Louisville football just thumped FSU. Here’s three quick takeaways.
Well, just like we all expected, Louisville football absolutely destroyed Florida State on Saturday.
The Cardinals came into the game as a pretty confusing 6-point favorite after dropping four straight games. Meanwhile, the Seminoles were coming off of a top-5 win against North Carolina last weekend.
However, the Cardinals took care of business, showcasing more of what we actually expected from the Louisville football offense while continuing solid play from the defense.
Here are three quick takeaways from the big victory.
Louisville’s offense looked like what we’ve come to expect
Firstly, and probably most noticeably, Louisville football looked like the unit that we expected coming into the season.
The Cardinals finished the game with 569 yards of total offense after a complete effort in both the running and passing game.
For the second straight week, quarterback Malik Cunningham looked fantastic behind center, going 16-for-24 for 278 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Cunningham was 12-for-13 in the first half, and when Florida State made adjustments in the second half, Cunningham didn’t force anything and became a solid game manager for the Cards.
Running back Javian Hawkins was sensational once again, bouncing multiple plays outside for massive gains. Hawkins finished the game with 16 carries for 174 yards and three scores; that averages out to 10.9 yards per gain. This was perhaps Hawkins’ best game in a Louisville uniform.
Louisville’s offensive play-calling was much better than in previous weeks. The Cardinals spread the ball across the field, only targeting star receiver Tutu Atwell on five occasions, and found Dez Fitzpatrick, Marshon Ford, Ean Pfeifer, and Braden Smith on multiple ocassions.
The Cardinals were steady on offense, never punting in the first half, and only twice in the second half. Overall, Louisville football finally looked like the team we all expected on offense.