Louisville pulled out a thrilling 42-35 win Friday night against Central Florida after freshman linebacker Jaylin Alderman returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown with factual 13 seconds to journey.
Alderman’s interception and return, which got right here one play after Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham threw his personal interception at the UCF 46, broke a 35-35 tie and helped Louisville acquire its largest win of the season.
The Knights seemed in correct set apart to doubtlessly finish the help-and-forth contest, which featured 5 ties, in regulations after Cunningham’s grab. But on the ensuing play UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel’s cross turned into popped up into the air and Alderman pounced, streaking down the shut to sideline and into the finish zone for the victory.
Here are two broad takeaways from the win that improved Louisville to 2-1:
Louisville may maybe maybe wish discovered an offense
The Cardinals spent the first two weeks of the season hearing about how cross the offense turned into playing and for correct intention: it wasn’t correct.
The first two drives against Central Florida weren’t correct, both. A turnover on downs and a three-and-out despatched flashbacks to the Ole Miss game, nevertheless the Cardinals seemed be pleased a completely assorted group after that.
The Cardinals totaled 501 yards and it turned into a barely balanced assault. Louisville ran for 191 yards and threw for 310 yards. Quarterback Malik Cunningham finished 23-of-38 passes and discovered 10 assorted receivers for a completion. His legs were also a weapon as he ran for 99 yards in the game.
Louisville’s offensive line turned into distinguished improved, getting a push against the No. 1 slouch defense in the nation entering this game. The mix of slouch and cross, with about a rapid plays, in actuality spread out things against a Central Florida defense that turned into distinguished improved from a twelve months in the past.
For 2 weeks followers maintain been asking, the set apart’s the Louisville offense. The Cardinals confirmed everything folks expected on Friday and left optimism going into the ACC opener against Florida Declare next Saturday.
Protection bounces help with solid game against proficient UCF offense
Louisville’s defense struggled against Ole Miss, giving up 569 total yards, nevertheless against UCF it turned into distinguished better.
The Cardinals gave up 420 total yards and contained the Knights’ passing game led by quarterback Dillon Gabriel. Central Florida got right here into the game as the No. 2 offense in the nation, averaging 622 yards.
Fully shutting down the Knights wasn’t going to be easy, nevertheless the Cardinals defense did enough – and in the finish even offered the game-winning catch.
Contributing: Jace Evans, USA TODAY Sports