--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals lost on homecoming. The 3-4 Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the 2-5 Cardinals 56-35. Trey Smith led the offensive attack, with three touchdowns. The rest of the game, however, was almost as if the defense didn’t exist. Wake Forest had more than 550 yards of total offense. It was the second time in as many home games that more than 550 were allowed.
Louisville led in the first part of the game. That was it.
Wake Forest forced a 4th down on Louisville’s first drive. Bobby Petrino opted to go for it. Jawon Pass handed the ball off to Trey Smith. Smith found a hole, and took the ball 52 yards into the end zone. It was Louisville’s longest rush of the year; passing Colin Wilson’s 26-yard rush against Indiana State.
Louisville’s lead was short-lived. Wake Forest scored their first touchdown with 11:01 in the first. Greg Dortch, who demolished Louisville in 2017, picked up a 35-yard catch in Wake’s first scoring drive. The drive culminated in a 28-yard touchdown reception to tight end Jack Freudenthal.
The game was 7-7 in the first four minutes.
Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman gave Wake the 13-7 lead on a 12-yard keeper. The extra point attempt was good. Louisville trailed 14-7 with 6:16 left in the first. Hartman recorded his second passing touchdown with 2:29 in the first. Scotty Washington caught the touchdown pass.
Wake Forest led 21-7 after the first quarter.
Smith scored the first touchdown of the second quarter. He punched in the football from the one-yard line with 9:50 left.
The Deacons responded with a quick touchdown. Matt Colburn II rushed 74-yards on the first play of Wake Forest’s drive, and scored within 16 seconds.
When it rains, it pours.
Louisville got the ball back, and fumbled on the first play of the drive. Defensive end Carlos Basham picked up the ball, and rushed it into the end zone for a quick defensive touchdown.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, Smith was helped off the field.
Seth Dawkins caught a touchdown in coverage with 53 seconds until halftime. He grabbed the ball in the near corner of the end zone, fighting two defenders for it.
Louisville trailed 35-21 at halftime.
Shortly after, Colburn scored a 56-yard rushing touchdown. It capped a four-play, 75-yard drive. The score came with 13:49 in the third.
Hassan Hall scored at the 9:50 mark in the third. He rushed 12 yards to the corner, making it barely across the line before being pushed out of bounds. It capped a 10-play drive that chewed nearly 4 minutes from the clock.
Wake scored their next touchdown with 6:40 left. Cade Carney punched the ball in from the one-yard line. The Deacons scored their 56th point with another rush from Colburn, with 3:41 in the third.
Smith scored his third touchdown with 2:37 left in the third. He rushed for two yards; capping a three-play, 40 yard drive.
Louisville moves to 2-6. The Cardinals travel to Clemson; to face the Tigers next week. If Louisville loses, it will be the first time since the Steve Kragthorpe era that the Cardinals are not bowl eligible.