Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia, SMU meet at Fenway Bowl amid coaching transitions

Two coaching eras end when Virginia and SMU meet in the inaugural Fenway Bowl on Wednesday at Boston.

It is the final game for Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall, who made the surprising announcement on Dec. 2 that he was stepping down after six seasons. His successor, former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, will take charge after the bowl game.

Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is the Mustangs’ acting head coach for the game at Fenway Park, home of baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Head coach Sonny Dykes departed for TCU at the end of November and his replacement, former Miami and SMU offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, takes the Mustangs’ reins in 2022.

Virginia (6-6) and SMU (8-4) both stumbled toward the end of the regular season. The Cavaliers are on a four-game losing streak and the Mustangs have dropped four of their last five.

Virginia fell 29-24 to rival Virginia Tech in its last game on Nov. 27.

“We don’t want to send (Mendenhall) off with the V-Tech game,” Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong said. “I’m glad we get one more opportunity to send him on a good note, send our fifth-year seniors out, and the COVID-year seniors. That’s my goal. That’s what I really want: to send those guys out on a high note, because you always remember your last game here, and you want it to be a W.”

Armstrong ranks second in the nation with 4,449 passing yards and set a UVA record with 31 touchdown passes.

SMU counterpart Tanner Mordecai, an Oklahoma transfer, has passed for 3,628 yards and ranks fourth in the country with 39 TD passes.

After going 5-7 in Dykes’ first full season in 2018, the Mustangs have posted a 25-10 record since. They started 7-0 this season and climbed to No. 19 in the polls before the rough finish.

Running back Tyler Lavine said he is happy to “be a part of a team that’s changed this program around” and he is hoping for a home-run finish in Boston’s ballpark.

“I feel like everyone has been killing it,” Lavine told Spectrum News 1 in Dallas. “Everyone sees the end goal and I think we can keep going.”

The Mustangs are 7-9-1 in bowl games, with their most recent victory coming at the 2012 Hawaii Bowl. The Cavaliers are 8-13 all-time in bowl games, including 1-2 during Mendenhall’s six seasons.

This is the first meeting between the programs.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Virginia targeting Clemson OC Tony Elliott

Virginia reportedly is close to hiring Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott as its new head football coach.

Elliott, 42, met with athletic director Carla Williams in Charlottesville on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

He would replace Bronco Mendenhall, who resigned suddenly on Dec. 2 after six years leading the Cavaliers.

Elliott, who met earlier this week with Duke officials about the Blue Devils’ coaching vacancy, has been on the staff at his alma mater Clemson since 2011. He became head coach Dabo Swinney’s co-offensive coordinator in 2015 and has been the Tigers’ OC since 2020. Clemson added associate head coach to his title in 2021.

Elliott received the Broyles Award in 2017 as the nation’s top assistant coach and helped Clemson win a couple of national championships (2016, 2018).

Former UVA All-American safety Anthony Poindexter, the co-defensive coordinator at Penn State, withdrew his name from consideration for the Cavaliers’ coaching job on Wednesday.

Mendenhall will step down following the Cavaliers’ appearance Dec. 29 at the Fenway Bowl, where they will meet SMU.

Virginia went 6-6 this season (4-4 ACC) and 36-38 under his direction.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bronco Mendenhall steps down as Virginia coach

In another surprising turn of the college football coaching carousel, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall announced his resignation Thursday.

Mendenhall will step down following the Cavaliers’ bowl game after six years leading the program.

“Clearly this week, there was a sense of clarity to me that I needed to step back from college football and reassess, renew, reframe and reinvent, with my wife as a partner, our future and the next chapter of our lives,” he said in an interview with a local ABC affiliate.

Mendenhall, 55, said he decided to resign despite administrators at Virginia requesting that he stay.

Virginia went 6-6 in 2021 (4-4 in the ACC) and is just two years removed from appearing in the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl. Mendenhall has a 36-38 record in his six seasons in Charlottesville.

Before taking that position, he spent 11 seasons as coach at BYU, where he had a record of 99-43.

