The University of Louisville defense put on quite a show in the Cardinals 20-10 win over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon. The Demon Deacons managed only 100 total yards of offense. The defense racked up a total of 8 sacks for a loss of 57 yards, resulting in a negative (-22) night for the vistors rushing attack.
Senior defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin led the blitzkrieg of pass rushers, finishing with 5 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 QB hurrie.
“Our thought process going into the game, stop the run,” Mauldin said after the game, and that is exactly what the Cardinals did. The defense was able to control the line of scrimmage holding the Demon Deacons to a net of -22 yards rushing.
The defense played nearly a perfect game holding the offense to only three points, and never shied away from blitzing the quarterback. Mauldin claims that playing for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who loves to blitz from everywhere, is good for the defense.
“We’re going to get to the quarterback, we’re going to get to the running back, it doesn’t matter” said Mauldin. “We’re playing aggressive.”
One of the reasons the front seven are able to bring such relentless pressure is because of the play of the defensive backs, in particular Gerod Holliman. The nations leader in interceptions added to his season total with his one against Wake Forest.
“We know as a front seven that if we rush the quarterback somebody in the backfield is going to make a play,” Mauldin explained. “It works hand in hand, Gerod gets his self together back there and locks down those receivers, then we will get to the quarterback.”
Coming into the season fans were unsure of just how good this defense could be, especially after losing several players to either to the NFL or graduation. However, after five game the defense has been the strength of the team, and Mauldin likes the way the new players have filled their roles.
“This is as good of a defense as it was last year,” said Mauldin. “You know they say that we’re missing a lot of guys, but a lot of guys stepped up and I’m proud of our defense.”