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September 2, 2014Football

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September 1, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

Cards Win First ACC Game

Since the initial announcement of Louisville joining the ACC in November of last year, Cardinal fans hand been patiently waiting for football season to start. Before the big game on Monday against the Miami Hurricanes there were special pre-game events that had occurred, including the words “Proud to Be ACC” displayed above the stands. Also former U of L star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s mom, Rose Murphy came to support the Cards sporting a specially designed T-shirt showing a huge image of Teddy. Still the Cards had a football game to play and it would be a great one!

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With Bridgewater leaving for the NFL, the starting quarterback position would belong to Redshirt sophomore, Will Gardner. Gardner would start in front of a record-breaking 55,428 fans in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and he would be without one of his best receivers in senior Devante Parker, who sustained a foot injury during an off-season practice. Gardner’s 1st first possession would result in a three and out, but later in the first quarter he would throw his first touchdown pass to receiver Charles Standberry.

In the beginning of 2nd quarter Miami’s Brad Kaaya would throw a touchdown pass to Clive Walford, that would tie  the game 7-7 with 14:21 remaining. Will Gardner would fumble later in the 2nd quarter and Miami would then score off of a field goal by Matt Goudis with 4:51 remaining. The Hurricanes would kick  it off to the Cardinals, but Louisville’s Corvin Lamb would score of off an explosive 97 yard return for a touchdown. The return is the 5th longest return in U of L history and gave the Cardinals a 14-10 lead going into halftime.

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Miami would get the ball to begin the 2nd half and would be forced to punt the ball back to Louisville. Will Gardner would fumble again off of a sack by Miami’s Thurston Armbrister, leading to another Goudis field goal with 10:54 remaining in the game. The field goal would make the score 14-13 Louisville, but linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin and the Cardinal defense would not allow Miami to score after that. “I told Lorenzo and the guys that they held us down tonight” said senior U of L offensive tackle, Jamon Brown. The Hurricanes defense was good as well, led by Denzel Perryman, but they eventually would get tired of being on the field. Louisville running back Dominique Brown, would score on a 15 yard run making the game 21-13 Louisville, with 3:34 remaining.

In the 4th quarter the Louisville defense would continue its dominance, as their ball pressure was too much for the Hurricanes to handle. U of L kicker John Wallace would score off of a 28 yard field goal with 13:11 remaining, making the score 24-13 Louisville. Gardner would get into a rhythm and in the game’s final 1:43 connected with Tight End Gerald Christian for another TD pass to put the game out of reach for Miami. “I Knew well had a lot of pressure on him so I told him to just be confident in himself” – said Jamon Brown about Gardner’s 4th quarter.The game would end with Miami’s Kaaya throwing an interception, the final score would be Louisville 31 Miami 13.

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U of L head coach Bobby Petrino was very happy about winning his first game back in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Petrino had coached the Cardinals to a win in the 2007 Orange Bowl, but left to become an NFL head coach. “The crowd was unbelievable”, said Petrino of the Cardinal fans who had attended the game. The crowd even started chanting “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby” towards the end of the game.

As for starting quarterback Will Gardner, he finished the game with 206 passing yards and was 20/28 in his pass attempts. Running back Brown had his 3rd career 100 yard rushing game, tallying  143 yards of 33 carries and one rushing TD. The Cardinal defense forced 3 turnovers and held Miami star running back Duke Johnson to just 90 yards rushing. Corvin Lamb and James Sample, who had 8 tackles and one interception in the game, were named ACC Co-Players Of The Week.The Cardinals will play Murray State in another home game at 7 pm Saturday in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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