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Louisville downs Miami, now owns ACC record for all-time winning percentage

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Tomorrow morning, Miami will wake up in south Florida and begin preparation for an opponent other than Louisville. That’s a wonderful thing for Al Golden and his football program. In closing the 2013 season and opening this season with losses to these Cardinals (36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 31-13 tonight), Miami watched its offense score two total touchdowns in 23 possessions. That may sound bad – okay, it is bad – but the ‘Canes have been better at scoring touchdowns than converting third downs. They went a combined 1-for-23 there.

True freshman Brad Kaaya earned the start, playing about as well as you could reasonably expect an 18-year-old making his first start in a conference road game could play, hitting 17-of-29 throws for 174 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Duke Johnson contributed a workmanlike 20 carries for 90 yards.

Missed opportunities will be the story for Miami after the Hurricanes twice inherited the ball inside Louisville’s 10 yard line and came away with a total of three points. But perhaps the biggest blown chance of the night came early in the fourth quarter, when Kaaya hit Johnson on a wheel route that would have given Miami a first-and-goal at the 5 and a chance to pull within one score, but offensive lineman Danny Isidora was hit with an ineligible receiver downfield penalty, negating the entire play. Two plays later Kaaya was sacked for a loss of 11 yards, and two plays after that Miami turned the ball over on downs.

Louisville then took over at its own 33, leisurely marched 67 yards in 14 plays, ate up an oh-so-valuable 7:47 off the clock, and pushed the score to 31-13.

Ball, meet game.

In the re-debut of Bobby Petrino at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, it was the Cardinal running game that powered his highly-respected offense. Dominique Brown rushed 33 times for 143 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Will Gardner added 206 passing yards and two touchdowns (plus two lost fumbles) in his first start. The win moves Petrino to 42-9 at Louisville, and an impressive 23-1 at home.

Most importantly, the win moves Louisville to 1-0 all-time in ACC play, thereby placing the Cardinals atop the conference record books for all-time winning percentage.

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17 Responses to “Louisville downs Miami, now owns ACC record for all-time winning percentage”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Sep 1, 2014 11:48 PM

    Big East 2.0! Big East 2.0!

  2. realfootballfan says: Sep 2, 2014 12:11 AM

    Predictable. Miami fans, get rid of Golden. I like FSU beating you every year, but it’s more fun when all of the Florida big 3 are good. At this rate, the FIU games will be a struggle.

  3. whocares832 says: Sep 2, 2014 12:35 AM

    One of the dumbest headlines of all-time.

  4. planecrashguy says: Sep 2, 2014 2:08 AM

    Coach Golden is top notch. He needs a chance to recruit without NCAA sanctions scaring off recruits at Miami.

  5. laxer37 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:18 AM

    Louisville looks great, but it’s hard to root for a team coached by Bobby Petrino. Not sure if there is another person with worse character in all of sports.

  6. raiderufan says: Sep 2, 2014 7:42 AM

    Coley is hand down one of the worst OC’s in the history of college football.

    No imagination…no rythm….nothing about his offense is even functional….

    Coley is brought in by Golden so in turn Golden must take some blame but Coley should be fired ASAP. It’s no coincidence that he leaves and the elite talent FSU has actually play elite and win a title. Having him in charge of the development of a true freshman starting QB means only one thing, we’ll have a new starter next year once Kayaa is ruined by this scheme and the coaching.

    2010: FSU is 33rd in scoring offense
    2011: FSU is 39th in scoring offense
    2012: Jimbo steps in as Co-oc and they’re tenth
    2013: No Coley, Fisher full time #2 in the nation, National title…with a RS Frosh.

    2013: With a senior starting QB and an elite group of WR and RB talent we were…wait for it…33rd! in the nation in scoring offense.

    He takes elite talent and makes it horribly average.

  7. kosarkid says: Sep 2, 2014 7:51 AM

    That was some horrible play calling last night. I get trying to get easy completions to build some confidence in the freshman. But WR screens will seldom win a game.

