UofL defeats Miami in season, ACC opener

09/01/2014 11:24 PM

The Louisville Cardinals started off their inaugural season in the ACC well with a big 31-13 win over Miami in the season opener.

The star of the game was the entire UofL defense. They limited the Miami offense to just 113 yards passing and 75 yards on the ground. With Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya untested, the UofL defense loaded up in the box and dared Kaaya to throw the ball. Overall, he only threw two interceptions, but for most of the game, Kaaya looked uncomfortable running the offense all night.

Will Gardner showed some cracks in his first start at Louisville. He fumbled the ball twice, both on sacks that automatically put the Hurricanes in the red zone. Thanks to the Louisville defense, the Cards only gave up three points on those two turnovers. Gardner ended the game 20-for-28 for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns.

But when the UofL offense needed a spark, junior running back Corvin Lamb was there with a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown to give Louisville a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. Lamb passed the torch to senior running back Dominique Brown who was the work horse for Louisville. He ended the game with 143 yards rushing for his third career 100-yard game. He also scored one touchdown for UofL.

Next up, Louisville takes on Murray State this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.


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