GAMEDAY College Football

Louisville 20, Central Florida 14

By COREY LONG
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - Malik Cunningham used his arm and his legs to get Louisville's season on track.

The redshirt senior quarterback threw for 195 yards and rushed for 121 more, including a 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter, to lead Louisville to a 20-14 victory over UCF.

The Cardinals (1-1) outscored the Knights 13-0 in the second half. Tyron Evans rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Hudson had three catches for 67 yards.

UCF (1-1) scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, but struggled to get much going the rest of the way. The Knights had their best scoring chance with 2:52 remaining in the fourth quarter but quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was intercepted in the end zone by Jarvis Brownlee.

Plumlee was 16-for-34 passing for 131 yards and rushed for 83 yards, but he was sacked four times. Isaiah Bowser rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals recovered from a poor effort in a 31-7 loss to Syracuse last week. Cunningham wasn't perfect, but showed a lot of toughness and leadership in guiding the offense to 421 yards. Louisville wants to be a threat in the ACC and now has some momentum going into next week's home opener against Florida State.

UCF: The Knights need to address their inconsistencies on offense and that starts with Plumlee. The Ole Miss transfer is a threat with his legs, but once Louisville's defense adjusted and forced him to throw from the pocket he could not deliver. It's a disappointing result for a team that was hoping to run the table.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LouUCF
Lou TD 10:03 Tiyon Evans 7 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 7 0
UCF TD 6:33 Isaiah Bowser 2 yard TD run (Daniel Obarski Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter LouUCF
UCF TD 11:31 Isaiah Bowser 3 yard TD run (Daniel Obarski Extra Point) 7 14
Third Quarter LouUCF
Lou FG 6:07 James Turner 35 yard field goal 10 14
Lou TD 2:46 Malik Cunningham 43 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 17 14
Fourth Quarter LouUCF
Lou FG 9:45 James Turner 35 yard field goal 20 14
Team Stats
  Louisville UCF
First downs 22 20
  Rushing 7 9
  Passing 11 6
  Penalty 4 5
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 4-16, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-225 37-206
Passing Yards 201 131
Return Yards 32 51
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-29-0 16-34-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-5 4-14
Punts 4 8
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 12-98 11-112
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Cunningham 14 29 201 0 0
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plumlee 16 34 131 0 1
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Cunningham 17 121 7.1 1
T. Evans 19 75 3.9 1
J. Mitchell 3 26 8.7 0
J. Jordan 3 9 3.0 0
A. Huggins-Bruce 1 -2 -2.0 0
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Plumlee 17 83 4.9 0
I. Bowser 15 51 3.4 2
J. Richardson 4 45 11.3 0
R. O'Keefe 1 27 27.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hudson 3 67 22.3 0
A. Huggins-Bruce 2 42 21.0 0
M. Ford 3 38 12.7 0
D. Wiggins 1 23 23.0 0
B. Smith 3 21 7.0 0
D. Melton 1 8 8.0 0
T. Evans 1 2 2.0 0
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Baker 5 84 16.8 0
J. Richardson 2 25 12.5 0
R. O'Keefe 4 8 2.0 0
X. Townsend 3 7 2.3 0
K. Gamble 1 7 7.0 0
A. Holler 1 0 0.0
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Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Brownlee 1 0
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 4 193 48.3
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Osteen 8 308 38.5
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Smith 3 17 5.7
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McDonald 2 10 5.0
X. Townsend 1 17 17.0
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jordan 1 15 15.0
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. O'Keefe 1 7 7.0
J. Richardson 1 17 17.0
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length
J. Turner 41
UCF Missed FG
Player Length
D. Obarski 32




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