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Chick Fil A Kickoff Game- Louisville Cardinals Versus Auburn Tigers

Louisville, KY September 5, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott

Tigers Hold On Against the Cardinals

Saturday’s Chick fil-A Kickoff Football Game featured the Louisville Cardinals and the Auburn Tigers. Both teams were ranked in the top 25 coming into the game. Louisville was ranked 25th in the country and Auburn was ranked in the top 10. It was only the second meeting between the two teams as Auburn defeated Louisville 16-3 at Legion Field in 1974. Saturday’s game would be held at 3:30 PM EST in the Georgia Dome located in Atlanta.

Auburn decided to kick the ball off to Louisville to begin the game. The Cardinals first play in the game was a disaster as true freshmen quarterback Lamar Jackson threw an interception to Auburn’s defensive back  Tray Matthews. Matthews ran the ball 35 yards to the Louisville 26 yard line. Shortly after that, Auburn’s quarterback Jeremy Johnson would score on a one yard rushing touchdown. Auburn would took a 7-0 lead on the Cardinals with 12:49 remaining in the 1st quarter. Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino decided to put Reggie Bonnafon in at quarterback for the rest of the 1st quarter. The closest thing the Cardinals got to scoring in the 1st quarter was a 46 yard field goal attempt in which kicker John Wallace missed with 7:18 remaining in the 1st quarter. The score after the first 15 minutes in the game remained 7-0 Auburn.

Chick Fil A Kickoff Game- Louisville Cardinals Versus Auburn Tigers

Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (#6) Photo Credit: Analyzed Sports

The 2nd quarter began with a Louisville drive that lasted five minutes resulting in a punt back to Auburn. Then Louisville’s safety Josh Harvey-Clemons got his second interception in the game from Auburn’s Johnson with 9:29 remaining in the 1st half. However Louisville’s Reggie Bonnafon would fumble the football and Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett would recover the football. Garrett would return the football 82 yards for an Auburn touchdown, making the score 14-0 Auburn with 6:54 remaining in the 1st half. Louisville’s next drive would end quick as the Cardinals managed to gain just 14 yards in 2:12. Then Auburn’s kicker Daniel Carlson was able to connect on a 56 yard field goal attempt to give the Tigers a 17-0 lead. The field goal by Carson was a Chick fil-A Kickoff game record and the 3rd longest field goal in Auburn football history! The score at halftime was 17-0 in favor of the Auburn Tigers.

The 3rd quarter began with the Auburn Tigers having the football and feeding running back Peyton Barber six times for 37 yards. The Auburn ground attack would setup a 33 yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson to receiver Ricardo Louis to give the Tigers a 24-0 lead with 11:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Louisville offense managed to answer back with a 43 yard field goal from John Wallace with 7:07 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Later in the 3rd quarter Auburn’s Johnson would throw his 3rd interception in the game, this time to Louisville defensive back Trumaine Washington. Then Louisville managed to go 36 yards in 2:12 minutes and after a 10 yard Lamar Jackson touchdown run the score was 24-10 Auburn.

Chick Fil A Kickoff Game- Louisville Cardinals Versus Auburn Tigers

Ricardo Lewis of the Auburn Tigers (#5) Photo Credit: Analyzed Sports

The score would remain 24-10 going into the 4th quarter, but Louisville would make the 4th quarter very interesting. Auburn got the football to start the 4th quarter and handed the ball off to running Peyton Barber six times for 29 yards. Then Auburn’s Ricardo Louis ran the ball eight yards for a Tigers touchdown, giving them a 31-10 lead over the Cardinals with 10:04 remaining in the game. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson responded leading the Cardinals to positive yards both with his feet and through the air. Jackson was responsible for 51 yards of total offense on the Cardinals first possession of the 4th quarter. Jackson’s progression led to a two yard touchdown run by Louisville running back Brandon Radcliffe. The score was now 31-17 Auburn with 6:17 remaining and the Tigers had the football.

Chick Fil A Kickoff Game- Louisville Cardinals Versus Auburn Tigers

Louisville’s Brandon Radcliffe. (#23) Photo Credit: Analyzed Sports

Louisville’s defense was able to force Auburn to punt the football with 5:16 left in the game. Jackson led the Louisville offense down the field again with passes to true freshmen recievers DeVante Peete and Traveon Samuel. Radcliffe would score again on another two yard touchdown run with 2:58 remaining in the game making the score just 31-24. However Louisville head Bobby Petrino would only have one timeout left and Auburn ran out the clock. The Final score would be 31-24 as the Tigers defeated the Cardinals.

“I told our team before the game we’re going to find out a lot about our team,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn about the Tigers performance postgame. ” We played a lot of true freshmen, a lot of red-shirt redshirt freshmen. Louisville  is a very good team, and we got up and we held on, and our guys found a way to win.” Auburn’s Peyton Barber finished the game with 116 yards on 24 carries. “I’ve been praying for things like this to happen, and God has blessed me”, said Barber about his performance.

Chick Fil A Kickoff Game- Louisville Cardinals Versus Auburn Tigers

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. (#9) Photo Credit: Analyzed Sports

As for Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, he seemed satisfied with some of things his defense did well. “Our defense kept us in the game, and we made a lot of good plays, but we just weren’t consistent enough against the run,” said Petrino post game. As for his thoughts on how true freshmen quarterback Lamar Jackson played Petrino stated, “I thought he did a nice job for us.” Petrino believed that Louisville’s inability to stop the run and turnovers were difference in the game. “We had some opportunities where we could have got some points on the board and weren’t able to do that. Turned the ball over and the and gave them seven points.”

Looking ahead for both teams Auburn will play Jackson State next Saturday in Alabama and Louisville will play Houston at home in Louisville. Both teams still have a long way to go after the first weekend of this 2015 College Football Season.

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