Cards stand tall in 38-19 win at Boston College
11/08/2014 11:17 PM
At times it wasn’t pretty. Much of the first half was downright frustrating for Louisville fans. However the Cardinals never got down on themselves, took the lead against Boston College late in the second quarter, and then never trailed in the second half. Louisville defeats BC 38-19. With the victory, UofL improves to 7-3 overall, 5-3 in the ACC while the Eagles drop to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Early on it appeared to be one of those nights for UofL. Three times in the first half, Louisville had the ball inside the BC 5 yard line and only came away with a field goal. One time the Cards were stopped on downs and another time Brandon Radcliff fumbled the ball near the goal line. However late in the second quarter, the Cards scored two touchdowns in under five minutes, thanks in part to a blocked punt that led to a Reggie Bonnafon touchdown toss to DeVante Parker.
The Cards were opportunistic. Besides the blocked punt, Louisville’s defense picked off BC quarterback Tyler Murphy four times, three by safety Gerod Holliman. The sophomore safety now has 13, most in the nation. Offensively, Parker went over the 100 yard mark for the 8th time in his career. The Receiver finished with 8 catches for 144 yards. Bonnafon came off the bench to relieve starting Quarterback Will Gardner, when the sophomore appeared to tweak his knee. Bonnafon threw for 69 yards, but that included two touchdown passes. The freshman also ran for 76 yards which incuded another score on the ground.
The Cards were somewhat shorthanded. Besides Gardner leaving the game, Louisville was without two injured starters on the defensive line, senior DE Lorenzo Mauldin and junior Pio Vatuvei. Then, hours before kickoff it was announced that wide out and returner James Quick would miss the game for a violation of team rules.
The Cards now head into a bye week. Louisville’s next game is at nationally ranked Notre Dame on Saturday November 22nd. That game kicks off at 3:30pm ET. The regular season finale will be the following weekend when Louisville hosts Kentucky. That game time has not yet been determined.
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