Louisville defeats FIU 34-3

By on September 20, 2014

 

Louisville moved to 3-1 after a 34-3 route of Florida International in Miami, Florida on Saturday afternoon.

Wait for it…

Instead of starting at its scheduled time of 3:30, kickoff was pushed back to 4:40 because of inclement weather.  It continued to rain throughout the game, the heaviest rainfall coming late in the first quarter.

4th down conversions

During the Cardinal’s opening drive that ended with a one yard touchdown run by L.J. Scott, Louisville converted on its eighth fourth down conversion of the season.  The offense ended the game 2 for 3 on fourth down conversions, setting the season mark at 9 for 11.  Louisville converted just two fourth downs last season.

Return of 5

Michael Dyer made his season debut on the Cardinal’s opening drive.  The senior running back finished the game with eight carries for 16 yards.

Batted Down

After seven deflections in last week’s loss to Virginia, FIU knocked down two of Will Gardner’s passes.

Slowed in the Red Zone

Gardner fumbled on the FIU 18 yard line midway through the second quarter, marking the first time this season Louisville hasn’t scored when in the red zone.

Pick 6

Gerod Holliman picked off his fourth pass of the season and returned it 32 yards to put Louisville up 14-0 with 5:33 left in the second quarter.  On the next play from scrimmage, Holliman hauled in the nation’s fifth leading interception.

Deep Strike

Gardner connected with James Quick for a 74 yard touchdown late in the second quarter, the longest play from scrimmage this season.

Quick Impact

Quick, the sophomore from Trinity High School in Louisville, finished with seven catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns.  Last season, he had just six catches for 73 yards.

Gardner goes down

Midway through the third quarter, with Louisville leading 31-3, Gardner took a late hit to his left knee and was forced to leave to the game.  He finished 16 of 28 for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

Next Up

Louisville hosts Wake Forest (2-2)  next Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

 

 

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