Following a dreadful start to the Music City Bowl on Monday, the Louisville Cardinals got an injection of confidence midway through the second quarter.
With the Cardinals trailing, 14-0, and down a defender following an ejection, Louisville got on the board by reaching into its bag of tricks.
Louisville receiver Tutu Atwell caught a pass from quarterback Micale Cunningham in the flat, who then spotted a wide open Marshon Ford down the far sideline. Atwell connected with him for the 33-yard touchdown. Video of the play can been below.
?? TRICK PLAY ALERT ??@UofLFootball on the board in the #MusicCityBowl. #GoCards pic.twitter.com/fdb5YnvZKx
— Stadium (@Stadium) December 30, 2019
The score cut Mississippi State’s deficit to 14-7 with 7:57 remaining in the second quarter.
Mississippi State fumbled the ensuing kickoff back to Louisville, but the Cardinals were not able to capitalize.
Louisville spotted the Bulldogs 14 points on a pair of 3-yard touchdowns runs from quarterback Tommy Stevens and running back Nick Gibson.
In the midst of Mississippi State’s second scoring drive, Louisville linebacker Dorian Etheridge was ejected for kicking a Mississippi State player while both were tangled with one another on the ground. The commentators on the call for ESPN disagreed with the officials’ decision to disqualify Etheridge.
Louisville (7-5) is appearing in its ninth bowl game in 10 years. The Cardinals finished 5-3 in the ACC, which was good enough for second place in the Atlantic Division behind conference champion Clemson.
Scott Satterfield is in his first season as Louisville head coach.
Mississippi State (6-6) needed to defeat in-state rival Ole Miss in the final week of the regular season in order to secure bowl eligibility. The Bulldogs are under the direction of second-year head coach Joe Moorhead.