UofL FOOTBALL | Cardinals are bowl bound after 7 point win over UVA
11/14/2015 04:43 PM
The Cardinals earned bowl eligibility Saturday afternoon with a 38-31 victory over Virginia. Louisville has now won six of their last seven games, and move to 6-4 on the season.
The Virginia Cavaliers kept the came close until the very end of regulation. After being tied at 17 at the half, and again at 24 at the top of the fourth quarter, the Cards jumped out to their biggest lead of the game with two straight touchdown to go up 38-24. The game seemed out of reach when the Cavaliers got the ball back with just under three minutes to play, but UVA quarterback Matt Johns led the Cavs on an eight play, 75 yard drive and scored with 1:16 left in the game to cut the Louisville lead to seven.
On the ensuing kickoff, UVA recovers an onside kick and a comeback effort looks all too possible, but a flag for illegal formation on UVA negates the recovery. They attempt another onside kick, but the Cards recover and kneel out the final minute of the game to take home their sixth win of the season.
This was the last game of the season in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which means it was the final game inside the stadium for the Louisville seniors.
After the game, head coach Bobby Petrino said this game was about having the seniors win their last game in this stadium. Petrino commended his seniors for their leadership and work ethic that kept the team together after an 0-3 start.
Virginia was completely incapable of stopping the Louisville rushing attack. The Cards put up 266 yards on the ground, three touchdowns, and averaged over seven yards per carry. This is the fifth game for Louisville with over 200 yards rushing.
Junior running back Brandon Radcliff lead all rushers with 146 yards and two touchdowns. His longest run was a touchdown effort from 36 yards out that gave Louisville a 14 point cushion late in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Bolin got the start under center, throwing 139 yards and one touchdown. Reggie Bonnafon also recorded a touchdown pass to Jaylen Smith to give Lousiville their first lead of the game.
The Cards now head on the road for two games to finish their season. Next week, Louisville takes on a very tough University of Pittsburgh team to take who are 7-3 and scoring 27 points a game.