Louisville Overcomes Sluggish Offense, Mounts Gritty Comeback At NC State To Stay Undefeated

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The Louisville football team maintained its perfect record on Friday at Carter-Finley Stadium by defeating NC State, 13-10, in their first true road game of the year. First-year head coach Jeff Brohm credited his team’s defense and special teams for the victory.

For the first time since winning their first six games in 2013, the Cardinals (5-0, 3-0 ACC) have won their first five games of a season with the victory. With the victory over the Wolfpack (3-2, 1-1 ACC), Louisville won its first three conference games for the first time since 2012, when it won its first four games while a member of the BIG EAST.

After scoring 56 points and amassing 585 yards against Boston College the previous weekend, Louisville’s offense struggled for the majority of the game. The Cardinals’ meager 306 yards total on the night was the main factor in their 10-0 halftime deficit.

In contrast, their defense kept NC State in check almost the entire game, allowing the Wolfpack to accumulate just 201 yards and score zero points in the second half.

That was just enough of an offensive momentum flip for the Cardinals thanks to the defense pitching a shutout in the second half. With little over five minutes left, Brock Travelstead kicked a 53-yard field goal, setting a new school record, to help them score 13 unanswered points and edge ahead of NC State.

The defense was able to stop the Wolfpack by holding on to a one-score lead. Following Travelstead’s game-winning touchdown, NC State went three-and-out. Then, following a Louisville drive that was time-killing but still ended in a punt, NC State quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw a game-winning interception to cornerback Quincy Riley.

Armstrong only managed 112 yards on a 13-for-24 completion rate against Louisville’s defense, which also produced two interceptions. In addition, he accounted for 61 of NC State’s 89 rushing yards and was twice sacked by defensive ends Ashton Gillotte and Ramon Puryear.