Louisville Cardinals' Defense Slams Door On UCONN Huskies

By Joseph Lisi
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Friday night’s game between the 20th-ranked Louisville Cardinals and the UCONN Huskies was considered a mismatch.

Louisville possessed a high-powered offensive attack led by Heisman hopeful quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. On the other hand, UCONN has been searching for answers on both sides of the ball since the firing of their former head coach Paul Pasqualoni after Week 4 of the season. That said, it was the Cardinals’ defense that stepped up and decided to take matters into their own hands in the decisive 31-10 road victory.

The Cardinals’ defense came out of the tunnel flat and lacking emotion to start the game. After the Huskies were able to drive down to the Cardinals’ 19-yard line on their opening drive, however, the defense dug in and forced the first turnover of the game. B.J. Dubose’s fumble recovery at the Cardinals’ nine-yard line sparked the team, and Louisville turned up the intensity from that point on.

Louisville’s ability to shut down the Huskies’ rushing attack was the difference in the outcome. The Cardinals’ defensive front clogged running lanes and made the Huskies’ offense one-dimensional. On the night, the Cardinals held UCONN to 58 yards rushing on 33 attempts (1.8 yards per carry). Once UCONN was behind and could rush the football, the secondary closed the door on the vertical passing attack.

Louisville held the Huskies to 179 yards passing and created five turnovers in the rout (three interceptions and two fumble recoveries). The Cardinals were able to play bump and run coverage on the outside and forced the UCONN wide receivers into working down the field.

For the game, Louisville held the Huskies to 237 total yards and 4.1 yards per pass play. Louisville moved to 8-1 on the season and UCONN remained winless as the Huskies moved to 0-8.

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