GAMEDAY College Football

Louisville 30, Eastern Kentucky 3

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Malik Cunningham ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Louisville, which cruised to a 30-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

In guiding the Cardinals (1-1) to their first victory of the season, the redshirt junior quarterback completed 15-of-23 passes for 277 yards. He got some early help from special teams. Marvin Dallas recovered a muffed punt return at the Colonels 25, leading to Cunningham's first score, a 5-yard touchdown run with 4:27 left in the first quarter.

Braden Smith made it 13-0 with a 49-yard punt return for a score with 10:15 left in the first half.

Cunningham would have had another touchdown, but freshman Ahmari Huggins-Bruce dropped the ball on the EKU 1 on what would have been a 95-yard touchdown pass with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter. The ball rolled into the endzone, and the Colonels recovered for a touchback.

"It's unfortunate," Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said of Huggins-Bruce, who finished with a Louisville true freshman record 150 receiving yards on four catches. "He did the hard part. The heavy lifting was outrunning the whole defense. Then the easy part, anybody in this room could just carry the ball across the line, but. he still had a great night."

Cunningham was replaced by Evan Conley on the next series as the Cardinals were well in command by that point.

The Colonels (1-1) mustered just 233 yards of offense and turned it over three times, with Louisville cornerback Kei'Trel Clark picking off two passes.

EKU coach Walt Wells said he told his team before the game they had a chance to compete, but they had to avoid mistakes.

"You can't turn the ball over, can't have negative plays," he said. "These games, you have to get to the fourth quarter to have a chance, then the pressure goes to them. We never got it to the fourth quarter."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastKyLou
Lou TD 4:27 Malik Cunningham 10 yd run (James Turner kick) 0 7
Second Quarter EastKyLou
Lou TD 10:15 Braden Smith 49 yd punt return (missed kick) 0 13
EastKy FG 5:48 Patrick Nations 39 yd FG 3 13
Lou TD 0:47 Malik Cunningham 3 yd run (James Turner kick) 3 20
Third Quarter EastKyLou
Lou TD 5:32 Justin Marshall 30 yd pass from Malik Cunningham (James Turner kick) 3 27
Fourth Quarter EastKyLou
Lou FG 14:56 James Turner 28 yd FG 3 30
Team Stats
  Eastern Kentucky Louisville
First downs 14 18
  Rushing 4 8
  Passing 7 10
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-12, 33% 4-14, 29%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 22-86 38-158
Passing Yards 149 283
Return Yards 44 92
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-34-2 16-26-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--6 1-0
Punts 7 6
Punts-Average 33.1 38.7
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties - Yards 2-15 6-41
Time of Possession 27:37 31:34
Eastern Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. McKinney 21 32 129 0 2
C. Sandberg 2 2 20 0 0
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Cunningham 15 23 277 1 0
E. Conley 1 3 6 0 0
Eastern Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. McKinney 8 44 5.5 0
B. Sloan 2 16 8.0 0
K. Magloire 6 12 2.0 0
D. Hewitt 3 6 2.0 0
C. Sandberg 1 5 5.0 0
J. Hightower 1 2 2.0 0
K. Arnold 1 1 1.0 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mitchell 18 90 5.0 0
M. Cunningham 11 29 2.6 2
H. Hall 5 20 4.0 0
T. Cooley 4 19 4.8 0
Eastern Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Wilcox Jr. 7 66 9.4 0
J. Smith 5 43 8.6 0
J. Mitchell 4 26 6.5 0
E. Bednarczyk 1 9 9.0 0
M. Edwards Jr. 2 8 4.0 0
R. Adkins 1 5 5.0 0
B. Johnson 1 0 0.0
0
D. Allen 1 -3 -3.0 0
D. Hewitt 1 -5 -5.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Huggins-Bruce 4 150 37.5 0
J. Johnson 2 41 20.5 0
J. Marshall 2 34 17.0 1
J. Mitchell 3 25 8.3 0
B. Smith 3 16 5.3 0
J. Watkins 1 11 11.0 0
M. Ford 1 6 6.0 0
Eastern Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Clark 2 2
Eastern Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Richards 7 232 33.1
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 6 232 38.7
Eastern Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Wilcox Jr. 2 8 4.0
J. Smith 1 0 0
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Smith 2 49 24.5
Eastern Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Ross 1 36 36.0
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Burkley 2 41 20.5
Eastern Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length




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