UofL gets signature victory by winning at Notre Dame 31-28
11/22/2014 07:43 PM
Brandon Radcliff ran for 136 yards and a touchdown, as the Louisville Cardinals held on to beat Notre Dame in South Bend 31-28. It is arguably the biggest win of the season for the 24th ranked Cardinals who earlier this season, had blown leads against ACC powers Florida State and Clemson. With the victory, Louisville improves to 8-3 on the season.
The Cardinals found themselves trailing the Irish 20-17 in the third quarter when Reggie Bonnafon went to work. The Freshman Quarterback hit Devante Parker for a 21 yard touchdown pass to make it 24-20 visitors. Parker finished with four catches for 65 yards, while Bonnafon was just 8 of 21 for 180 yards including that touchdown and an interception. Still, in the 4th quarter when Radcliff ran it in from 15 yards to make it 31-20 Cards, things looked good for UofL.
However the ball started taking funny bounces. First Irish QB Everett Golson (16 of 24 for 236 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int) threw a wild pass in the back of the end zone that was deflected right to Notre Dame’s Will Fuller for a touchdown. Add in a two point conversion, and Louisville’s lead was cut to 3, 31-28. Then, after a Cardinals drive stalled deep in Irish territory, Cards kicker John Wallace missed a 37 yarder wide right.
So Notre Dame had one last chance in the final minutes to tie or get the outright victory. The Irish quickly drove down the field, but when their drive stalled, Irish kicker Kyle Brindza, who had missed two late field goals in last week’s upset loss to Northwestern, pushed this 32 yarder wide right as well. Louisville ran out the clock and escaped with the 31-28 victory, thrilling the thousands of Louisville fans in attendance, who made the trip to South Bend to experience the first meeting between these two schools.
The Irish are now 7-4. They started the season 6-0, but have now dropped three in a row and four of five. The Cards have now won two in a row and three of four. Louisville finishes the regular season next Saturday by hosting arch rival Kentucky. The Wildcats were idle this weekend. At 5-6, UK must win to be bowl eligible. Kickoff time still has not been decided, but should be announced sometime Sunday afternoon.
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