Louisville football continued to use two quarterbacks in the first half against Virginia, but first-year Cardinal head coach Scott Satterfield turned exclusively to Micale Cunningham in the second half in Louisville’s 28-21 victory at Cardinal Stadium Oct. 26.
Cunningham led three touchdown drives as Louisville rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to win its fifth game of the season. Cunningham completed 6 of 10 throws for 126 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 97 yards and a score.
Satterfield wanted to stick with Cunningham as the offense moved the ball better in the second half.
“Malik played well,” Satterfield said. “We come back out in the second half and Malik is playing well, we just leave him in there.”
Evan Conley, who directed three drives against Virginia, finished 2 of 4 for seven yards. Conley’s three possessions came in the second quarter as Cunningham started for the sixth straight game.
With the offense inside its own 30-yard-line on all three of Conley’s drive, Satterfield said the play calling wasn’t as aggressive, which was a disadvantage for the freshman quarterback.
“It was probably a little unfair for Evan because we were backed up the whole second quarter,” Satterfield said.
Satterfield hasn’t seen enough separation between the two quarterbacks. Conley was named ACC Quarterback of the Week against Wake Forest Oct. 12 while Cunningham might have had his best performance of the season a week earlier against Boston College.
“We are going to play the guy that we think is going to give us the best chance to win football games,” Satterfield said. “We are trying to play both of them because we think both of them can help us win.”
Satterfield considers both quarterbacks to be playing solid football, so he expects Cunningham and Conley to continue to split time directing the offense.