There are things called wins in college football. They happen when you score more points than your opponent. The Louisville football program hadn’t experienced these so-called victories since September 15, 2018.
Until they trounced Eastern Kentucky 42-0.
Louisville’s football program had a lot be hopeful about despite losing to by three scores to Notre Dame on Labor Day, and they were looking forward to translating that optimism into a victory against the Colonels.
The Colonels did win five more games than Louisville last year and are coming off an impressive victory over Valparaiso in Week 1.
The Cards will most likely need every victory they can muster to have a chance at a bowl game this season, so could not afford to lose against the Colonels.
After a subpar passing performance against the Irish, the Louisville offense sought to try and prove they were a threat through the air.
The Cards scored on their first possession with a 50-yard pass to Tutu Atwell. Late in the first quarter, Jawon Pass threw another touchdown to Marshon Ford.
The second quarter was not nearly as eventful, with several turnovers on both sides and no more points being scored. Blanton Creque had a rare missed field goal.
As the second half began, Louisville made up for lost time offensively with Javian Hawkins breaking off a 66-yard run on the first snap that was very nearly a touchdown. Pass threw another touchdown pass to Ford on the next play to give the Cards a 21-point lead.
Then with four minutes left to go in the third, Jawon Pass threw yet another touchdown to Dez Fitzpatrick.
The Cards would add their fifth touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a short run by Hassan Hall to bring the score 35-0.
After that touchdown Coach Scott Satterfield gave Pass a well-deserved rest and sent in backup Malik Cunningham. Jawon Pass finished passing 12-19 with 196 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also ran four times for 37 yards.
Cunningham was an unwilling passenger on Bobby Petrino’s twisted quarterback carousel last season, but still managed to be the team’s leading rusher. He picked up right where he left off as he broke a 38-yard touchdown run on his first series.
It was their first victory in 357 days. It was their first shutout since a 72-point drubbing of Florida International on September 21, 2013.
Cunningham completed his only pass for 24 yards. He also rushed for 73 yards on four carries and a touchdown.
Javian Hawkins was the team’s leading rusher, with 123 yards on 11 carries. Hassan Hall scored a rushing touchdown.
Justin Marshall led the team in receiving with two catches for 59. Marshon Ford caught two touchdown passes and Tutu Atwell caught another.
The team improved in every aspect of the game against the Colonels. They established a passing game when they could only move the ball on the ground against Notre Dame. Pass did not fumble the ball, which crippled offensive momentum last week. And not only did the defense shut out their opponents, they sacked the quarterback five times.
The Cards leave the friendly confines of Cardinal Stadium for a neutral site game in Nashville against Western Kentucky on September 14.<