By Chris Carlson: Louisville controls the clock and dominates on defense earning their first ACC victory 31-13 over Miami, despite losing Teddy Bridgewater and many key players on the defensive side of the ball to the N.F.L draft. The Cardinals struck first in the air on third and goal, capping off a 12 play drive covering 93 yards lasting close to 6 minutes finding holes in the Miami zone.
Miami’s defense would improve giving their offense good field possession. True Freshman Brad Kaaya threw his 1st career touchdown to tight end Clive Walford in second quarter that even the game at seven. The play that set up the score Kaaya made a great pass to Walford at the 2 after getting drilled something Louisville did early, often, and all night.
The teams exchange fumble recoveries on back to back plays as the defensive units on both teams kept the score low. Miami’s turnover proved more costly considering their fumble was at 7 yard line.
Miami stuffed on 3 and 3, settled for a field goal to lead 10-7, but Corvin Lamb returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards make it 14-10 Louisville.
Halftime Report: Defensive dominated the game with a few mistakes made by both offenses.
After a three and out by the offense to open the 3rd quarter, the Hurricanes defense caused another red zone turnover. Louisville defense was in Miami’s backfield for most of the night and stuffed run on third down forcing Miami to kick another field goal.
Running back Dominique Brown scored on a 15 yard touchdown run extending L’ville lead to 21-13.
Deep in to Monday night’s game Miami’s offense had 6 three and outs. On 3rd down it was worse. They were 0 for 9 and 0-20 counting 0 for 11 on third down from last year’s bowl game matchup versus L’ville, before finally mustering up a first down. It was short lived however, when Kaaya threw an errant interception the Cardinals parlayed to a 9 play drive capped with a 28 yard field goal.
It was clear that Louisville slowly but surely wore down an over-worked Miami defense behind Dominique Brown’s 143 yards on 33 carries.
Another stalled offensive possession resulting in a turnover on downs by Miami. On that drive the Canes got called for ineligible man downfield to negate a 36 yard Duke Johnson reception at the two yard line. Louisville offense put the icing on the cake with a 14 play 67 yard touchdown drive.
Bobby Petrino got the first win of his second tenure with Louisville, and more importantly it came against an ACC opponent.