CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA– Going into the matchup against a top ten team in Clemson, Louisville found hope in the lack of confidence in the Clemson quarterback room. There were a slew of questions surrounding DJ Uiagalelei’s performance after their loss to Notre Dame.
However, it seemed like he re-gained some confidence against Louisville this week. He ended the game with 185 yards in the air and two total touchdowns, leading the Tigers to their 39th straight home field win.
Louisville rode into Death Valley with a four-game winning streak on the line and a moderately injured quarterback in Malik Cunningham. Cunningham injured his left hand in the previous week’s matchup against James Madison.
The fifth year quarterback entered this week’s matchup with his non-throwing hand wrapped up intending to play the full game with minimal movement in his non-dominant hand. However, he ended up leaving the game due to a shoulder injury according to the ESPN broadcast during the Saturday game.
Backup quarterback, Brock Domann, entered the game in hopes to lead the Cardinals to a comeback victory over the Tigers. He finished the game with 175 yards passing and a touchdown, which is a considerably impressive stat line considering he was not behind center for the entire game.
Unfortunately, Domann’s presence in the backfield did not end in a victory similar to earlier this year when he led the Cardinals to a victory over the Virginia Cavaliers, which was the first game in Louisville’s four-game win streak.
The highlight and focal point of the winning streak has to be this Louisville defense. Led by senior pass rushers Yaya Diaby and Yasir Abdullah, this defense is something special to behold as they are capable of scoring points every time they touch the field. This week they did not find their way into the endzone but they were still very productive.
Against the Tigers, Momo Sanogo led the way with 14 total tackles and one sack. Yasir Abdullah joined him in adding another sack, while emerging cornerback Kei’Trel Clark added another tackle for loss. Clark has been a remarkable storyline for the Cardinals over these past few weeks due to his incredible performances between the endzones.
Prior to the Clemson matchup, Clark accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Bowl becoming the second member of the Cardinal defense to attend a post-season all-star bowl.
Louisville now sits with a 6-4 record with only two more games left in the regular season. Next week’s (11/19/2022) matchup against NC State is set for kickoff at 3:30 PM in Cardinal Stadium. Followed by the last regular season matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats set for November 26th in Lexington.