Final Takeaways From Louisville Football’s Win Over Duke

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - OCTOBER 28: Jawhar Jordan #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates a touchdown with Ahmari Huggins-Bruce #9 during the first half in the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cardinal Stadium on October 28, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - OCTOBER 28: Jawhar Jordan #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates a touchdown with Ahmari Huggins-Bruce #9 during the first half in the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cardinal Stadium on October 28, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Oct 28, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Jawhar Jordan (25) celebrates with offensive lineman Michael Gonzalez (68) after making a first down against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Duke 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Jawhar Jordan (25) celebrates with offensive lineman Michael Gonzalez (68) after making a first down against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Duke 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: Jeff Brohm and Jack Plummer learned from the Pitt game

I know it might seem like a basic fact that Brohm and QB Jack Plummer would have learned from the Pitt loss, but that is not always the case. For instance, Plummer threw the ball for 50 times in the Pitt game, and commited 3 turnovers in the loss as well, but against Duke he threw it just 16 times. Brohm saw what happened in the Pitt loss and corrected it by throwing the ball less, and focusing on running the ball better since that is what worked before. Plummer had 117 passing yards with no turnovers, and the Cardinals rushed for over 250 yards in the win as well. Brohm learned to stick with what was working before and it resulted in a huge win.

Plummer seemed a lot more poised in the game as well, he looked more comfortable in the pocket, and made the throws needed to keep the lead with Louisville. The defense was also much better in the game against Duke too. They attacked the backfield more, and had a lot more success in doing so. The Cardinals had 4 sacks and 6 tackles for loss in the game, and Duke QB Riley Leonard was rattled since the opening kickoff.

Ashton Gillotte also proved he is a force of nature with 2 sacks in the first quarter, and led the defense throughout the game with pressure.

Brohm should keep this momentum going and run what is working for the Cardinals. They will need to do so to finish out the rest of their schedule.