“It has been a privilege to have Bronco Mendenhall direct the Virginia football team over the past six seasons,” Virginia athletics director Carla Williams said in a statement. “He has done an exceptional job of not just transforming the program, but elevating the expectations for the program. He has established the necessary foundation to propel our football team upward. He is more than a football coach and the impact he has had on these young men will be a positive influence for the rest of their lives.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) drops to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech chases bowl eligibility against rival Virginia

Virginia looks to snap a three-game losing streak and Virginia Tech takes its final shot at bowl eligibility when the rivals collide in Saturday’s Commonwealth Cup clash in Charlottesville, Va.

Both programs are trending downward as they meet for the 103rd time, with the visiting Hokies (5-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) holding a 59-38-5 lead over the Cavaliers (6-5, 4-3) in a series that began in 1895.

Virginia Tech was ranked No. 15 in mid-September before losing six of its next nine games, a stretch that cost head coach Justin Fuente his job on Nov. 16. The most recent loss in that span came in interim coach J.C. Price’s debut at rainy Miami last week by a 38-26 score.

Virginia, which got off to a 6-2 start this season, still had a chance to win the ACC’s Coastal Division title before taking a 48-38 defeat at Pitt last week. The Cavaliers have surrendered 182 points in their past four games since pitching a 48-0 shutout against Duke on Oct. 16.

The Hokies have won 20 of the past 22 meetings in the series, including a 33-15 victory in the 2020 season finale for both schools last season in Blacksburg, Va.

That left a bitter taste for the Cavaliers during the offseason, said quarterback Brennan Armstrong.

“We knew we had to do more. We knew we had to get better,” said Armstrong, who ranks No. 2 nationally with 404.4 passing yards per game. “It’s just a feeling around the whole place, the facilities, the players, the coaches, when you win that game.”

Virginia’s Dontayvion Wicks needs 43 receiving yards to break Herman Moore’s single-season school record of 1,190 yards, set in 1990.

Price is in only his second game as coach, but he is no stranger to the rivalry. He was a four-year starter on the Hokies’ defensive line from 1992-95 and earned All-Big East honors as a senior.

“Our book’s not finished. What’s it going to say?” Price asked his team. “If we can find a way to win … then maybe this team will be remembered as the most resilient, mentally tough team that Virginia Tech’s ever had.”

Virginia Tech went to bowl games for 27 consecutive seasons, the nation’s longest active streak, before opting out amid the pandemic in 2020 with a 5-6 record.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Virginia Cavaliers tight end Jelani Woods (0) is tackled after a catch against Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Brandon Hill (9) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Pittsburgh outlasts Virginia to win ACC Coastal

Kenny Pickett threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns, all to Jordan Addison, as No. 18 Pittsburgh clinched the ACC’s Coastal Division with a 48-38 victory over visiting Virginia on Saturday.

The Panthers (9-2, 6-1 ACC), who clinched their second division title in the past four seasons, will play the ACC’s yet-to-be determined Atlantic Division champion in the conference title game on Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.

Pickett went 26-for-41 passing and found seven different receivers, but his favorite was Addison, who set career bests of 14 catches and 202 yards. Vincent Davis rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries as Pitt amassed 509 yards, five fewer than Virginia.

Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong was even better than Pickett. He went 36-for-49 passing for 487 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Pickett threw two interceptions.

Keytaon Thompson had 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, while Dontayvion Wicks had 10 receptions for 133 yards and Jelani Woods caught six passes for 75 yards and a score.

Trailing 24-21 at halftime, Virginia tied the game on Brendan Farrell’s 30-yard field goal just two-plus minutes into the third quarter. But Pitt responded as Pickett threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Addison for a 31-24 lead with 8:32 left in the quarter.

Virginia (6-5, 4-3) tied the game at 31 Thompson’s 8-yard run capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with 5:06 left in the quarter, but Pitt regained the lead 34-31 on Sam Scarton’s 23-yard field goal with 1:46 left in the quarter.

After Pitt extended its lead to 41-31 on Hammond’s 1-yard run with 9:43 remaining, Armstrong needed just two plays and 25 seconds to find the end zone, following a 36-yard pass to Wicks with a 39-yard touchdown strike to Ra’Shaun Henry to make it 41-38.

After the teams exchanged punts, Pitt put the game away when Pickett threw his fourth touchdown pass to Addison, whose 62-yard grab gave the Panthers a 48-38 lead.

