What a wild end to Friday night football in Louisville.
A game after Louisville junior quarterback Malik Cunningham threw a 25-second interception left in a draw against UCF, Cardinals first-year linebacker Jaylin Alderman recorded a 66-yard interception touchdown return to give Louisville a hectic 42-35 victory at Cardinal Stadium.
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The two picks were the only turnovers in the game. They helped the Cardinals players make money: Louisville (2-1) came into the game as a big underdog at home.
Fans were quick to point out that the crazy finish came with Gus Malzahn as UCF’s coach. Malzahn’s team, which dates back to his days in Auburn, has been known to suffer heavy losses.
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Friday’s game included a big offensive effort: Louisville surpassed UCF 501-420.
Cunningham recorded 265 passing yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals along with 13 rushes on 99 yards and two goals. UCF had 212 rushing yards, led by sophomore who ran back Johnny Richardson with nine carries to 101 yards. UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel completed 22 of 29 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns for a touchdown. He was injured in the last game of the game. His status going forward is uncertain.
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