Miami's offense got off to a slow start and its defense gave up a long touchdown drive to Louisville in the first quarter tonight. Charles Sandberry capped Louisville's first touchdown drive with a two-yard touchdown reception from Will Gardner, who finished the game with 206 yards and two scores.
After a Louisville turnover, Miami's offense capitalized on a short field by tying the score on a Brad Kaaya to Clive Walford two-yard touchdown pass. Kaaya finished his first career start with 174 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
After a Matt Goudis 24-yard field goal gave Miami its only lead of the night, Corvin Lamb returned the following kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. That gave Louisville a 14-10 lead that it took into halftime.
Miami's defense forced another turnover deep in Louisville territory early in the third quarter but they were unable to get the ball into the endzone. Goudis connected on another 24-yard field goal to make it 14-13.
Dominique Brown scored from 15 yards out a few minutes later to give the Cardinals a 21-13 lead. Brown finished the game with 143 yards on 33 carries.
A John Wallace field goal and a Gerard Christian touchdown gave Louisville 10 more points in the fourth quarter to win the game by the score of 31-21.
Miami has now dropped two straight to Louisville and has now lost five of their last seven games dating back to last November.
The Hurricanes will take on Florida A&M this coming Saturday in their home opener.