Gameday Open Thread/Live Blog: Hilltoppers @ Cardinals | Game 1

MatthewMcGavic

After a long and tumultuous offseason that threatened the status of the 2020 season, the Louisville Cardinals are set to retake the field of Cardinal Stadium. Their first test of the season will come against Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Both teams are looking to build off successful 2019 campaigns under first year head coaches. Scott Satterfield led the Cardinals to an 8-5 season including a Music City Bowl win over Mississippi State, while Tyson Helton guided the Hilltoppers to 9-4 with a First Responder Bowl win over Western Michigan. Both won "Coach of the Year" in their respective conferences.

Want to join the conversation? It's easy! Just go to the top of the site, click the follow button in the right-hand corner, then log in with either Facebook or Google.

From there, sound off in the comment section and share your reactions & observations as we react to the game in real-time.

--------------------

Date/Time/Place: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. EST, Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

Surface: Field Turf

Capacity: 60,800

Records: Louisville 0-0, 0-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference, 8-5, 5-3 in 2019; Western Kentucky 0-0, 0-0 in Conference-USA, 9-4, 6-2 in 2019

Betting Line: Louisville by 11.5

Series Notes: Louisville holds a 21-12 lead in the overall series, with an 18-4 lead in Louisville. The Cardinals are on an eleven-game win streak against the Hilltoppers, dating all the way back to 1982. Louisville last faced Western Kentucky in 2019, winning 38-21 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

TV: ACC Network; Roy Philpott (PxP), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst) & Eric Wood (sidelines).

Radio (Louisville): 840 AM; Paul Rogers (PxP), Craig Swabek & Jody Demling (analysts)

Preview: Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

--------------------

Injury Notes: Head coach Scott Satterfield noted earlier this week that he did not expect any players to sit out "due to injury or illness".

--------------------

Game Day Uniform: Louisville will be debuting the matte black helmet, and it will be accompanied by a red jersey and black pants.

--------------------

Weather Report: Scattered Thunderstorms. 82F and 55% chance of rain at kickoff. Winds S at 5 mph.

--------------------

Early results from future opponents:

  • Miami 31, UAB 14 - Miami (1-0, 0-0) travels to Louisville on Sept. 19.
  • No. 18 North Carolina 31, Syracuse 6 - Syracuse (0-1, 0-1) travels to Louisville on Nov. 20.
  • No. 10 Notre Dame 27, Duke 13 - Louisville travels to Notre Dame (1-0, 1-0) on Oct. 17.
  • Pittsburgh 55, Austin Peay 0 - Louisville travels to Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0) on Sept. 26.

--------------------

*Make sure to click the refresh button to stay up to date on today's game. Game updates will be provided in the comments section*

--------------------

Be sure to like us on Facebook & Twitter for future coverage of Louisville Cardinals athletics:

Facebook - @LouisvilleOnSI

Twitter - @LouisvilleOnSI and Matthew McGavic at @GeneralWasp

Comments (50)
No. 1-49
MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Final: Louisville 35, Western Kentucky 21.

Full Stats:

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Cunningham got shoved pretty hard out of bounds, and appropriately the unnecessary roughness flag gets thrown.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU attempts the onside kick but commits an illegal touching penalty. Cards take over.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Pigrome has his first passing touchdown of the game to cut the deficit back to two scores.

5:40 4Q: 35-21, UofL

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville also forced to punt.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Pigrome works his way out of a sack, but throws an incompletion on fourth down to give the Cards the ball back.

Louisville takes over at the four yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville also forced to punt. WKU gets just past midfield as the third quarter ends.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU take advantage of the turnover and are forced to punt.

Cards take over at the 47 yards line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU gets a tip drill interception on 4th and 11. Not sure why they didn't just bat the ball down.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Monty Montgomery with the HUGE sack on 4th and 10. He has two on this drive alone.

Cards take over at the 49-yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Micale Cunningham has set a new career high in passing yards with 317.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Cunningham nearly threw a surefire interception, but Dez Fitzpatrick takes it to the house for a 70-yard score.

