By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Senior defensive end Devonte Fields had his best game of the season; three sacks and four tackles for a loss in win over Wake Forest

University of Louisville defensive end Devonte Fields had his best game of the season on Saturday night, dominating on the defensive side of the ball in a 44-12 win over Wake Forest. Fields had four tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Devonte Fields is healthy and it sure showed.

Two weeks after sitting out in a win over Virginia because of a shoulder injury, Fields dominated Wake Forest on Saturday night and turned in his best game of the season for the University of Louisville.

Fields led the team with nine tackles, four tackles for a loss and three sacks in a 44-12 win over the Demon Deacons.

"Just like last year, towards the end of the season he kind of started breaking through," U of L linebacker Keith Kelsey said. "He's capable of being that type of impact player and, as you can see from tonight, he's back on a roll, he's back healthy."

Kelsey had a warning for opponents: "You better watch out."

Fields, who had 8.5 sacks in the final four games last season, led U of L as a junior with 11 sacks but coming into this game had just 30 tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks on the season.

U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said last week that Fields was "playing very well," despite his lower numbers.

"I finally got to where I could make some plays," Fields said. "It felt good, I'm not going to lie.

"I just kept my head in it and just kept going hard. I kept working hard and just stuck to what I was supposed to do."

Fields is supposed to wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks and he did that - along with his teammates - for John Wolford. The Cardinals had seven sacks for a minus-51 yards in the game.

U of L held Wake Forest to just 214 yards of total offense, including minus-2 in the fourth quarter.

"We started off a little slow but we finished strong," Fields said. "We got pressure on the quarterback and did our assignments.

"Our motto is hold the rope. We knew our offense would score. We held the rope."


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