Louisville forces 8 turnovers in rout of No. 10 Wake Forest

Oct 29, 2022, 4:31 AM | Updated: 6:23 pm
Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah (22) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the second ha...

Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah (22) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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              Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah (22) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest defensive back DaShawn Jones, bottom, grabs the leg of Louisville wide receiver Chris Bell, top, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville defensive back Kei'Trel Clark (13) tries to bring down Wake Forest running back Christian Turner (0) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) rolls out of the pocket looking for an open receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson yells at his bench during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville running back Tiyon Evans (7) attempts to avoid the defense of Wake Forest defensive lineman Jacorey Johns (4) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) is sacked by Louisville defensive back Kei'Trel Clark (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah (22) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest defensive back DaShawn Jones, bottom, grabs the leg of Louisville wide receiver Chris Bell, top, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville defensive back Kei'Trel Clark (13) tries to bring down Wake Forest running back Christian Turner (0) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) rolls out of the pocket looking for an open receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson yells at his bench during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville running back Tiyon Evans (7) attempts to avoid the defense of Wake Forest defensive lineman Jacorey Johns (4) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) is sacked by Louisville defensive back Kei'Trel Clark (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville wide receiver Braden Smith is chased by Wake Forest wide receiver Ke'Shawn Williams as he returns a punt during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville wide receiver Tyler Hudson, left, is brought down by Wake Forest defensive back Isaiah Wingfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) is chased by Wake Forest defensive back Malik Mustapha (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman is sacked by Louisville defensive back Josh Minkins during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville wide receiver Jaelin Carter tries to avoid the tackle attempt by Wake Forest defensive back Caelen Carson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham crosses the goal line to score during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest running back Justice Ellison (6) is pushed back from the goal line by Louisville defensive back Benjamin Perry (10) and cornerback Jarvis Brownlee during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville running back Trevion Cooley is grabbed by Wake Forest defensive lineman Jasheen Davis during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville running back Tiyon Evans runs from the Wake Forest defense on route to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Louisville won 48-21. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Wake Forest defensive back Gavin Holmes (7), right, tips the ball away from Louisville wide receiver Ahmari Huggins-Bruce during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s defense set up a third-quarter scoring outburst that overwhelmed No. 10 Wake Forest.

The Cardinals forced eight turnovers, returning two for touchdowns, and registered eight sacks in a 48-21 victory over the Demon Deacons on Saturday.

The dominant defense gave coach Scott Satterfield his first win against a top 10 team.

Six of those turnovers and both scores came in the third quarter. Louisville turned a 14-13 halftime deficit into a 34-point lead by the time Quincy Riley returned an interception 90 yards for a score on the final play in the period.

“The third quarter was remarkable,” Satterfield said. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve been in this game a long time.”

Louisville’s 35-point third quarter tied a record for the most points in a quarter against an AP Top 10-ranked team. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it had occurred three times previously, most recently by then-No. 5 Oklahoma against then-No. 2 Texas Tech on Nov. 22, 2008.

Louisville (5-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed a rally after losing a 13-0 lead they held a minute into the second quarter. Kei’Trel Clark’s 46-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Louisville a 20-14 lead 47 seconds into the second half.

Seven Louisville players accounted for the four interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

However, Louisville’s win was built on more than the turnovers. The Cardinals’ eight sacks came from eight players.

“It just goes to show how much work our defense puts in,” quarterback Malik Cunningham said. “On both sides of the ball, we’ve struggled some this year, but the defense has been picking it up lately.”

It’s a far cry from the way Louisville’s defense looked earlier in the season. The Cardinals gave up 100 points in its three losses, including 34 in a loss at Boston College on Oct. 1. After that loss made Louisville 2-3, Satterfield told reporters he would spend more time with the defense.

On Saturday, Satterfield said the Cardinals had to mix up their coverage patterns against veteran quarterback Sam Hartman.

“When that happens, you are going to throw into some coverage, or you are going to get strip-sacked because you don’t know where it is coming from,” Satterfield said. “It was a great defensive game plan, and our kids executed it.”

Hartman completed 20 of 35 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown while throwing three picks for the Demon Deacons (6-2, 2-2).

Wake Forest entered Saturday having committed just five turnovers in its first seven games. According to ESPN, Wake Forest was the first team in at least 15 years to commit eight turnovers in a half.

Hartman also lost three fumbles and was sacked seven times as he was benched to start the fourth quarter. However, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said some mistakes were hard to put on his fifth-year quarterback and called the game a “disaster.”

“Clearly, I did not have our football team ready today,” Clawson said.

Louisville’s Tiyon Evans ran for 106 yards on 11 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown, in his first action since the Boston College game on Oct. 1.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

This week, Wake Forest made the top 10 for the second consecutive year and for just the second time in its history. Unfortunately, the Demon Deacons’ stay will be brief once again.

TOP 10 TRIUMPH

Louisville last beat a top 10 team on Sept. 17, 2016, when the Cardinals beat then-No. 2 Florida State 63-20 at home. The last time an unranked Cardinals team beat a top 10 foe was on Sept. 26, 2002, when they beat then-No. 4 FSU 26-20 in overtime.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: After committing two turnovers last week in the win against Boston College, Clawson was worried about committing turnovers against a rejuvenated Louisville defense. There was no way he could even imagine his team committing more in one half than the seven they committed in the entire 2020 season.

Louisville: The once-inconsistent Cardinals won their third straight game. The schedule is still very tough the rest of the way, and the Cardinals still aren’t bowl eligible. However, if Satterfield is on the Louisville sidelines next season, this game will be a major reason why.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest travels to North Carolina State for a night game next Saturday.

Louisville hosts James Madison next Saturday night.

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