35-14 UofL, 8:58 3Q.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

RB Malik Staples, the former UofL LB, punches it in from the one-yard line.

28-14 UofL, 10:23 3Q.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU blocks the Louisville punt to get set up inside the five yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU can't advance any farther and are forced to punt. Defense did a great job swarming to the ball on that drive.

Punt rolls to the 12-yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

UofL defense swarms to the ball on first two plays of WKU drive, then an Anthony Johnson pass interference call gifts them a first down.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Stats at the Half:

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU takes a knee and heads to the locker room.

Half: UofL 28, WKU 7.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Marshon Ford collects his first score of the season on a two-yard curl route. Cards now up 28-7 with 42 seconds left in the half.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Hall then proceeds to rush for 41 yards on the next play.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

A beautiful cut by Hassan Hall picks up the first down for Louisville.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville is now 6-8 on third downs in this game, but Cards aren't doing themselves favors by getting onto long third down situations.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU can't convert again, but the UofL defense letting Pigrome have way too much time in the pocket.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Tyrrell Pigrome converts the WKU 3rd & 8 with a 25 yard rush. Toppers at midfield.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Javian Hawkins caps off the long drive with a 19-yard touchdown run.

21-7 UofL, 9:21 2Q.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Braden Smith is the first Louisville player with 100 yards in his first game as a Cardinal since Deion Branch in 2000 vs. UK.

He has 111 yards on two receptions.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU's first drive of the second quarter results in a three-and-out, Rodjay Burns takes the punt up to the 35-yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

First play of the second quarter - Micale Cunningham scrambles for a 14-yard touchdown run.

14-7 UofL, 14:54 2Q.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

End of 1st: Louisville 7, WKU 7.

Cards have 171 yards of offense to WKU's 82, mostly thanks to Braden Smith.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

An 18-yard pass to Atwell has Louisville in the red zone for the first time tonight.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Micale Cunningham finds Braden Smith again for a 48-yard completion. Smith now has 111 yards on two receptions.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Tyrrell Pigrome finds wide receiver Jahcour Pearson deep down the field, but Russ Yeast forces a fumble and recovers it. A blindside block penalty backs Louisville up to the six yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville picks up a first down on their third drive of the game, but can't advance much farther. Team arguing that a 3rd & 10 throw to Dez Fitzpatrick was pass interference.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Tyrrell Pigrome gets WKU up to around midfield but the drive sputters. Rodjay Burns fields the punt at the 11-yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU burns their first timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Ean Pfeifer is the first player in Louisville history to have a touchdown on his first three career receptions.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville connects on a pair of long balls to find the endzone for the first time today. First a 63 yard reception from Braden Smith followed by a 28 yard touchdown to Ean Pfeifer.

7-7, 10:57.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Hassan Hall can't take the ensuing kickoff far and is brought down at the 8 yard line.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU RB Gaej Walker punches it in for the first score of the game.

7-0 WKU, 12:53 1Q.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

A bobbled punt has WKU on the edge of the goal line. 1st and 1 for the Hilltoppers.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville goes three-and-out in their first drive of the season.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

The first play of the 2020 season is run to the right for Javian Hawkins - that results in a holding call.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

WKU kicks off for a touchback.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Western Kentucky has won the toss and elected to defer.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Going through pregame intros, and it is beginning to rain.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Both James Turner & Brock Travelstead are taking pregame warmup kicks for the Cards. Louisville listed them as OR on the depth chart at placekicker.

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

A few early results from future opponents:

No. 18 North Carolina 31, Syracuse 6
No. 10 Notre Dame 27, Duke 13
Pittsburgh 55, Austin Peay 0

MatthewMcGavic
MatthewMcGavic

Editor

Louisville has released their depth chart for today's game. It has mostly minor changes, but features a couple new starters on defense: https://www.si.com/college/louisville/football/depth-chart-2020-game-1-vs-wku

Quierra Luck
Quierra Luck

Game day threads are dope! Glad football is back!


Football

FEATURED
COMMUNITY