Gameday Open Thread/Live Blog: Cardinals @ Panthers | Game 3

MatthewMcGavic

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Louisville will hit the road for the first time during the 2020 season when they visit No. 21 Pittsburgh on Saturday for their second conference game of the season.

The No. 24 Cardinals dropped their ACC opener to No. 17 Miami 47-34 at Cardinal Stadium, but totaled 516 yards of total offense and ran a season high 85 plays. Louisville is averaging 6.4 yards per play after the first two games of the season, and the Cardinals are ranked 17th in that category.

The No. 21 Panthers are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2014 after wins vs. Austin Peay (55-0) and Syracuse (21-10). Pitt's vaunted defense held the Orange to just 171 total yards, and the Panthers boast a top 10 rushing defense, total defense, pass defense and scoring defense in FBS.

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Date/Time/Place: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. EST, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Surface: Field Turf

Capacity: 68,400

Records: Louisville 1-1, 0-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference, 8-5, 5-3 in 2019; Pitt 2-0, 1-0 in Conference-USA, 8-5, 4-4 in 2019

Betting Line: Pitt by 3.0

Series Notes: Pitt holds a 9-8 lead in the overall series, with an 6-5 lead in Pittsburgh. The Panthers won 45-34 in their last meeting, which was held in 2015 at Heinz Field. Pitt QB Nathan Peterman tossed four touchdowns in the second quarter, and UofL QB Lamar Jackson threw for 141 yards and a score and ran for another after replacing Kyle Bolin late in the first half.

TV: ACC Network; Wes Durham (PxP), Roddy Jones (analyst) & Kelsey Riggs (sidelines).

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

Preview: Louisville Cardinals vs. Pitt Panthers

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Injury Notes: Louisville reserve quarterback Jawon Pass is back in action after missing last week's game against Miami. RB Hassan Hall is day-to-day, WR Corey Reed is unavailable. 

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Game Day Uniform: Louisville will be wearing black helmets & pants accompanied by white jerseys.

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Weather Report: Partly cloudy skies. High 80F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 10%.

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Around the ACC:

  • Georgia Tech at Syracuse - Kickoff at 12:00 p.m. EST on ACC Network. Louisville travels to Georgia Tech (1-1, 1-1) on Sept. 26, Syracuse (0-2, 0-2) travels to Louisville on Nov. 20.
  • No. 7 Notre Dame at Wake Forest - Postponed. Louisville travels to Notre Dame (2-0, 1-0) on Oct. 17, Syracuse (0-2, 0-2) travels to Louisville on Nov. 20.
  • Duke at Virginia - Kickoff at 4:00 p.m on ACC Network. EST. Louisville does not play Duke (0-2, 0-2) in 2020, Louisville (0-0, 0-) travels to Virginia on Nov. 7.
  • Texas State at Boston College - Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. EST on ESPN3. Louisville travels to Boston College (1-0, 1-0) on Nov. 27.
  • Florida State at No. 12 Miami - Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Florida State (0-1, 0-1) travels to Louisville on Oct. 24, Miami (2-0, 1-0) defeated Louisville 47-34 on Sept. 19.
  • NC State at No. 20 Virginia Tech - Kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EST on ACC Network. Louisville does not play NC State (1-0, 1-0) in 2020, Virginia Tech (0-0, 0-0) travels to Louisville on Oct. 31.
  • Bye Weeks: No. 1 Clemson & No. 11 North Carolina - Louisville does not play Clemson (2-0, 1-0) or North Carolina (1-0, 1-0) in 2020

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Final: Pitt 23, Louisville 20

Full Stats:

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They're bringing the cart out for Louisville QB Malik Cunningham.

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Cunningham has barely moved since being shaken up

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Pitt will take over at the 39-yard line with 1:19 left.

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Pitt applies pressure on Cunningham to force the INT, his third of the game. Cunningham shaken up yet again.

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Pitt calls TO to counter Louisville's pre-snap play call.

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Malik has to scramble and pick up a few yards, but it's just short of the marker. Facing 4th and 4

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Malik with a good 11-yard rush to move the chains.

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Burns calls for the fair catch at the 17-yard line. Cards have 2:27 to tie it up or take the lead.

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Pitt dials up the long ball but cant connect, forced to punt.

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Play clock is currently at 2:43, Pitt facing 3rd & 14.

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Vincent Davis blown up again for a loss of 2, UofL calls timeout.

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Abdullah comes up big again for the TFL, but not before Pitt gets their 20th first down

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UofL drive starts with a false start, ends with a three-and out. Malik Cunningham also shaken up.

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Pitt's DJ Turner drops the ball on 4th and 4, Cards take over on downs.

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Etheridge with another sack on Pickett. He's had a great game.

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Now Cunningham gives it right back to Pitt with an interception of his own.

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Hassan Hall sighting, picks up an eight-yard gain.

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Louisville's defense finally gets the interception they've been looking for, as CJ Avery snags it and takes it to around midfield.

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End 3Q: Pitt 23, Louisville 20.

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Turner connects on the FG attempt

23-20 Pitt, 1:58 3Q.

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Atwell is running off the field after barreling into the stands.

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Atwell nearly had a touchdown but hurdles into the stands and is hurt.

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Louisville goes for it on fourth, tries the long ball and misses but fortunately draw a PI call.

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Louisville runs a fake punt with Tabarius Peterson and converts the fourth down.

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Tutu was wide open, but Cunningham was a tad short on the throw.

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Targeting calls thrown against Rodjay Burns & Isaiah Hayes, but neither are ejected. They force Pitt to punt.

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Pitt with their 11th TFL and 7th sack of the game. Cards now have to punt.

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Pitt now has 10 TFLs in this game.

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Pitt unable to get a first down after the sack, forced to settle for the field goal.

23-17 Pitt, 11:26 3Q.

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Pickett is taken down by Abdullah, fumbles, but is recovered by Pitt.

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Pitt now has seven third down conversions anf 14 first downs.

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Second play of the half and Malik Cunningham throws and interception.

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Stats at the Half:

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Pickett's pass on 3rd down is broken up by Goldwire, Pitt to punt with 58 seconds left.

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Pitt's Moraga almost had a highlight catch but is leveled to force the drop. Monty Montgomery is shaken up after the play.

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Cunningham is sacked on third down and Louisville is forced to punt from their own 22. Rolls all the way to the 23.

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Two back-to-back incompletions that almost broke big

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Looking back on the replay, Taysir Mack was never down. That's a touchdown.

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Louisville defense plays the option well on third down, but Pitt goes for it on fourth down and winds up in the endzone.

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Cunningham finds Atwell for a 21-yard TD to take their first lead of the game.

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Call stands, Louisville ball.

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Pickett is hit on the throw by Yasir Abdullah and fumbles, recovered by Jared Goldwire. Under review.

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Cunningham is sacked on back-to-back plays, forcing Louisville to settle for the 38-yard FG.

13-10 Pitt, 7:39 2Q.

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Tutu Atwell with his first positive gain of the day to pick up the first down, then Braden Smith turns on the afterburners on a WR screen.

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Marshon Ford with a great catch and run to put Louisville in plus territory.

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Cunningham looking for Dez Fitzpatrick but can't connect, however a pass interference call moves the chains.

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RB Vincent Davis blown up on two straight plays, then 3rd down sees them come up short. Pitt to punt.

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Dorian Etheridge already has 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack through roughly 17 minutes.

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Stats through 1Q:


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