  8. bonerchamp says: Sep 2, 2014 8:43 AM

    Golden needs to go. He did a great job seeing us through the sanctions, recruiting and rebuilding the program but it’s pretty clear that he’s not a good head coach.

    If you think that’s an overreaction go look at the losses over the last 3 years. Anytime we play a good team (Louisville, Va Tech, Duke, FSU, ND, K State), we get crushed. Not acceptable.

  9. theanalyticalkid says: Sep 2, 2014 9:39 AM

    Golden needs to go simply because he won’t fire D’Onofrio, his friendship with D’Onofrio means more than properly doing his job does.

    He talked a big game about the non-performers not playing or being cut, but I’m not sure that between players and coaches there’s been a bigger non-performer than D’Onofrio.

    Look, great, bring your best buddy with you in a coaching move, but if he can’t cut it, and Oh-No-frio clearly can’t, then you have to have integrity and do your job. Golden’s refusing to do that. I’m surprised that he still has the respect of the players which I suspect might be an issue this season.

    In practices the last few years, don’t know about this one since I haven’t paid attention to preseason for the first time during his tenure, he used colored jerseys, four different colors I think, to designate who was performing and who wasn’t.

    He absolutely refuses to apply the same standards to his own coaching staff placing friendships above doing his job, but more than that, doing what he himself said he would do when he was hired. So he’s become a liar and a hypocrite.

    No one needs a liar a/o a hypocrite for a coach.

    The offense can expect to be suspect until Kaaya figures his way around, and that was a tough opponent for a first ever game for a true freshman. So nothing up on the O, but that D. It can clearly be run much much better!

    It’s unfortunate, because I think that Golden has some potential if he would get a good DC. But it sounds like he’s already made the decision to let Oh-No-frio’s complete incompetence at the DC position determine his future career options.

    So be it!

  10. raiderufan says: Sep 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    I have to point out that while D’Onfrio is hardly elite…the D fought hard until they finally broke.

    They got the team possession in Louisville territory 3 times. 1 td, 1 fg, 1 fumble. We got the ball on the 8 and ran 4 plays for a grand total of 1 yard….the D got breaks of less than 2 minutes on 10 of 13 drives….6 of 13 were 3 and out…

    On the flip side, Louisville had drives of over 3 minutes on 5 of 13 drives and another at 2 1/2 minutes with a long TD…3 of 13 were 3 and out and all in the first half….

    It was a 21-13 game going into the 4th and the D broke….hard to blame them, they were on the field the entire game.

  11. quizguy66 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    Another fun fact: Rutgers was once the all-time winningest team in college football.

  12. coldwater32301 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:47 AM

    Simply the worst coached game in the history of watching a Miami Hurricanes game… The coaches of the Miami Hurricanes owe an apology to the past greats and their current players… just disgraceful coaching… I felt like they were coaching to not get too embarrassed when in actuality they have every opportunity to win this game and to win big… The drive before the halftime told me about the coaching staff and the confidence they have in their team… with plenty of time and the amount of talent we have on this roster and we ran the ball with them having 9 in the box daring you to throw… we we out coached…Period…Indeed…

  13. crazycane says: Sep 2, 2014 12:34 PM

    Bye bye Golden!

  14. wethog66 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:18 PM

    “True freshman Brad Kaaya earned the start, playing about as well as you could reasonably expect an 18-year-old making his first start in a conference road game could play”

    This is a perfect example of why it was completely stupid for the sports media, primarily ESPN, to hype Johnny Football and “Crablegs” Winston as “freshman” to win the Heisman. They were redshirt freshman which, when translated, means they were sophomores playing in their SECOND year in their respective college programs. Huge difference from a TRUE freshman winning the Heisman.

    When/if a TRUE freshman wins the Heisman I hope it is celebrated as a truly significant milestone.

    Rant over.

  15. rodge1 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:44 PM

    Coley and D’Onofrio need to go.

  16. macdega says: Sep 2, 2014 5:28 PM

    Maybe they need to dress in camo……otherwise they don’t scare anyone.

  17. scbaby2013 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:46 PM

    Awesome win

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