Cardinals look for redemption against NC State


Preparation didn’t lead to performance.

Louisville football’s defense couldn’t slow down Miami in a 52-27 loss last week. Despite having its best week of practice following a bye week, Louisville allowed 449 yards of offense and Hurricane quarterback Darren Williams threw six touchdowns.

“It was very disappointing, it was our best week of practice all year long,” Louisville defensive coordinator Bryan Brown said. “We laid a big fat egg.”

Miami scored touchdowns on its first four drives and led by 21 points by halftime. Miami had its longest offensive play of the season in the first quarter on a 67-yard touchdown reception by Dee Wiggins when Cardinal cornerback Marlon Character got turned around in one-on-one coverage.

Miami averaged 8.2 yards per play, scoring on eight of their first 11 possessions.

“A lot of it was some mental miscues and they made some plays and we didn’t,” Brown said. “We didn’t execute.”

Louisville’s defense made some adjustments as it prepares for NC State Nov. 16. Brown said the players responded well.

“We had to get after them a little bit because it’s our base stuff that we are screwing up,” Brown said.

Devin Leary has taken control of NC State’s huddle in recent weeks. The redshirt freshman quarterback has taken a majority of the snaps in the past three weeks.

He completed 14 of 29 passes for 166 yards against Clemson last week. Brown thinks Leary throws the ball for an NC State offense that’s averaging 23.2 points per game.

“Their quarterback is really sharp,” Brown said. “He does a good job managing the offense for what they want to do.”

After allowing 197 rushing yards last week against Miami, Louisville will face an NC State rushing attack averaging 146.4 yards per game. Running backs Jordan Houston and Zonovan Knight, who both average over five yards per carry, have combined for 875 rushing yards for NC State.

“The running backs are phenomenal, bot of those guys are really good,” Brown said. “They are hard to tackle.”