Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright has to run through a lake of water of water all night long, but they proved to be a force, as they led Louisville to a 21-17 victory over Southern Mississippi. Perry contributed 118 yards and 2 touchdowns as Wright had 84 yards on the ground.
The field at M.M. Roberts Stadium couldn’t take the amount of rain that was being dropped on it, and puddles formed on the field slowly. Before anyone noticed, the whole field was underwater and players were almost half-a-foot deep in water. The sidelines were completely underwater also. Southern Miss officials tried to help with the drainage by poking holes in the astroturf but it was to no avail and it was way to late.
Bridgewater was 5-5 with a 29 yard touchdown pass on the first drive. After that, he only threw the ball 8 more times the entire game. He did throw and interception but it was not his fault. The ball went right through Devante Parker’s hands and went into the Southern Mississippi’s defensive back’s hands as he ran it in for a pick six.
In rare form this year, Louisville trailed basically the entire game. In the first half we couldnt wrap up and Southern Miss’s running backs were just bouncing off of our defenders. Southern Miss put up 244 rushing yards on Louisville over the course of the game. To put it in perspective for you, Ryan Lloyd, Southern Miss’s quarterback, didnt complete a pass the entire first half, and only 2 the entire game. This tested our run defense and it showed to be a problem in the first half. But they came out in the second half and dominated, holding them to no points.
After being down 17-6 at the end of the first half, we answered with a field goal in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 17-15. Then the panic started to break in about the fourth quarter until Senorise Perry plowed his way into the end zone with 5:35 to go, to give us the 21-17 lead.
Southern Miss still had a chance though and they drove the ball down the field and had a chance to score with about a minute left on the clock. It was fourth down and they had to convert to keep the hopes of winning alive. They ran a trick play where they handed the ball off, then the quarterback slid off to the left, then the ball carrier threw it back to the quarterback. George Durant was not fooled by it though and stayed home to cover the quarterback. This sealed the Cards victory and prevented a massive upset.
At the end of the day, Louisville is 5-0 going into conference play and rising in the polls. Good time to be a Louisville fan!
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