After Armstrong’s three-yard touchdown pass to Thompson gave the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, Pickett threw two touchdown passes to Addison in a span of 4:55 to give the Panthers a 14-7 lead with 10:01 left in the half.

Virginia tied the score on Hollis’ 2-yard run that capped a six-play, 75-yard drive with 6:52 left in the quarter, but it lasted just 13 seconds because Israel Abanikanda returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a 21-14 lead.

After Pittsburgh pushed the lead to 24-14 on Scarton’s 36-yard field goal with 2:49 left in the half, Armstrong pulled the Cavaliers to within 24-21 at halftime when his 7-yard touchdown pass to Woods capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with 52 seconds left in quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Pitt can clinch ACC Coastal by beating Virginia

No. 18 Pittsburgh can clinch the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division on Saturday with a win over visiting Virginia.

The Cavaliers, in turn, can take the division crown and berth in the conference title game by winning their final two regular-season games.

Pitt (8-2, 5-1 ACC) is seeking its second berth in the ACC title game in the past four seasons, while Virginia (6-4, 4-2) must beat the Panthers and rival Virginia Tech (5-5, 3-3) next week to advance to the title game for the second time in three seasons.

No. 10 Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0) would clinch the ACC’s Atlantic Division with a win Saturday at six-time defending conference champion Clemson (7-3, 5-2) on Saturday.

The division winners meet on Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.

Pittsburgh and Virginia have vastly different quarterback situations entering Saturday’s game.

Kenny Pickett has been outstanding this season for Pittsburgh, which has won six of its past seven games. He has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,517 yards with 32 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

The Panthers have four players with more than 300 yards receiving — Jordan Addison (1,070 yards, 11 TDs), Jared Wayne (566 yards, four TDs), Taysir Mack (461 yards, three TDs) and Lucas Krull (339 yards, six TDs).

Virginia, which is on a two-game losing streak, is allowing 239.8 passing yards per game and has given up three touchdown passes in each of the past three games.

Virginia is coming off a 28-3 loss to visiting Notre Dame last week in a game that showed how much it needs Brennan Armstrong under center. Armstrong injured a rib during a 66-49 loss at BYU on Oct. 30.

Armstrong has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,557 yards with 27 touchdowns against eight picks. Virginia averaged just under 40 points per game in his nine starts this season. Dontayvion Wicks (1,004 yards, nine TDS), Keytaon Thompson (773 yards, one TD) and Billy Kemp IV (599 yards six TDs) each has more than 40 receptions this season.

With Armstrong sidelined and freshman Jay Woolfolk making his first start, the Cavaliers were a much different team against Notre Dame, which kept Virginia scoreless until early in the fourth quarter. Woolfolk went just 18-for-33 passing for 196 yards and two interceptions.

“I’m praying that (Armstrong’s health) is more second to second rather than day to day,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters.

“I thought there were a lot of positive things from the game from how Jay played to how our defense played to how others saw their roles, maybe what they had been with Brennan (Armstrong) and what they would be with Jay, right? That clarity I think was helpful for everyone. It doesn’t mean that the roles can remain the same or possibly even the performance with Brennan versus Jay.”

If Armstrong is out, the Cavaliers will rely more on running back Wayne Taulapapa, who has rushed for 290 yards and two scores on 55 carries. Armstrong is the team’s second-leading rusher, with 271 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns on 81 carries.

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi is preparing for Armstrong to play.

“Virginia is more of a drop-back team,” he told reporters. “They like to throw it 70 percent of the time, so it’s going to be a drop-back, line up at empty with all these different personnel groupings and chuck it deep, chuck it wherever they want to. That’s what they’ve done, and they like to throw the football.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; The Notre Dame Leprechaun exhorts the crowd in the first quarter of the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Notre Dame streaking into Virginia

No. 9 Notre Dame will go for its fifth victory in a row when it visits the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday evening in Charlottesville, Va.

The Fighting Irish (8-1) are coming off a dominant 34-6 win over Navy, which marked the team’s third straight win by double digits. Notre Dame has won 39 consecutive games against unranked opponents, and it will go for No. 40 this weekend.

“Well, I guess that’s pretty consistent,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “You know, consistency and performance is important, right, in anything you do. So what we’re doing, how we do it on a day-to-day basis, (it’s) about our process every single day, and we stick with it.

