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Lots of concerns for Louisville

Posted 7:21 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

KENTUCKY TODAY

Yellow flags weren’t the only thing flying around Cardinal Stadium on Friday night when Louisville’s confusing Jekyll/Hyde football team fell to Florida State (3-0, 1-0) 35 -31 in a disappointing start at home to an announced crowd of 46,459 and a national television audience.

There were also plenty of red flags, indicating coach Scott Satterfield’s cleanup job is far from done and raising questions about the Cardinals’ immediate future (1-2, 0-2) given that hey needed to build momentum and cushion in the win column before facing by far the toughest part of their schedule in the final six games.

Here’s a partial list of reasons why Satterfield should be very worried, in addition to the U of L having already played out any realistic chance for an ACC Atlantic Division Championship:

• Penalties continued to be a serious problem, with the Cards committing 11 for 81 yards, many of which blocked drives, nullified a good play or kept an FSU drive alive. According to the official play-by-play, six of them were pre-snap violations, including four false starts, each by a different player. The Cards entered the game as one of the most penalized teams in the country and showed no improvement in this area.

• The Cardinals committed three turnovers, adding to the sloppy performance — two fumbles and quarterback Malik Cunningham’s last-minute interception as the Cards headed for an eventual tied touchdown. That’s seven turnovers in the two losses.

• The defense gave up 495 total rushing yards and couldn’t contain an inexperienced backup who threw just two passes last season and had just 18 shots in two seasons with the Seminoles.

Second Redshirt Tate Rodemaker replaced starter Jordan Travis late in the second quarter and went 6 of 10 for 109 yards and two touchdowns while FSU’s three running backs combined for 220 yards and a seven-plus average yards per rush. Treshaun Ward led all rushers with 126 yards on 10 carries.

“We have to finish and limit explosive plays,” U of L linebacker Momo Sanago said. ” That’s what it’s about. Just finish. That’s what’s on the back of our shirts, that’s what we trained for all summer. We have to attack and come into every game ready for blood.

The loss eclipsed another strong performance from QB Malik Cunningham, who completed 21 of 34 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown, and added 127 yards and two rushing touchdowns as the U of L compiled an all-out offense of 495 yards.

Louisville will be favored to return to the winning side when it hosts USF next Saturday at noon. The Bulls (1-2) missed a last-second field goal on Saturday that would have forced overtime in a loss to Florida.

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