NCAAF Game Recap - Virginia at Louisville
Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Oct 26, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Virginia (5-3)

7

7

0

7

21

Louisville (5-3)

7

0

7

14

28

Louisville rallies before holding off Virginia 28-21
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With Heisman Trophy-winning predecessor Lamar Jackson observing, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham showed his own ability for creating excitement with his arm and feet.

Cardinals running back Javian Hawkins and an opportunistic defense also made their marks in a hard-earned victory over Virginia.

Cunningham and Hawkins accounted for two touchdowns apiece, including one each in the fourth quarter, and Louisville made a final defensive stand to hold off the Cavaliers 28-21 on Saturday.

Getting there required rallying twice, including a 14-7 halftime deficit in which the Cardinals (5-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) started Cunningham for one quarter before switching to freshman Evan Conley in the second for a different pace.

Cunningham was back in the pocket after halftime and delivered a Jackson-like clutch performance.

The sophomore completed 6 of 10 passes for 126 yards, most coming on a shovel pass to Tutu Atwell for a 77-yard touchdown that marked career bests for both players and a season high for Louisville. Cunningham carried 11 times for 97 yards including a 48-yarder overshadowed by an even bigger play that put Louisville ahead for good.

The Cardinals converted a late third-quarter fumble recovery by C.J. Avery into Cunningham's 25-yard scoring run with 14:22 remaining for a 21-14 lead. After faking to Hawkins, Cunningham dashed to the left side and had plenty of room to score, pleasing a rain-soaked crowd significantly smaller than the announced 48,689.

"We needed to stay the course and run the ball because the wind was starting to get bad," Cunningham said. "We would have to establish the running game in order for them to come up so we could hit some shots down the field."

Hawkins added a 17-yard TD with 2:46 left for a two-touchdown cushion that proved critical as the Cavaliers (5-3, 3-2) made a last charge.

Bryce Perkins' 4-yard scoring pass to Tavares Kelly made it 28-21 with 21 seconds left, and Virginia recovered the onside kick two seconds later at the Louisville 41. The Cavs managed just one more yard, and Perkins' deep pass to the end zone fell incomplete in the rain as time expired.

"It was reminiscent of the Miami game to throw a ball into the end zone at the end," said Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, referring to his team's 17-9 loss on Oct. 11. "We didn't make enough plays and obviously I haven't coached our team well enough to make plays in settings on the road to compensate from being away from home."

Louisville, on the other hand, answered its gut checks.

Hawkins also had a 2-yard TD run as the Cardinals outgained Virginia 360-311 on a cool, soggy day. With the 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning Jackson present for homecoming, Louisville moved within a game of becoming bowl eligible after finishing 2-10 last season.

"I was really proud of our guys, proud of our team how they continue to fight," Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said. "In the second quarter, we're backed up and never could get out of there. Nobody hung their head when we came in down seven at halftime, and we had a good game plan coming out in the second half."

Virginia's Wayne Taulapapa rushed for two touchdowns while Perkins completed 24 of 41 passes for 233 yards with an interception. But the Cavs lost for the third time in four games and missed a chance to stay firmly atop the ACC's Coastal Division.

JUMPING ROUTES

After the first four games without an interception, the Cardinals have six in the last four games. They also have three red-zone pickoffs the past two contests.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: Just as the Cavaliers appeared back in gear after routing Duke, they took a step back by letting underdog Louisville off the hook. They couldn't contain Louisville's speed and committed two turnovers, one that snuffed a chance to pad a first-half lead with the other leading to the go-ahead TD.

"We came in here and knew we wanted to score points," offensive tackle Ryan Nelson said. "We expected to score more points, and we just didn't execute."

Louisville: The Cardinals have room for improvement but enter a bye one game closer to bowl eligibility, a scenario that seemed impossible when the season started. After struggling against Clemson's defense, Cunningham's arm and quick feet helped them overcome a 14-7 halftime deficit and break through against Virginia's eighth-ranked defense.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Concludes its road schedule at North Carolina next Saturday.

Louisville: Visits Miami on Nov. 9 in the first meeting between the schools since the Cardinals won 31-13 in their inaugural ACC game.

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Passing

UVA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Armstrong 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
B. Perkins 41 24 58.5 1 233 39 1 72.5
Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Cunningham 10 6 60.0 1 126 77 0 137.5
E. Conley 4 2 50.0 0 7 6 0 56.3

Rushing

UVA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Kelly Jr. 1 0 0.0 0 0
W. Taulapapa 11 54 4.9 19 2
Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 28 136 4.9 19 2
M. Cunningham 11 97 8.8 48 1

Receiving

UVA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Dubois 7 93 13.3 39 0
T. Jana 6 75 12.5 24 0
Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Atwell 6 122 20.3 77 1
D. Fitzpatrick 1 10 10.0 10 0

Fumbles

UVA F FL
T. Jana 1 0
J. Reed 1 1
Lou F FL
T. Atwell 1 0

Returning

UVA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Reed 3 31.3 0 39 0 - 0 0
B. Kemp IV 0 - 0 0 2 1.5 0 4
Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Wakefield 2 22.0 0 24 0 - 0 0
R. Burns 0 - 0 0 1 34.0 0 34

Punting

UVA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
N. Griffin 7 304 43.4 78
Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 5 226 45.2 56

Takeaways

Lou Int Yds InTD
C. Jones 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UVA Lou
Points For 21 28
Total Yards 311 360
Rushing Yards 78 227
Passing Yards 233 133
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/42 8/14
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/0
First Downs 18 17
Penalties - Yards 8/70 5/30
Time Of Possession 42:42 18:18
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 5/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/43 5/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UVA Lou
UVA 9:44 TD Wayne Taulapapa 6 yd run (Brian Delaney kick) 7 0
Lou 10:33 TD Chatarius Atwell 77 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Blanton Creque kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter UVA Lou
UVA 4:47 TD Wayne Taulapapa 19 yd run (Brian Delaney kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter UVA Lou
Lou 9:07 TD Javian Hawkins 2 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 14 14
4th Quarter UVA Lou
Lou 0:38 TD Macale Cunningham 25 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 14 21
Lou 12:14 TD Javian Hawkins 17 yd run (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 14 28
UVA 14:39 TD Tavares Kelly Jr. 4 yd pass from Bryce Perkins (Brian Delaney kick) 21 28

Game Information

Stadium: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 48,689
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