Andre’ Chapman | Analyzed Sports
The Louisville Cardinals got their bounce-back win in impressive fashion after suffering a tough home opening loss to defending National Champion Clemson Tigers last week. The Cardinals (3-1, 1-1) bounced back with a 42-3 blowout win over the Kent State Golden Flashes Saturday afternoon in a nonconference game at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.
The Cardinals who are ranked 19th in the country raised their overall record to 3-1 while keeping an ACC record of 1-1, respectively.
Malik Williams carried the ball 9 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while Reggie Bonnafon, had 3 carries for 18 yards and two catches for 30 yards in the blowout victory for the Cardinals.
Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 299 yards and was 18 of 22, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jackson rushed for 34 yards on 8 carries. Sophmore wide receiver Seth Davis had 75 yards receiving on four receptions with a touchdown, while tight end Jordan Davis and Wideout Javonte Bagley had a combined 100 yards receiving respectively for Louisville.
The first Cardinals TD was set up with good field position after sophomore Tight end Jordan Davis caught a 69-yard strike from Lamar Jackson. Running Back Malik Williams would finish the drive off with a 3-yard TD run to put Louisville up 7-0 with 13:01 left on the clock in the first quarter.
Louisville jumped out on the Golden Flashes (1-3) early to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter after DB Trumaine Washington returned an interception for 37 yards for a TD off a deflection. Louisville would never trail in the game en route to a lopsided 42-3 victory.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Dorian Etheridge led the team with 9 tackles while recovering a fumble in the victory over the Golden Flashes. Up next for Louisville is a 3:30 pm home game next Saturday against in-state non-conference opponent Murray State Racers.