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Clemson Rallies Past CARDS in 4th Quarter

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Malik Cunningham rushed for two touchdowns in the loss.

LOUISVILLE – November 6, 2021 – Cory Bosemer

“Cards doing what they do”

What was that famous line that Dennis green once said, “They are who we thought they are, and we let ‘em off the hook”. Sadly in typical Louisville fashion, the game ended in a way that’s not surprising. 

Is Louisville starting to suffer from their version of, “the curse of the great bambino?”  Some would start to say & suggest just that.  In a game were Louisville had moments of flash & flair, it was ultimately the suspect play calling of the coaching staff that overshadowed anything else.

The CARDS in the first quarter scored twice and took a lead going into the second period up 14-7. UofL couldn’t capitalize on a few possessions, resulting in only getting a field goal. The halftime score of the game was an even at 17-17.

After scoring early in the 3rd quarter, that’s were things took a turn for the worse for the home team. After scoring a touchdown, on another possession Malik Cunningham had something happen. He had to get taken out of the game for some time in the 3rd quarter. That’s were Clemson didn’t look back scoring 13 un answered points.

Conley stepped in for a brief stent before Malik came back of the field. Louisville got themselves into a pickle late in the fourth quarter. With just round a minute or less left in the game, the CARDS found themselves on the ten yard line with no timeouts. Sadly they didn’t run a single pass play going with four straight run plays.

On the final play of the game for the CARDS, Malik took off for a run and slipped. That’s pretty much how the game ended. A game that was built on a week of excitement and recruitment, ended in a familiar fashion.

Where do the CARDS go from here? Where does the Cardinal faithful go from here? This could easily be a 7-2 / 6-3 team, but sadly what fans have been accustomed to is why the CARDS are 4-5.

Louisville had more total yards, more rushing yards, and a higher per play average. They also had a higher 3rd down percentage, ran three more plays, and had a higher time of possession. But all of that wasn’t good enough.


Team Statistics

Game StatsCUUL
Total Yards345397
Pass Yards220174
Rushing Yards125223
Penalty Yards3-307-53
1st Downs2117
3rd Downs5-146-17
4th Downs0-11-3
UL12:08 – UL – Mitchell, J. 26 yd run (Turner, J. kick), 6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:5207
CU11:09 – CU – Collins,Beaux 46 yd pass from Uiagalelei,DJ (Potter,B.T. kick) 3 plays, 75 yards, TOP 0:5377
UL01:16 – UL – Cunningham, M. 23 yd run (Turner, J. kick), 3 plays, 28 yards, TOP 1:13714
UL10:32 – UL – Turner, J. 44 yd field goal 8 plays, 33 yards, TOP 3:53717
CU05:44 – CU – Potter,B.T. 38 yd field goal 10 plays, 54 yards, TOP 4:481017
CU00:18 – CU – Allen,Davis 8 yd pass from Uiagalelei,DJ (Potter,B.T. kick) 10 plays, 86 yards, TOP 1:151717
UL11:29 – UL – Cunningham, M. 51 yd run (Turner, J. kick), 3 plays, 59 yards, TOP 1:461724
CU10:17 – CU – Potter,B.T. 34 yd field goal 8 plays, 40 yards, TOP 3:582024
CU04:12 – CU – Uiagalelei,DJ 8 yd run (Potter,B.T. kick), 9 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:592724
CU02:19 – CU – Potter,B.T. 40 yd field goal 4 plays, 2 yards, TOP 0:213024

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