Louisville defeats Wake Forest 20-10

By on September 27, 2014


Louisville defeated Wake Forest 20-10 on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  The Cardinals (4-1) trailed by three in fourth quarter, but responded with 13 unanswered points to seal their second victory in the ACC.

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Freshman Reggie Bonnafon made his first career start at quarterback, finishing the game 16-32 for 206 yards.  The local Trinity product connected with eight different receivers.

“I thought Reggie showed a lot of poise and competitive spirit.  He certainly had his share of mistakes out there,” Petrino said.

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Sophomore Brandon Radcliff started over Dominique Brown and ended with a career day.  Radcliff ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also had two receptions for 30 yards.

“When your number is called you just have to come out and capitalize on it,” Radcliff said.

Protecting the Ball

Louisville lost three fumbles during the game, bringing the season total to nine lost fumbles through five games.  Bonnafon fumbled twice, losing one in the end zone for Wake Forest’s only touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Impressive Drive

Trailing 3-0 at the 6:25 mark in the second quarter, Louisville busted out 80 yards in five plays to take a 7-3 lead.  The 2:30 drive included a 33 yard reception by Brandon Radcliff, who then capped off the drive with a 29 yard touchdown run.

Deacon’s struggles

Wake Forest finished with just 100 yards of total offense.  The Demon Deacon’s had just seven first downs and were 2 of 16 on third down conversions throughout the game.


Lorenzo Mauldin went down in the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury, but returned for a strong second half.  Mauldin recorded three of the Cardinals eight sacks after his return.

“At first when I hurt my shoulder I thought I tore my labrum again.  They doctored me up, and god said they needed me so I chose to step it up,” Mauldin said.


Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson was ejected in the first quarter after his hit on Kai De La Cruz was reviewed and ruled as targeting.

Place Kicking

Kicker John Wallace missed his two field goals from 46 and 45 yards in the second quarter.  The junior connected from 31 and 34 yards in the second half.

Up Next

Louisville will play at Syracuse on Friday October 3.

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