“It’s proven to be effective. You know, sometimes I get up here and it sounds like the same old, same old, but it’s proven to be pretty effective. Our guys probably feel the same way, too. They hear it every day. But they believe in it. They’re 100 percent bought in on how we do things on a day-to-day basis, and our standards have shown that it’s been really effective.

“So we won’t be changing anything any time soon.”

That could be bad news for Virginia (6-3).

The Cavaliers are coming off a bye and will try to bounce back from a 66-49 loss against then-No. 25 BYU two weeks ago. The Cavaliers have given up 40-plus points in back-to-back games but also have scored 40-plus points during those contests.

Much of Virginia’s success on offense has been led by quarterback Brennan Armstrong, who has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 3,557 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Armstrong also has rushed for 271 yards and seven touchdowns.

However, there is uncertainty about Armstrong’s status for this week. He sustained a rib injury against BYU on Oct. 31, and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall avoided specifics when asked about his starting signal-caller.

“I’m planning on him being our quarterback,” Mendenhall said. “I probably won’t have an update until the ball is kicked off and we all look out there and see who our quarterback is.”

Notre Dame’s primary quarterback is Jack Coan, who has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,879 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has rushed for one score.

The Irish have leaned heavily on their running game this season. Top running back Kyren Williams has rushed for 802 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.0 yards a carry.

Kevin Austin Jr. leads Notre Dame with 531 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Michael Mayer is next on the list with 493 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Virginia defensive lineman Mandy Alonso said he and his teammates were eager for the opportunity to go up against a top-10 team.

“This is what you train for all season,” Alonso said. “You want to be in these positions. We’ve put our team in a good enough position to have our goals in reach, and I think (coach Mendenhall) is real happy with us right now, and we’re in a good position to (achieve) what we wanted to do at the start of the season.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall congratulates Virginia Cavaliers tight end Sackett Wood Jr. (44) following a play against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half at Cardinal Stadium. Virginia defeated Louisville 34-33. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Bronco’s return central to No. 25 BYU, Virginia clash

Bronco’s back.

The only storyline this week in Provo, Utah, is the return of former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall as he leads Virginia against the No. 25 Cougars in nonconference action Saturday night.

Both programs became bowl eligible with hard-fought wins last Saturday.

The Cougars (6-2) climbed back into the Top 25 with a 21-19 win at Washington State, making them eligible for postseason play for the fifth time in six seasons under coach Kalani Sitake.

Sitake took over in 2016 after Mendenhall went to Virginia, where his Cavaliers (6-2) are eligible for a bowl for the fifth consecutive campaign (they declined amid the pandemic last season) after a 48-40 defeat of Georgia Tech.

Mendenhall was 99-43 with five 10-win seasons and 11 bowl appearances at BYU from 2005-15. He told reporters Monday he didn’t know what kind of welcome to expect when he makes his long-awaited homecoming.

“You know, I don’t have expectations. It is a weird space, because we are arriving to play a football game, and I am charged with helping my current team,” he said. “So yeah, to expect or want more than that, I don’t. That is not a controllable thing, and to make more of that, or spend more time or energy or effort into that is not (productive).”

Sitake said Mendenhall deserves a warm reception at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

“I have tons of respect for Bronco Mendenhall and what he did here at BYU and the type of man he is, the leader he is,” Sitake said. “He produces great people in his football programs. It has been a pleasure for me to be here and to take over as a new head coach in a program that he established and laid the foundation at. He was able to do some really great things here, and we have a deep appreciation and gratitude for him.”

The Cavaliers have won four in a row. Brennan Armstrong, the NCAA leader in passing yards (3,220), passed for 396 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards and two scores in the win against Georgia Tech. UVA leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with 539.9 yards of offense per game.

The Cougars snapped a two-game slide with the win at Washington State. Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards and two TDs and ranks seventh in the FBS in rushing yards (861) and tied for sixth in rushing touchdowns (11). BYU is 12-1 when he rushes for at least 80 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) carries the ball as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Juanyeh Thomas (1) tackles during the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Brennan Armstrong totals 6 TDs as Virginia tops Georgia Tech

Brennan Armstrong passed for 396 yards, rushed for 99 and accounted for six touchdowns as Virginia held off Georgia Tech for a 48-40 win in Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers (6-2, 4-2 ACC) won their fourth consecutive game. Armstrong, the FBS leader in passing yards coming into the weekend, completed 29 of 43 passes with four TDs and carried the ball 12 times with two scores.

