LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Returning home to Cardinal Stadium in front of a season-high 51,729 fans, facing a Clemson team that is down by its high standards, Louisville’s football schedule still has couldn’t get the job done, falling 30 to 24 on Saturday and 0-7 all-time against the Tigers.
After extending their lead to 17-7 early in the second quarter, the Cardinals (4-5, 2-4 ACC) were then outscored 23-7 for the remainder of the game, including 13-0 in the fourth quarter. Louisville managed to hit the two-yard line in the last minute after a pair of spectacular catches from Tyler Harrell and Justin Marshall, but the Tigers (6-3, 5-2 ACC) were able to hold on for four games of following. rooms.
Quarterback Malik Cunningham finished the game with a total of 308 offensive yards, 12 of 20 for 134 passing yards, as well as 134 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns to lead a 223-yard effort. ground. Across the line of scrimmage, linebacker CJ Avery had 10 tackles (four solo) and a sack.
Clemson’s signal caller DJ Uiagalelei finished the game 18 of 30 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with wide receiver Beaux Collins carrying 104 yards and one scoring. Linebacker Trenton Simpson led the way defensively with 10 tackles (7 solo), three tackles for a loss and two sacks.
The Cardinals and Tigers started the game quickly, with each team scoring on their first possession. Louisville first scored the scoreboard with a 26-yard run from running back Jalen Mitchell, set up by a crucial third goal from wide receiver Jordan Watkins. Clemson responded right away with a quick three game, topped off with a 46-yard reception to a wide-open Collins.
The defense settled in for a bit thereafter, and then Louisville took a break near the end of the first quarter. A block in Clemson’s back on a Cardinals punt sent Marvin Dallas into the Tigers punt returner, who in turn missed the punt, with the ball being picked up by Dallas himself. The penalty was denied which then set up a 23 yard touchdown speed option from Cunningham.
James Turner added a 44-yard field goal to give Louisville a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the momentum then turned in Clemson’s favor to end the half thanks in part to errors in the part of Louisville.
The Tigers responded with a 38-yard field goal that was assisted by a third down from Louisville, then leveled things up in their next practice with an 8-yard pass to Davis Allen. This practice not only saw cornerback Chandler Jones give up an interception, but linebacker Jack Fagot was ejected due to targeting.
After half-time the momentum immediately returned in the opposite direction. Louisville scored in his first practice thanks to a 51-yard Cunningham goaltender, then the defense stood firm on the goal line to knock down the Tigers on penalties.
But in the race that followed, that momentum stopped abruptly. Cunningham suffered what appeared to be a left ankle injury while slipping, forcing substitute quarterback Evan Conley into the game. The drive stalled around midfield, Turner missing what would have been a 51-yard field goal.
Cunningham would eventually return, but during his absence Clemson took control of the game. They scored on all three practices of the fourth quarter, scoring two field goals and an eight-yard touchdown from Uiagalelei.
Then, Louisville will host Syracuse at Cardinal Stadium for the withdrawal of Lamar Jackson’s jersey. Kick-off against the Orange is scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
(Photo by Jalen Mitchell, Trent Simpson: Jamie Rhodes – USA TODAY Sports)
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