Heading into this past Saturday’s match-up against the Virginia Cavaliers, the Louisville Cardinals had several players out due to injury, including starting quarterback Malik Cunningham, starting running back Tiyon Evans, and backup running back Jalen Mitchell.
From the opening of the game, it was evident that the Cards looked out of sorts falling behind 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Cardinals have never come back from a double digit deficit under Scott Satterfield, so the analytics said the Cards had no chance of winning this game, especially being led by a backup quarterback.
But Brock Domann and company had other plans. Brock settled into the offense in the second quarter and broke the entire Virginia defense’s ankles on a fourth down with two yards to go in which he took it to the end zone tying it up 10-10. After that, Louisville never looked back and continued to pour it on, ending the game with a convincing 34-17 blowout.
Louisville’s odds moved right before the game started amidst the news of Malik Cunningham sitting out, due to concussion protocol, which flipped the odds to Virginia as the slim favorites. On top of that, Satterfield was under fire from the media and Twitter for his lack of performance against ACC opponents this year and the lack of consistency in defense and playcalling.
Satterfield heard the noise and quoted that he called the “good plays and the bad plays” in the game against Virginia, and it paid off. With Satterfield calling plays, Louisville’s top trio of receivers in this game were: Tyler Hudson, Marshon Ford, and Ahmari Huggins-Bruce, whose total yards almost reached 250 yards. Domann also was able to rush in his first career rushing touchdown for no less than 44 yards.
While the offense was cooking, the defense was all over the field, gaining five sacks bringing the total sacks for the Louisville defense up to 22 for the year.
Yaya Diaby and Ashton Gillotte are tied for the most sacks on the team with four each. Gillotte was one of five players to grab one of the sacks and Yaya got on Twitter after the game to support his teammate.
Louisville looked like a fiery team on the field and the camaraderie that they showed on the field was infectious to watch. Now, the Cards head into a bye week where they can get their starters healthy and look to build off this momentum with their sights set on the now un-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers.