--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals dropped their ACC Opener.
Louisville traveled to Charlottesville Week four, and lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 27-3. The game was projected to be a shootout, but the Louisville offense couldn’t keep up with Bryce Perkins and Virginia.
Both teams were scoreless after the first quarter. The Cavaliers had a 73-50 yard advantage. Louisville’s defense held up. Khane Pass and Dee Smith combined for a seven-yard sack of UVA QB Bryce Perkins on the Cavalier’s first drive of the game.
Virginia kicker Hunter Pearson was forced to kick the ball twice. The first was with 10:46 left on the clock. Pearson booted a 28-yard field goal on fourth down. The play came off an interception from Malik Cunningham. Then, with 2:23 left, Louisville’s defense held again, forcing Pearson to kick for a 24-yard field goal.
In total, Louisville allowed just 156 yards in the fist half. 90 were from the ground, 66 through the air. Meanwhile, the offensive struggles continued for the Cardinals. Louisville managed just 88 yards of offense, 53 from the ground.
Louisville got on the board with 9:45 in the third. Rodjay Burns picked off Perkins, and returned the ball to Virginia’s three. Jeremy Smith attempted to rush three times, and only netted one yard. Blanton Creque came on, and got Louisville a definite three-points. The field goal was a four-yard score.
Perkin’s next drive ended with a Virginia touchdown. Virginia used seven plays and drove 67 yards, capped with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chris Sharp. The game put Louisville down 13-3 with 5:47 left in the third.
Virginia pulled away in the fourth. Joe Reed caught a 44-yard touchdown pass on the Cavalier’s first drive. Then with 6:14 left, Perkins took the ball into the end zone himself. It gave the Cavaliers the 27-3 advantage.
Virginia tallied 401 total yards, almost evenly split between rushing and passing. Meanwhile, the Cardinals had 214 yards. Only 66 were on the ground.
Louisville takes on Florida State next Saturday, September 29th, at 3:30pm.