first in receiving, with three catches for 68 yards.
Louisville moves to 0-1. They take on Indiana State next Saturday, September 8th, at 7pm. The game will mark the 100th anniversary of Louisville football. Tickets are being sold for $10.00.