Recap: Louisville 38, Boston College 19

The University of Louisville rallied from down 13-3 to score a 38-19 victory over Boston College on Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Cardinals finish ACC play at 5-3 and are now 7-3 with two game left in the regular season.

The University of Louisville scored an impressive 38-19 victory over Boston College on Saturday night, rallying from 13-3 in the ACC contest.

Gerod Holliman had three interceptions, while Reggie Bonnafon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in place of Will Gardner, who was injured late in the first half.

Bonnafon, a true freshman from Trinity High School, finished as the Cardinals' leading rusher with 76 yards and was 4 of 5 passing for 69 yards.

DeVante Parker had eight catches for 144 yards and one TD. Eli Rogers also had three catches for 46 yards and one TD, while Gardner was 13 of 19 for 188 yards on the night.

U of L finished with 423 yards and held Boston College to 322. The Eagles had four turnovers - all interceptions - while U of L had just one.

The Cardinals won the game despite three times to the 1-yard-line in the first quarter with the team only coming away with three points.

PLAY OF THE GAME: There are plenty to pick from but the Cardinals special teams finally got a big one and helped get the momentum back late in the first half.

The Cardinals forced a punt late in the first half and Stacy Thomas came up the middle and blocked the punt. U of L took over and two plays later Bonnafon hit Parker for a TD.

Thomas was huge on special teams all night with tackles and nearly a blocked punt earlier in the second quarter. This one was big for the momentum swing, giving the Cardinals a 17-13 lead going into the second half.

GAME BALL: Well, you have to give one to Holliman but I would also say DeAngelo Brown an Sheldon Rankins were perhaps the biggest keys to the game.

Brown and Rankins dominated the line of scrimmage after the first quarter. Brown was blowing up the run game and Rankins was just solid all night long.

Rankins picked up his second interception of the season and the two linemen were all over the field. The line played well even without Lorenzo Mauldin and Pio Vatuvei.

Holliman now has 13 interceptions on the season and is the new single-season leader for U of L. He's just one shy of the NCAA single-season record.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Holliman caught more passes from the two Boston College quarterbacks than any of the Eagles' wide receivers. Boston College had two players with two receptions to lead the Eagles.

THEY SAID IT: Bobby Petrino: "(The early red zone struggles) were on us. But I thought out offensive coaches did a nice job of staying positive on the sidelines and we just had to make a few adjustments and execute.

THEY SAID IT: Brandon Radcliff: "Coach Petrino got in our ears after we made a couple of mistakes. We just had to capitalize and the second half we came out and started rolling. It just took us a little time."

UP NEXT: The Cards will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the first time and will lay Notre Dame on Nov. 22. The Fighting Irish lost 55-31 to Arizona State on Saturday.


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