Cards come close, but football is not horseshoes

10/11/2014 07:33 PM

The Louisville Cardinals came close, but football is neither horseshoes nor hand grenades. Saturday Clemson got the best of Louisville in Death Valley 23-17 thanks to some questionable play calling at the end of the game. Trailing by 6 in the final 1:10 and no time outs, Louisville had a first and goal at the Clemson 8. Cards QB Will Gardner passed 7 yards to the 1 yard line. Louisville elected to run the ball on second down, and when Dominique Brown was stopped for a 1 yard loss, UofL decided to spike the ball on third down to stop the clock. So having sacrificed their third down play, the game came down to one play. Will Gardner’s 4th down roll out and pass was deflected and fell incomplete. The Tigers ran out the clock and left their home field with the 6 point victory.

Louisville’s defense was stellar yet again. Clemson did not score an offensive touchdown. The Tigers two trips to the endzone came via a 72 yard punt return by Adam Humphries in the first quarter, and a Reggie Bonnafon fumble into the endzone in the second quarter that was recovered by Clemson.

Once again turnovers and penalties killed UofL. Louisville lost two fumbles while also being flagged 11 times for 65 yards. Reggie Bonnafon started at quarterback but the Cardinals Freshman was largely ineffective and pulled in the third quarter for Gardner the sophomore. With the loss, Louisville falls to 5-2 overall, 3-2 in the ACC, while Clemson improves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference. Louisville is back home next Saturday hosting NC State with a kickoff of 3:30pm.

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