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Cunningham rallies Louisville to 20-14 victory over UCF

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  • Louisville defensive back Kenderick Duncan, left, trips Central Florida running back Johnny Richardson during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville defensive back Kenderick Duncan, left, trips Central Florida running back Johnny Richardson during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield directs players on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield directs players on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Central Florida head coach Gus Malzahn has words with an official over a penalty during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Central Florida head coach Gus Malzahn has words with an official over a penalty during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Louisville defensive back Kenderick Duncan (27) is called for pass interference as he hits Central Florida tight end Alec Holler, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville defensive back Kenderick Duncan (27) is called for pass interference as he hits Central Florida tight end Alec Holler, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Central Florida defensive end Josh Celiscar, top, sacks Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Central Florida defensive end Josh Celiscar, top, sacks Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Central Florida defensive tackle Ricky Barber, left, grabs Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) by the jersey during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Central Florida defensive tackle Ricky Barber, left, grabs Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) by the jersey during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) looks for a receiver against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) looks for a receiver against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Louisville running back Tiyon Evans (7) fumbles as he is tackled by Central Florida safety Quadric Bullard (37) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville running back Tiyon Evans (7) fumbles as he is tackled by Central Florida safety Quadric Bullard (37) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Central Florida running back Johnny Richardson, foreground, slips past a Louisville defender for a long run during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Central Florida running back Johnny Richardson, foreground, slips past a Louisville defender for a long run during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) scrambles away from Central Florida defensive end Josh Celiscar (88) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) scrambles away from Central Florida defensive end Josh Celiscar (88) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • Louisville running back Tiyon Evans, top center, celebrates his touchdown against Central Florida with teammates, including Louisville tight end Francis Sherman (44), during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.


    Louisville running back Tiyon Evans, top center, celebrates his touchdown against Central Florida with teammates, including Louisville tight end Francis Sherman (44), during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.
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  • ORLANDO, Fla. — Malik Cunningham used his arm and his legs to get Louisville’s season on track.

    The redshirt senior quarterback threw for 195 yards and rushed for 121 more, including a 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter, to lead Louisville to a 20-14 victory over UCF.

    The Cardinals (1-1) outscored the Knights 13-0 in the second half. Tiyon Evans rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Hudson had three catches for 67 yards.

    UCF (1-1) scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, but struggled to get much going the rest of the way. The Knights had their best scoring chance with 2:52 remaining in the fourth quarter but quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was intercepted in the end zone by Jarvis Brownlee.

    Plumlee was 16-for-34 passing for 131 yards and rushed for 83 yards, but he was sacked four times. Isaiah Bowser rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

    THE TAKEAWAY

    Louisville: The Cardinals recovered from a poor effort in a 31-7 loss to Syracuse last week. Cunningham wasn’t perfect, but showed a lot of toughness and leadership in guiding the offense to 421 yards. Louisville wants to be a threat in the ACC and now has some momentum going into next week’s home opener against Florida State.


            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    UCF: The Knights need to address their inconsistencies on offense and that starts with Plumlee. The Ole Miss transfer is a threat with his legs, but once Louisville’s defense adjusted and forced him to throw from the pocket he could not deliver. It’s a disappointing result for a team that was hoping to run the table.

    UP NEXT

    Louisville: The Cardinals will host Florida State next Friday.

    UCF: The Knights are at Florida Atlantic next Saturday

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