Saturday, December 4, 2021

Cunningham runs for 3rd TD, Louisville tops Boston College

Louisville, Q. (NWN) — Malik Cunningham raced for three touchdowns, including a 14-yard clinching run with 2:53 remaining to score a milestone performance, and Louisville beat Boston College 28-14 on Saturday. Captured four turnovers by defeating Two-match losing streak.

Looking to come off a bye after four consecutive losses on aggregate points, the Cardinals (4–3, 2–2 Atlantic Coast Conference) followed up a BC touchdown with 21 unanswered points to take control before halftime. Could, or it seemed. Cunningham bowled two interceptions and Hasan Hall was caught in the middle of his TD.

After Josh Minkins picked BC’s Dennis Grosel in the end zone in the middle of the fourth quarter to stop a serious threat, Louisville freshman Travian Cooley took it back on the next play to set up the Eagles in the Louisville 30s. BC took advantage. Jalen Gill’s 6-yard TD reception to reach within 21-14 and make an interesting rain-soaked homecoming victory before Cunningham’s run.

“It came to the end right there and we were able to pull it off,” said Louisville coach Scott Satterfield. “That was a big time run by Cunningham to get that last touchdown.”

Of course, the mobile quarterback had a couple before that.

Cunningham rushed for 2,000 career yards and became the fifth Louisville player with at least 30 rushing TDs on a drive capped by his 1-yard run in the middle of the second quarter. Cunningham ran 16 times for 133 yards, completed nine of 17 passes for 107 yards, and credited his success to teammates.

“I wouldn’t have the stats that I would have if it weren’t for running backs and blockers on the field for receivers,” he said. “God has blessed me with the athletic ability that I possess.”

Cooley ran 13 times for 112 yards as Louisville racked up a season-high 331 yards, the most against Syracuse since 2019.

Grosel completed 17 of 32 passes for 141 yards and a TD, but threw two interceptions on his first start as Boston College (4-3, 0-3) dropped its third game in a row. Alec Sinkfield’s 11-yard TD run first briefly held BC up 7–0 before Cunningham took his turn to watch the receivers before being dropped for a 10-yard, game-tying score. time taken.

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Louisville trailed BC 438–266, but Eagles coach Jeff Halfley regretted his team’s failure to take advantage of the turnover.

“It wasn’t just takeaways away,” he said. “We were just incompetent on that, for most of the night, running the ball. When you take the ball away, like the defense did, you have to put it in the endzone, and we failed to do that. “

repeated pressure

After being criticized for sending just three pass rushers against pass-happy teams like Wake Forest and Virginia, Louisville’s defense brought home against BC early and often with six defenders. It was a vicious blind-side sack from Grosel by Yasir Abdullah alone in early possession and it included two more with two QB haste.

“When you’re down, it’s hard for you to stay on schedule,” Grosel said. “We expected them to be aggressive, but we handled it very well for the most part. You know, sometimes they get you.”

lots of seats

Announced attendance for Louisville’s homecoming game was a season-low 38,202 and even fewer were seen at the 62,000-seat stadium before the rain brought some spectators to ask for cover. There, those who remained created a vigorous atmosphere.


Boston College appeared ready to break through the recent scoring crisis by scoring the game’s first touchdown. The Eagles broke double digits but their TD was booked for aggressive clashes that could only convert one in four turnovers into points. He also made his share of mistakes, while allowing three sacks and seven tackles to make up for the loss.

Louisville looked like it would continue to have fourth-quarter defensive issues as BC got within a touchdown in the fourth. The Eagles never came close, and the defense kept them out of the last zone despite mistakes from Cunningham and offense. Again, the QB, Cooley and Mitchell did what was needed in the first half by running into a team that allowed less than 126 yards per game.


Boston College visits Syracuse on Saturdays.

Louisville visits the number 18 North Carolina state on Saturdays.


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