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#17 Miami took down #18 Louisville in the ACC opener for both teams, 47-34.
Louisville would take the first score of the game on a 40-yard field goal by sophomore James Turner. The Cards would never get within seven points the rest of the way.
The killer was a pair of back-to-back possessions by Miami in the third quarter- both for 75-yard touchdowns. Cam'ron Harris found an opening around the right side of the field to race to the end zone untouched for the first of those two possessions. A missed defensive assignment allowed Jaylan Knighton to escape to the weak side of the field unnoticed for a touchdown pass from D'Eriq King.
Late in the fourth quarter, missed communication on defense led to an open Brevin Jordan for a 47-yard score.
For Louisville, Malik Cunningham- Cunningham has switched his name from "Micale" to "Malik"- went 26-for-36 for 307 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Eight of those completions went to Tutu Atwell, who turned that into 114 yards and two touchdowns. Another seven completions fell into the hands of Dez Fitzpatrick for 74 yards. Marshon Ford hauled in the other touchdown on three receptions for 14 yards.
On the ground, Javian Hawkins powered the way with 27 rushes for 164 yards and one score. Hassan Hall rushed nine times for 37 yards.
Although Louisville outpaced the Hurricanes on the ground 209-160, it was the 3-0 turnover differential that proved fatal for the Cards. The Cards finished with one interception and two lost fumbles while Miami protected the ball and never gave it up.
Turner had a promising night with a pair of field goals and 4-for-4 extra points.
Louisville falls to 1-1 on the year and 0-2 in ACC play. They hit the road for the first time when they travel to Pitt for a noon kickoff on Saturday.