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Louisville 24, Pittsburgh 10

By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Malik Cunningham threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to little-used tight end Josh Lifson, Kei'Trel Clark returned a sack fumble 59 yards for an insurance TD and Louisville beat Pittsburgh 24-10 for its second consecutive victory.

Cunningham picked up his second TD after a 33-yard catch-and-run on a pass from receiver Braden Smith to the Panthers' 11. Two plays later a wide-open Lifson scooped up a low pass for just his second catch at Louisville and first score to make it 14-10 with 9:45 remaining. James Turner's 48-yard field goal provided a seven-point cushion before Yassir Abdullah sacked Kedon Slovis and forced a fumble that Clark returned for the clinching score.

Cunningham also tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marshon Ford early in the second quarter and finished with 122 yards two weeks after missing a game with concussion-like symptoms. The fifth-year senior was shaken up late in the first half after another hard hit and missed the Cardinals' first series of the second half but came back to convert two big plays for Louisville (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The Panthers (4-3, 1-2) led 10-7 after Ben Sauls' 37-yard field goal late in the third quarter but committed four turnovers. Slovis was responsible for three, tossing two interceptions along with the fumble.

Israel Abanikanda rushed 28 times for 129 yards, including a 12-yard TD run, after rushing for a school-record 320 yards against Virginia Tech last time out.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pittsburgh: The Panthers outgained Louisville 326-312 but couldn't get out of their own way with turnovers. The defense bottled up Cunningham for much of the game but was caught off guard by the receiver pass to Cunningham. With it went a chance for a second consecutive win.

Louisville: The Cardinals' defense initially gave up space to Abanikanda but limited him and the Panthers' ground game and forced four turnovers. The offense couldn't seize those chances because of sluggish play but awoke in the fourth quarter and converted a trick play to set up the key score.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PittLou
Pitt TD 3:12 Israel Abanikanda 12 yard TD run (Ben Sauls Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter PittLou
Lou TD 14:55 Marshon Ford 25 yard TD pass from Malik Cunningham (James Turner Extra Point) 7 7
Third Quarter PittLou
Pitt FG 1:47 Ben Sauls 37 yard field goal 10 7
Fourth Quarter PittLou
Lou TD 9:45 Josh Lifson 9 yard TD pass from Malik Cunningham (James Turner Extra Point) 10 14
Lou FG 4:21 James Turner 48 yard field goal 10 17
Lou TD 3:03 Kei'Trel Clark 59 yard fumble return for TD (James Turner Extra Point) 10 24
Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Louisville
First downs 20 13
  Rushing 11 5
  Passing 6 6
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 37-168 30-122
Passing Yards 158 190
Return Yards 24 29
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-29-2 13-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-6 2-14
Punts 4 6
Fumbles Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-57 6-70
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Slovis 16 29 158 0 2
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Cunningham 10 20 122 2 0
B. Domann 2 7 35 0 1
B. Smith 1 1 33 0 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Abanikanda 28 129 4.6 1
R. Hammond Jr. 5 38 7.6 0
V. Davis 1 8 8.0 0
K. Slovis 2 -6 -3.0 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Cooley 11 75 6.8 0
M. Cunningham 9 46 5.1 0
J. Jordan 5 13 2.6 0
J. Mitchell 1 2 2.0 0
B. Domann 2 -10 -5.0 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Abanikanda 3 50 16.7 0
G. Bartholomew 2 24 12.0 0
J. Wayne 2 21 10.5 0
G. Thomson 1 19 19.0 0
V. Davis 2 16 8.0 0
K. Mumpfield 2 10 5.0 0
D. Carter 1 8 8.0 0
K. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
J. Barden 1 5 5.0 0
R. Hammond Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hudson 5 71 14.2 0
M. Cunningham 1 33 33.0 0
C. Bell 1 29 29.0 0
M. Ford 2 27 13.5 1
T. Cooley 2 14 7.0 0
J. Lifson 1 9 9.0 1
B. Smith 1 7 7.0 0
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Woods 1 27
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Griffin 1 29
Y. Abdullah 1 0
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Guess 4 150 37.5
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 6 257 42.8
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 3 -3 -1.0
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
Louisville Missed FG
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