What a wild ending to Friday night football in Louisville.
One play after Louisville junior quarterback Malik Cunningham threw an interception with 25 seconds remaining in a tie game vs. UCF, Cardinals freshman linebacker Jaylin Alderman recorded a 66-yard interception return touchdown to give Louisville a frenetic 42-35 victory at Cardinal Stadium.
The two picks were the only turnovers in the game. They helped Cardinals bettors cash in: Louisville (2-1) entered the game as a big home underdog.
Fans were quick to note that the crazy finish occurred with Gus Malzahn as UCF’s coach. Malzahn’s teams, dating to his days at Auburn, have been known to suffer wild losses.
UCF getting the full Gus Malzahn experience in just three weeks
neurotic win, expected victory, baffling loss
— (I do MY job objectively) guy (@paintsharpless) September 18, 2021
It wasn’t just Malzahn madness that UCF supporters were upset about. Several questioned his decision to throw when the Knights (2-1) had all three of their timeouts and the ball was at the Louisville 41.
42 seconds, 3 time outs. Clock stops at first down.
I mean, his play calling was bizarre all game but that one was totally insane
— Dubbs09 (@Dubbs_09) September 18, 2021
Awful decision throwing that to the middle of the field with three timeouts, 30 seconds on the clock, and practically in field goal range.
Bad play calling too, tbh. https://t.co/dJ2pMEElw6
— Roe “Medusa” Caulfield (@CallMeCaulfield) September 18, 2021
Other notable statistics
Friday’s game included a hefty offensive effort: Louisville outgained UCF 501-420.
Cunningham recorded 265 passing yards and one touchdown for the Cardinals along with 13 rushes for 99 yards and two scores. UCF had 212 rushing yards, led by sophomore running back Johnny Richardson with nine carries for 101 yards. UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel completed 22 of 29 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. He was injured on the final play of the game. His status going forward is uncertain.
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