--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals notched their first signature road win against a ranked opponent under Scott Satterfield. The 62-59 win over Wake Forest also snapped a two-game series losing streak against the Demon Deacons.
For the second consecutive week, freshman quarterback Evan Conley took over for Malik Cunningham, and played exceptionally well. He took over for Cunningham with 10:15 in the second quarter, and completed 12 of 18 for 196 yards, two touchdown passes, one rushing, and one interception. Overall, the Cardinals had 520 yards of total offense; 295 through the air.
Javian Hawkins scored the first touchdown of the game with 9:28 left in the first. He rushed for eight yards, capping off a four-play, 28-yard drive. Then, Seth Dawkins caught a 55-yard pass from Cunningham for Louisville’s second score.
Sage Surratt cut Louisville’s lead in half with 1:59 left in the period.
Then, Hassan Hall scored a touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return with 1:45 left in the period.
10 seconds into the second quarter, Tutu Atwell caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Cunningham.
Wake Forest scored two consecutive touchdowns in the period. The first was a three-yard pass to Surratt, and the second a one-yard rush by Cade Carney.
Blanton Creque kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:06 in the half.
Dez Fitzpatrick caught a 15-yard touchdown 22 seconds into the second half from Conley. The play was set up by a 63-yard kickoff return by Hassan Hall.
Surratt caught a 47-yard pass with 9:38 left in the third. Hall responded with an 8-yard rushing touchdown with 5:54 left. Then, the game got more interesting.
Nick Sciba kicked a 34-yard field goal with 4:10 left in the third. Jack Freudenthal caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 3:37 left in the game, cutting it to three.
Fitzpatrick caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Conley with 9:14 in the period. Kenneth Walker III responded with a three-yard rushing touchdown with 6:19 left. Creque hit a 36-yard field goal with 5:35 left.
Conley solidified the win with 2:15 left in the game. On 4th and 1, he found a hole in the defense, and rushed for 41 yards and an easy touchdown, giving Louisville a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left.
Sam Hartman scored a one-yard touchdown with just over a minute left. When the Deacons kicked off again, Louisville ran out the clock.
The Cardinals move to 4-2 (2-1 ACC). They will face Clemson next week, October 19th, at 12:30 pm. The game is at Cardinal Stadium.