Wallace field goal a winner for Cardinals

University of Louisville redshirt freshman kicker John Wallace ended a wild game on Friday night with a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Cardinals to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati. Cardinal Authority talked with Wallace and others about the final few minutes of the contest.

Redshirt freshman had never been in a game-winning situation since he arrived at the University of Louisville.

Wallace said his last game-winning field goal came a few years ago at Central Hardin High School. But he had the opportunity on Friday night.

And Wallace connected.

He booted a 30-yard field goal in overtime to give Louisville a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati, but it sure didn't come without a very tense few moments.

"Whew," U of L coach Charlie Strong said.

Terell Floyd picked off a Cincinnati pass during the Bearcats' offensive possession in overtime. Louisville then picked up a first down and made it all the way to Cincinnati 13-yard-line before attempting a field goal.

Wallace lined up for the attempt and just before Grant Donovan snapped the ball, Cincinnati called time out. And it was a good thing because the ball zipped over the head of long snapper Will Stein.

"When you see that play when the ball was snapped over Will Stein's head, I thought, ‘Oh God'," U of L coach Charlie Strong said. "They had blown the whistle. (Donovan) said he heard a whistle, so he just shot the ball backwards."

Added Wallace: "The long snapper heard the whistle and he was trying to catch the ball before he snapped it back and he lifted his butt up and it just shot up.

Stein said "my heart was pounding," when the ball was snapped over his head but "luckily, we got a second chance. I don't know if he heard that whistle really, I think his heart was pounding. I'm glad they called that time out."

Wallace made the most of the second chance. Donovan put the ball on the money to Stein, who put it down and Wallace booted it through the uprights.

"The offense put me in a really good position," Wallace said. "It was an easy kick to make. I was calm and cool, I didn't feel any pressure I just had full confidence.

The team celebrated and Wallace was lifted onto the shoulders of some of his teammates as the Cardinals collected the Keg of Nails.

"It felt like a dream," Wallace said . "I didn't know what was going on."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Wallace is now 7 of 8 on field goals this season, with the lone miss a 57-yarder on the final play of the first half against Cincinnati. He's 23 of 25 on extra points and is third on the team with 44 points.

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