Louisville gets five second-half turnovers, John Wallace field goal to win 20-19 at Wake Forest

The University of Louisville defense had five second-half turnovers and John Wallace booted a 39-yard field goal late in the third quarter for a 20-19 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night. The Cardinals are now 4-4 on the season and 3-2 in ACC play.

It sure wasn't pretty - again.

But it's another win and a 4-4 record for the young University of Louisville football team as the defense forced five second-half turnovers and John Wallace's record-setting field goal in the third quarter was the difference in a 20-19 victory against Wake Forest in Winston Salem, N.C.

The Cardinals overcame a rash of injuries and miscues and still won the game to go 4-4 on the season and 3-2 in ACC play.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino is now 8-0 on Friday night games and the Cardinals outgained the Demon Deacons 317-268.

Here's a few quick-hits from the victory:

MVP - Trevon Young

It was the third straight big-time game for junior defensive end Trevon Young, who had two sacks and ended the game with a forced fumble by Wake Forest freshman quarterback Kendall Hinton.

Young, who has seven sacks in the past three games, was a disruptive force all night for the Cardinals.

He finished with four tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry.

"He just keeps getting better and better," Petrino said. "He had another big game for us."

Play of the Game

Well, you could pick all five of the turnovers.

Young forced fumble ended the game but it as Chucky Williams who came up with what we felt like was the biggest play of the game with his intercpetion in the third quarter.

Louisville's offense was sputtering and Jackson picked off a pass that was tipped. His third pick of the season led to the only points of the second half three plays later when John Wallace booted a 39-yard field goal.

Stat of the Game

Well, it's a career stat and a good one.

Senior John Wallace did have two field goals - converting from 37 and 39 yards - and is now tied with former Cardinal Art Carmody as the all-time field-goal leader in school history with 60.

Wallace, who has started 46 career games, is the school's all-time leader with 77 attempts and is second - behind Carmody on the school's all-time points list with 344. Carmody had 433 during his career.

Another key stat is Petrino now 8-0 at U of L on Friday night, while the Cardinals are 45-28-1 all-time.

Three QBs key to the victory

Louisville used three quarterbacks - because of some injury issues - and all three completed passes.

Lanar Jackson, who Petrino said "didn't look like 100 percent" at the end of the game, completed 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Reggie Bonnafon, who was unavailable at the end of the game after taking a big hit, was 1-for-2 for four yards, had a 26-yard catch and five carries for nine yards.

Kyle Bolin, who finished the game for the Cardinals, completed 3 of 4 passes for 28 yard and was sacked one time for 12 yards.

Louisville also played much of the second half without Sheldon Rankins on defense because of a leg injury.

Breakout performance

Easy one - Jamari Staples.

That's two big weeks in a row for Staples, who had a career-high at U of L 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Staples caught TD passes of 14 and 22 yards in the first half.

Staples now has 20 catches for 307 yards and 2 TDs on the second.

What we learned

We learned - as Petrino said - "this is still a work in progress." The offense still isn't where it needs to be but the defense is playing at a high level for the Cardinals right now.

Wake Forest had 168 of its 268 total yards come on three pass plays.

If the defense continues to play like it has been and the offense makes some strides the Cardinals could be able to continue what they have now - a two-game winning streak.

Up next is Syracuse next Saturdat at 12:30 p.m. at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


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