BOZICH | Louisville trails Virginia, 6-0, despite QB change
By Rick Bozich
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDRB) — Changing quarterbacks has not been the answer for the University of Louisville football team — at least not through the first half of the Cards’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Virginia Saturday.
Louisville will begin the second half trailing the Cavaliers, 6-0. The home team kicked two field goals. The Cards have been outgained 156-88. In four games, Louisville has scored only 10 first-half points.
As promised by coach Bobby Petrino on Monday, Malik Cunningham, a redshirt freshman, took over for Jawon Pass at quarterback.
Petrino reinforced his belief in Cunningham by choosing to receive after the Cardinals won the toss.
Here is what happened on Louisville’s first series: Dae Williams was stopped for no gain. Williams ran for six yards. Jaylen Smith, who was open with room to run, dropped a solid spiral from Cunningham.
Call Mason King. Time for a punt.
That was the offensive story of the first half for Louisville — again.
Punt. Punt. Interception. Stopped on fourth down after they were unable to convert on fourth and two from the Virginia 36. Another punt, King's 22nd this season.
The Cardinals managed five offensive possessions. They generated six first downs. Cunningham completed 6 of 9 for only 39 yards, with an interception that led to Virginia's first field goal. Cunningham also led U of L in rushing with 26 yards on 10 carries.
There’s plenty of time to rally. Virginia’s offense has not reminded anybody of Clemson. Virginia has pushed the ball inside the Louisville 20 three times but managed only three field-goal attempts.
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