Cardinal Football

Miami 52 – Louisville 27: Cards Crushed In Clunker

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After the men’s basketball team beat Miami on Tuesday, and women’s volleyball beat the Canes yesterday, the football team was looking to complete the trifecta by beating Miami today.

And they’re still looking as the Cards were blown away by Miami 52-27.

Miami was in a similar situation to Louisville heading into this game. Both had five wins and were searching for the sixth, both had a win against a ranked team in their resume.

The Louisville football team has surpassed all expectations of so-called experts from before the season. Predicted to only win a couple of games, they found themselves with five wins with four games left to go.

Miami took the lead early with a five-yard touchdown run. Louisville would respond a few minutes later with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Tutu Atwell.

Miami would score the next two touchdowns to get up 21-7.

The Cards finally scored again early in the second quarter on a six-yard pass to Ean Pfeifer to keep Louisville in it. But the Canes scored two more touchdowns in the second to make the score 35-14.

The Cards were in position to score again late in the first half, but Micale Cunningham threw an interception in the endzone.

Early in the third quarter Miami scored again on a 31-yard pass to make the score 42-14.

Louisville finally stopped the bleeding five minutes into the third with a short touchdown run by Cunningham. The Cards’ defense forced the Canes to punt on the next possession.
Just when it looked like the momentum might be swinging Louisville’s way, Tutu Atwell fumbled a fair catch on the ensuing punt and Miami recovered. Atwell was injured on the play, and the Canes scored on the next drive to make the score 49-21.

Atwell would return on the Cards’ next possession. But Cunningham got taken out of the game a few snaps later.

As the third quarter wound down, Louisville kept Miami out of the endzone on a drive but did allow a field goal.

On the Cards’ last possession of the third quarter, Cunningham was still out so Evan Conley saw time at quarterback.

Cunningham completed 12 of his 18 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Louisville would score another touchdown on a 58-yard run by Hassan Hall, but they missed the extra point, so the score was 52-27.

The Cards had a chance to score again in the final minute of the game, but a potential scoring pass was dropped on fourth down.

It was the most points Miami has scored against an FBS opponent this season.

It was a thoroughly weird game for the Cards. They outgained the Canes, getting 496 yards to Miami’s 449. However, 14 Louisville penalties for 121 yards negated a lot of offensive momentum, as did three Cardinal turnovers.

Louisville had some injury issues too, with multiple players going down during the game. Most notable of these was Mekhi Becton, the bank vault disguised as an offensive lineman, who went

down with a foot injury early in the game. Early reports are that he will be ready for next game.

Evan Conley passed 6-11 for 109 yards and an interception.

Javian Hawkins was the leading rusher with 91 yards on 15 carries. Hassan Hall carried it six times, getting 79 yards and a touchdown.

Tutu Atwell caught six passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Ean Pfeifer also caught a touchdown pass.

Louisville falls to 5-4 on the season (4-3 ACC). Miami moves to 6-4 (4-4 ACC).

The Cards look to bounce back at NC State on November 16.

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