Louisville Football Defeats #24 NC State, 25-10

In the ultimate residence recreation for the seniors who’ve seen all of it, from the Covid-19 disqualification to the one-time switch rule, this senior class has seen your complete sport flip on its head in lower than 4 years. To see them come out on prime as soon as once more in opposition to a top-25 opponent, on senior day of all days, was the right bow on what’s been a wild experience since 2019.

Going into the sport each groups knew they might be counting on backup quarterbacks to hold their offenses. Even with Devin Leary on the sidelines, I’m unsure many people would have mentioned this protection was able to profitable a recreation earlier this season, however the protection took care of the injury-stricken Wolfpack offense to victory at the moment by holding the banged up NC State offense to simply 291 yards of whole offense on the afternoon.

Both groups’ offenses tried to kind out quarterback play as Louisville began Third-stringer Brock Domann at quarterback with Malik Cunningham out with a shoulder harm. On the Wolf Pack facet ACC Preseason Player of the Year, Devin Leary, and second stringer MJ Morris have been each sidelined with accidents, leaving third stringer Jack Chambers to steer the offense for the Wolf Pack. They ultimately switched to fourth stringer Ben Finley when issues acquired determined.

With each offenses being led by their third stringers, neither produced awe-inspiring performances, however what we noticed was the Louisville protection as soon as once more asserting their dominance and the offense exhibiting their means to run the ball on anybody they face. Chambers solely accomplished two passes earlier than Finely got here in. While Finley was barely extra productive, the large story was NC State’s dashing assault being held to simply 77 yards on the day.

The protection was the star unit of the sport as Jarvis Brownlee recorded 8 tackles, star linebacker Yasir Abdullah had seven tackles of his personal with 3 TFLs and a pair of.5 sacks. Monty Montgomery additionally had ten tackles of his personal, 1 sack, and 1.5 TFLs. The protection stepped up massive time in opposition to an NC State offense that has achieved properly even within the wake of dropping Leary.

On the offensive facet of the ball the sport ball goes to Jawhar Jordan who ran for 153 yards on 26 carries and recorded a recreation breaking kickoff return landing within the second quarter. While neither offense was in a position to do something spectacular with their backup quarterbacks, the Cardinals have been in a position to separate themselves with stellar particular groups and protection. James Turner knocked in 4 discipline objectives along with Jordan’s large kick return TD.

While Louisville had the lead heading into the fourth quarter, issues have been removed from snug, particularly with followers remembering how final 12 months’s recreation ended. But each items held their very own within the fourth quarter this time round because the Wolfpack have been held scoreless and the Cardinals scored on their first three drives of the ultimate quarter. This means to complete is one thing we have not actually seen beforehand, and is one thing we now have to have transferring ahead.

I’m simply tremendous glad to see the seniors put away one other Top-25 opponent, particularly on senior day, and to close up the haters with one other dominant defensive effort, robust particular groups exhibiting, and dominant fourth quarter. All issues we have not actually seen from this class beforehand.

Louisville reaches seven wins forward of their conflict with arch-rival Kentucky this week. Satterfield’s seat seems to be to be good and funky in the meanwhile. Hopefully Malik and Tiyon can get wholesome earlier than what may very well be crucial Governor’s Cup of Satterfield’s tenure up to now.

But earlier than we glance forward, let’s take pleasure in an important effort by the seniors to finish their residence recreation careers on a excessive notice and for profitable regardless of the chances in opposition to them. I used to be very nervous about this recreation with out Malik and Tiyon, however everybody stepped up massive to ship one other top-25 victory.

Let’s see what the tweeters must say:

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