Cardinal Football

Boston College 34 – Louisville 27: Turnovers Once Again Doom Cards

Michael Dwyer | Associated Press

The Cards stomped Syracuse, and were looking for their first winning streak of the season against Boston College.

The game was close, but a trio of turnovers once again did the Cards in as they lost 34-27.

It’s been a crazy week for Louisville football. Their two remaining opponents, Boston College and Wake Forest, had flipped-flopped dates and left the Cards in flux as to who they would play and when.

More notably, Will Muschamp was fired from the head coaching position at South Carolina. Louisville coach Scott Satterfield was rumored to be on the short list and even having scheduled an interview. He eventually released a statement denying said rumors and recommitting to the Louisville football program. But it was enough to raise the hackles of many in an already frustrated  fanbase, and another win was sorely needed.

The Cards got on the board first with a 44-yard field goal. They then had a great opportunity when the defense recovered an Eagles fumble.

But it was a advantage promptly squandered as Tutu Atwell fumbled on the next possession and gave the ball back to Boston College. They promptly drove the ball down the field and scored a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead.

Not to be outdone, the Cards fumbled again. Which the Eagles converted into a field goal.

Louisville scored its first touchdown of the game on a two-yard run by Jalen Mitchell with just under four minutes to go in the first half to tie the score up at 10. But Boston College kicked a field goal as the half wound down to go into halftime up 13-10.

The Eagles ran the ball in for a touchdown a few minutes into the third quarter. Louisville could only manage a field goal that still had them down 20-13.

The two teams saved all their scoring for the fourth quarter. Boston College scored on a 11-yard pass, but the Cards responded with a four-yard scoring pass of their own to Tutu Atwell to make the score 27-20 BC.

The Louisville defense couldn’t hold the Eagles, who drove down and scored on a 21-yard pass.

With about four minutes left to go in the game, the Cards scored on a 69-yard pass to Dez Fitzpatrick to make the score 34-27.

And when the Eagles were forced to punt after a three-and-out, Louisville was in position to tie the game up and potentially force overtime.

But the same old problems arose, as Malik Cunningham threw an interception to seal the game for Boston College.

Cunningham finished completing 19 of his 31 passes for 294 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries.

Jalen Mitchell ran for a touchdown.

The leading receiver for the Cardinals was Dez Fitzpatrick, who had eight catches for 182 yards and a touchdown.

Tutu Atwell also caught a touchdown pass.

Louisville falls to 3-7 (2-7 ACC). Boston College moves to 6-4 for the season (5-4 ACC).

The Cards wrap up their regular season—and maybe their whole season—against Wake Forest on December 19.

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