--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
For the third time this season, the Louisville Cardinals were trounced. This time, the 2-3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Who also entered the game 0-2 in the ACC; demolished the Cardinals on the ground, and won 66-31.
Georgia Tech had over 500 yards rushing. It was the first time Louisville had allowed more than 500 rushing yards since 1932 against Murray State. It was also the worst home loss since 1987.
Louisville had the first possession of the game. The Cards brought the ball to midfield on their first drive, and Bobby Petrino opted to go for it on fourth down. Jawon Pass’s pass attempt was incomplete. The turnover led to Georgia Tech’s first touchdown drive.
Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall entered the game with seven rushing touchdowns. He scored his eighth with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Marshall saw an opening, and rushed up the middle of the field for 33 yards.
Marshall scored his second of the night just three minutes later. A fumble at Louisville’s 36 led to another drive culminating in a one-yard QB punch. Louisville was down 14-0 halfway through the first.
Georgia Tech scored its third touchdown of the first quarter in the final three seconds. Jordan Mason rushed for two yards and the score.
In total, the Yellow Jackets had 162 total yards in the first quarter. All were on the ground.
Tutu Atwell scored Louisville’s first touchdown at the 11:22 mark in the second. He received a 29-yard pass from Jawon Pass, and took it into the corner.
Louisville avoided a touchdown on Tech’s next drive. The defense stopped Georgia Tech at the 23-yard line; and held Georgia Tech to a field goal. It was Wesley Wells’ first field goal, a 41-yarder.
Georgia Tech scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the first half. Marshall swept the ball to Qua Searcy.
With one second left until halftime, Blanton Creque booted a 46-yard field goal. The Cards cut the deficit to 31-17.
Searcy scored his second touchdown of the night on Georgia Tech’s first drive of the second half… At the 8:02 mark in the third quarter. Tech’s opening drive lasted 6:58.
Again, at 4:19, Tech scored another touchdown. Backup quarterback Tobias Oliver scored a one-yard touchdown rush.
Oliver scored another rushing touchdown at the 13:13 mark in the fourth quarter.
Louisville put seven more points on the board with 11:13 left. Pass hit Dez Fitzpatrick on the far sideline, leading to a 42-yard score.
Jerry Howard scored the eighth rushing touchdown of the night with 6:35 left. It was a two-yard carry.
Jordan Travis entered the game late in the fourth quarter. He threw a 95-yard pick six with 2:18 left.
Travis found Atwell with 28 seconds left, and hit him in the numbers. It was the freshman's first career touchdown.
Louisville moves to 2-4 (0-3 ACC). The Cardinals travel to Boston College, to face AJ Dillon and the Boston College Yellow Jackets next Saturday. The game will be at 12:30 pm.