Miami football 2019 game versus Louisville much closer than score

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The 52-27 blowout win by the Miami football team over Louisville in 2019 was much closer than the final score.

The Miami football team blew out Louisville 52-27 in 2019 in a game former Hurricanes quarterback Jarren Williams set progam and ACC record with six touchdown passes. A closer look at the game reveals it was much tighter than the final score. Louisville sabotaged itself in the loss to the Hurricanes.

Miami has made substantial changes on offense since last season and lost several key players on defense since their convincing victory at Hard Rock Stadium last November. The game between the Hurricanes and Cardinals should have been much closer on the scoreboard in 2019. Turnovers and penalties plagued Louisville.

Louisville outgained Miami 496-449 including a 328-252 advantage in passing yards. The Cardinals 14 penalties for 121 yards to just 5-55 for Miami and three turnovers to none for the Hurricanes played a huge role in the 25 point margin. Miami played its most complete game of 2019 in victory.

Louisville had a time of possession advantage of 11:40-3:20 in the first quarter and trailed 21-7. The opening 15 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. The Cardinals outgained Miami 191-153 first quarter and was still down 14. Getting off to a good start for Miami on Saturday can set the momentum again.

Louisville’s only score in the first quarter against Miami in 2019 came on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Micale Cunningham to Tutu Atwell that tied the game at seven less than 2.5 minutes after the Hurricanes took a 7-0 lead. Miami followed on the first play of the next possession on a Dee Wiggins 67-yard TD reception.

Miami added another TD two minutes later and outscored Louisville 14-7 in the second quarter to take a 35-14 halftime lead. A key play for the Cardinals came at the end of the first half. Cunningham was intercepted by

D.J. Ivey

in the endzone with the Cardinals trailing by 21. MIami than ran out the clock.

A 17-7 third quarter by the Miami football team extended their lead to 52-21 at the end of three quarters. Lousville had the lone score in the fourth quarter to cut the final margin to 52-27. Miami has to enter the game Saturday night at Louisville focused. The Cardinals return their key players offensively and added talent.

The Miami defense is very different than 2019 and the offense is running an entirely different system with a new starting quarterback, running back and without their leading receiver. D’Eriq King and the Miami offense should be able to move the ball against Louisville but do not expect another 52 point outburst.

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Miami and Louisville should still put a lot of points on the board. The Cardinals and Hurricanes combined for 945 yards of total offense last season. Expect to see Louisville and Miami combine for at least over 800 yards on Saturday. The Miami defense will be tested far more than they were against UAB.