Highlights, Photos & Notes: Pitt 23, Louisville 20

MatthewMcGavic

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Louisville dropped their first road game of the season, falling 23-20 to the No. 21 Pitt Panthers at Heinz Field.

The No. 24 Cardinals drop to 1-2 on the season, and winless in conference play.

The Atlantic Coast Conference put together a highlight tape of the Top 25 matchup, which you can see here:

Team Notes

  • Louisville drops to 8-10 in 18 all-time meetings against Pittsburgh and has lost six of the last seven meetings.
    • The Cardinals are 0-2 against the Panthers as members of the ACC.

  • The back-to-back losses to Miami and Pitt mark the first time the Cardinals have lost consecutive games under Scott Satterfield.

  • Louisville finished with just 223 yards of total offense, its lowest total since gaining 217 against Boston College Oct. 13, 2018.

  • The Cardinals were 1-for-11 on third down Saturday, their worst since also going 1-for-11 versus Florida State Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Louisville’s defense tallied 11 TFLs in the loss, its second double-digit TFL total of the season after getting 10 against Western Kentucky.

  • UofL forced two turnovers against Pitt (one fumble, one interception).

  • The Cardinals had forced just one turnover through the first two games

Player Notes

  • RB Javian Hawkins rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
    • His 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was a career long and the longest Louisville touchdown run since Malik Cunningham scored from 75 yards out against Kentucky on Nov. 24, 2018.
    • Hawkins has now rushed for a touchdown in five consecutive games dating back to the 2019 season.
  • WR Tutu Atwell caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.
    • Atwell has three touchdowns on the season and 15 in his last 15 games.
    • Atwell is now tied for eighth all-time at Louisville with 17 receiving touchdowns, tying Gary Barnidge.
  • WR Justin Marshall made his first career start on Saturday.
  • LB Yasir Abdullah filled up the stat sheet with five tackles, three for loss, one sack and a pair of forced fumbles.
    • The three TFLs are a career-high, while it was just the second sack and the first forced fumbles of his career.
  • LB Dorian Etheridge totaled seven tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.
    • The 3.5 TFLs match his career-best mark set in the season opener against Western Kentucky, while his two sacks are a career-high.
  • DB Marlon Character was tied for the team lead with seven tackles in the loss, tied for the second-highest total of his career (10 vs. Syracuse, 2019).
  • DL Tabarius Peterson converted a fake punt with a 31-yard rush.
    • Peterson also rushed for a first down on a fake punt against Florida State on Sept. 21, 2019.
  • K James Turner connected on field goals from 34 and 38 yards.
    • Turner is now 4-for-4 on field goals and 11-of-11 extra points on the season.

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NOTE: Video and photos courtesy of the Atlantic Coast Conference & Charles LeClaire of USA TODAY Sports

(Photo of Marlon Character: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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