NCAAF Game Recap - Louisville at North Carolina State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Louisville (6-4)

0

7

20

7

34

North Carolina State (4-6)

0

10

0

10

20

Louisville airs it out in 34-20 win over NC State
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:36 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Louisville’s big-play passing ability helped the Cardinals clinch bowl eligibility Saturday night as Micale Cunningham threw four touchdown passes in a 34-20 win over N.C. State.

With the Wolfpack missing its top five cornerbacks because of injury, Cunningham completed deep scoring passes of 43 yards to Dez Fitzpatrick, 74 yards to Tutu Atwell and 42 yards to Marshon Ford before adding a 1-yard touchdown throw to Evan Pfiefer. Placekicker Ryan Chalifoux added a fifth pass for a score with a 7-yard completion to Ford on a fake field goal as Louisville improved to 6-4 overall, 4-3 in the ACC.

“That’s kind of been our game plan all year,” said Louisville coach Scott Satterfield. “We want to run the football, and if guys are playing us one-on-one on the outside, we’ve got to take our shots. We connected on a lot of those shots.”

N.C. State (4-6, 1-5), which has five starters overall out for the season due to injury, led 10-7 at halftime after a 15-yard, second-quarter scoring pass from Devin Leary to Emeka Emezie, but gave up two touchdowns in the first 2:30 of the third quarter to fall behind by a double-digit margin.

Louisville has a reputation for big gains in the passing game as Cunningham and speedy wideouts Atwell and Fitzpatrick have stretched defenses vertically all season. The Cardinals’ 17.0 yards per completion entering Saturday’s game ranked fifth in the nation, and Louisville had 13 completions of at least 40 yards in its first nine games.

That deep-passing ability made the Cardinals an extremely challenging matchup for the banged-up N.C. State defensive backfield. Fitzpatrick got wide open behind the defense for the first touchdown of the game, and the speedy Atwell got matched up with a linebacker for the go-ahead score on the opening possession of the third quarter.

“In the first half, I missed a couple throws, a couple guys over the middle,” Cunningham said. “That’s what we went into halftime and corrected, those mistakes. And we executed well in the second half.”

Cunningham was 13-for-20 passing for 242 yards, but Chalifoux provided the most memorable play of the night on a fake field goal play the Cardinals have been practicing all season. Chalifoux rolled right and saw nothing but N.C. State players in front of him at first. But he patiently held the ball until Ford got free of the defense to allow the kicker to deliver the pass.

Shortly afterward, the team marked its return to the postseason with a raucous celebration in the locker room.

“That was something you’re going to remember the rest of your life,” Chalifoux said. “Being able to be those guys celebrating a win, celebrating Louisville coming through, bouncing back this year, being able to become bowl-eligible. … Being a part of something special, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

N.C. State succeeded in its plan to slow down a Louisville rushing attack that was averaging 218.1 yards per game. The Cardinals ran for just 77 yards but took advantage of opportunities against a depleted secondary as the Wolfpack crowded the line of scrimmage.

“We can’t give up the big, explosive plays, and we’ve got to make plays on the football that are there to be made,” said N.C. State coach Dave Doeren. “Even the fake field goal, we had a guy right there and it went right through his hands into their guy’s hands. That’s what happened.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals won after trailing at halftime for just the second time this season; they had been 1-4 when behind at the intermission. Becoming bowl eligible with two games to go is a good indicator of progress under first-year coach Satterfield after a 2-10 effort in 2018.

N.C. State: The injury-riddled Wolfpack showed heart in posting a halftime lead before losing their fourth straight game. But the loss leaves N.C. State needing wins in its last two games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina to become bowl eligible.

TURNOVER TURNAROUND

N.C. State continued its recent trend of turnover-prone efforts after a stellar start to the season with respect to ball security. The Wolfpack lost two fumbles and threw an interception on a shovel pass, and now have suffered 10 turnovers in their past three games after committing just six turnovers in their first seven games.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT

With 67 yards on 16 carries, Louisville redshirt freshman running back Javian Hawkins finished the game with 1,045 rushing yards for the season. He is 2 yards short of the Cardinals’ freshman season rushing record set by Victor Anderson in 2008.

UP NEXT

Louisville: Plays its only November home game on Saturday against Syracuse.

N.C. State: Meets Georgia Tech on Thursday night in its final road game of the season.

Passing

Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Cunningham 20 13 65.0 4 242 74 0 146.3
R. Chalifoux 1 1 100.0 1 7 7 0 135.4
NCSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Lesane 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
T. Thomas 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6

Rushing

Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 16 67 4.2 23 0
M. Cunningham 16 9 0.6 9 0
NCSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Knight 12 61 5.1 23 0
J. Houston 7 28 4.0 16 0

Receiving

Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Atwell 5 110 22.0 74 1
D. Fitzpatrick 4 72 18.0 43 1
NCSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Emezie 8 90 11.3 21 1
T. Thomas 4 45 11.3 20 0

Fumbles

Lou F FL
M. Cunningham 1 0
NCSt F FL
Z. Knight 1 1
D. Leary 2 0

Returning

Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Hall 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
R. Burns 0 - 0 0 1 21.0 0 21
NCSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Ingle 2 22.5 0 26 0 - 0 0
K. Lesane 2 18.5 0 25 0 - 0 0

Punting

Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 4 141 35.3 46
NCSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Gill 2 108 54.0 58

Takeaways

Lou Int Yds InTD
D. Etheridge 1 4 0

Team Stats Comparison

Lou NCSt
Points For 34 20
Total Yards 326 377
Rushing Yards 77 134
Passing Yards 249 243
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/21 24/46
Turnovers 0 3
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 4/2
First Downs 17 25
Penalties - Yards 10/66 4/51
Time Of Possession 26:26 34:34
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/14 8/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 3/4
Punts - Average Yards 4/35 2/54

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Lou NCSt
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Lou NCSt
Lou 3:06 TD Dez Fitzpatrick 43 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 7 0
NCSt 7:19 FG Christopher Dunn 28 yd FG 7 3
NCSt 10:59 TD Emeka Emezie 15 yd pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn kick) 7 10
3rd Quarter Lou NCSt
Lou 1:36 TD Chatarius Atwell 74 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 14 10
Lou 2:30 TD Marshon Ford 42 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (missed kick) 20 10
Lou 10:16 TD Ean Pfeifer 1 yd pass from Macale Cunningham (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 27 10
4th Quarter Lou NCSt
NCSt 0:49 TD Ricky Person 16 yd pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn kick) 27 17
Lou 5:18 TD Marshon Ford 7 yd pass from Ryan Chalifoux (Ryan Chalifoux kick) 34 17
NCSt 10:41 FG Christopher Dunn 27 yd FG 34 20

Game Information

Stadium: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
Attendance: 54,089
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