Back in the olden days, you know the Sixties and Seventies, one became accustomed to seeing the University of Louisville football team getting butt kicked week after week. There were a few glory years, with Orange and Sugar bowl wins sprinkled in, evoking visions of a football school.
Sorry friends, but the bad old days appear to be back. So much for the last season’s quick turnaround, the 8-5 won-lost record raising expectations all too quickly. The bad times are back, with Louisville losing its third game in a row. The latest loss, a 46-27 decision at Georgia Tech, confirming that the Cardinals’ struggles are going to be a season-long ordeal. The currently team bearing little resemblance to the one that won the Music City Bowl.
This was a game in which the Cardinals were favored to win, possibly the last one this season barring any unexpected improvements. A team with largely the same roster that greatly overachieved in year one of Coach Scott Satterfield’s tenure. A team many expected to compete for a spot in the ACC championship. A team seemingly headed in the opposite direction.
Louisville running backs losing three fumbles while Georgia Tech did not commit a turnover. The Cardinals getting off to a good start on its opening drive, seemingly ready to have an easy night. Not meant to be, the Yellow Jackets taking full advantage, scoring a touchdown and destroying the vibe.
Hawkins was credited with 155 yards for the Cardinals but his fumble in the fourth quarter was costly. Jordan Domineck’s recovery near midfield set up Sims’ scoring pass to Gibbs, who vaulted defensive back Isaiah Hayes at the goal line to give the Yellow Jackets a 32-27 lead.
Quarterback Malik Cunningham passed for 229 yards with two touchdowns and ran for two scores. Sounds better than it was, he was struggling most of the night.
An open date would have been nice next week. But it’s off to South Bend, Indiana on Oct. 17th for a nationally televised game against Notre Dame. Grin and bear it, expect another long day.