Dontayvion Wicks had six catches for 168 yards and two TDs, Keytaon Thompson added 154 yards from scrimmage and Virginia rolled up 636 yards of offense.

Jeff Sims passed for 300 yards with three TDs and one interception and Jahmyr Gibbs rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown to lead the Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-3), who finished with 570 yards of offense.

Georgia Tech led by 13 early, but Virginia scored 20 unanswered points spanning the second and third quarters to build a 27-16 lead.

Gibbs ended the drought with a 71-yard run and the Yellow Jackets added the two-point conversion to pull within 27-24.

Armstrong answered with his legs, rushing for TDs (4 and 14 yards) on Virginia’s next two possessions to take a 41-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

After a Georgia Tech field goal, Armstrong’s 20-yard scoring strike to Ra’Shaun Henry capped a 96-yard drive and made it 48-27 with 3:50 remaining.

Sims and the Yellow Jackets’ special teams made things interesting late.

Sims threw a 37-yard TD pass to Kalani Norris with 1:16 left and, after a successful onside kick, he completed a 5-yard TD to Kyric McGowan with 22 seconds to go to make it 48-40.

Another well-executed onside kick gave Georgia Tech a final possession at midfield. Sims’ heave into the end zone on the final play was batted down by Virginia’s Joey Blount.

The Yellow Jackets were rolling early. They struck first with Sims’ 36-yard pass to McGowan just 1:40 into the game, and made it 13-0 on a 3-yard run by Dontae Smith with 6:28 left in the first quarter.

Billy Kemp IV put the Cavs on the board late in the first quarter with a 1-yard pass from Armstrong.

After a field goal put Georgia Tech up 16-7, the rest of the second quarter belonged to Armstrong and Wicks.

Wicks’ first score was a leaping 13-yard grab over two defenders in the end zone. His second, after an interception by Blount, was a 77-yard catch-and-run that gave the Cavaliers their first lead at 21-16 with 6:36 left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Sep 6, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) in action against the Mississippi Rebels at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dual-threat quarterbacks lead Virginia, Louisville in ACC tilt

Heartbeats should be back to a normal rhythm by the time Virginia and host Louisville kick off their Atlantic Coast Conference contest on Saturday afternoon in Kentucky.

Both teams are coming off nail-biting finishes, which Virginia looks to build upon and Louisville hopes to learn from.

The Cavaliers (3-2, 1-2 ACC) collected their first road win of the season last Thursday night at Miami, hanging on for a 30-28 victory when the Hurricanes’ 33-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright as time expired.

The Cardinals (3-2, 1-1) had their three-game winning streak halted Saturday at then-No. 24 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons, now ranked 19th, used a 29-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to escape, 37-34.

Louisville holds a 5-4 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-0 record at home. Virginia won the most recent clash, 31-17, in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 14, 2020.

The Cavaliers are trying to win back-to-back ACC road games for the first time since 2011. One key on Saturday will be containing Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham.

Cunningham has passed for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 309 yards and an ACC-leading 10 touchdowns this season. In last season’s loss at Virginia, he passed for 161 yards and rushed for 197 yards and two scores.

“On a scale of whatever dangerousness there are, I would put him at the top of the dangerous scale in terms of how fast, how athletic,” UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday. “He can pull it down and run on any given play. I’m just really impressed with him. I think he’s a really good athlete. I think his throwing accuracy and precision has improved. On any given play, he’s a threat.”

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has similar respect for Cavaliers QB Brennan Armstrong, who leads the ACC with 1,973 passing yards and ranks second with 14 touchdown passes. Armstrong accounted for 263 yards of offense and three scores (two rushing) in last year’s win over the Cardinals.

“Their quarterback is playing at a high level,” Satterfield said Monday. “He can throw the football. Very accurate passer, throws a very catchable ball, and they have some guys to throw it to as well.”

Louisville is 2-0 at home this season and plays five of its remaining seven games at Cardinal Stadium.

–Field Level Media