Louisville stuns UCF with late win in Pick-6
Louisville’s Jaylin Alderman stunned the home crowd by re-intercepting 66 yards for a winning score in the final seconds Friday night, lifting the Cardinals to a 42-35 victory over the UCF Knights in Louisville, Kentucky.
UCF’s Tre’mon Morris-Brash made a pass and intercepted it in the last minute, but in a rare lightning attack by Louisville, Gabriel’s pass in the next play bounced off receiver Amari Johnson and straight to Alderman, who took the distance for the win. 13 seconds ago.
Louisville’s injured Malik Cunningham played most of the fourth quarter, and was 23 of 38 for 265 yards and one touchdown. He lunged for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Galen Mitchell rushed for one, and Marshawn Ford (eight high grabs, 100 yards) and Trayvon Cooley notched scores of Cardinals (2-1).
UCF (2-1) saw Dillon Gabriel go 21 of 28 for 188 yards, with TD passes to Ryan O’Keefe, Jaylon Robinson and Brandon Johnson. O’Keeffe also threw the scoring pass to Gabriel.
Gabriel reached out to O’Keefe for a 41-yard hit in the Knights’ second play of the melee at 12:22, but Cunningham tied it up with a 7-yard scramble with 1:47 remaining.
However, in Game Four early less than a minute into the second quarter, Gabriel threw a 15-yard pass into the end zone for Robinson, who made a superb one-handed catch.
Mitchell dropped two yards to hold the 14th at 9:38, and Cunningham led the Cardinals 56 yards in six plays, flipping a TD 1-yard pass to Ford for a 21-14 lead at halftime.
The UCF scored in his first set of the second half with a trick, as Gabriel — after a side throw to O’Keefe — took a pass back from the wide receiver and sprinted off 20 yards in 10:59.
Cunningham TD’s second dash was the only score for Louisville to finish third, while Gabriel hit 6 yards on the move to Tennessee, making Johnson 28 – all early in the fourth.
Louisville responded to the former UCF stunt play as receiver Braden Smith took a sideshow from Cunningham and put the Cardinals forward by 45 yards to Cooley with 9:15 to play.
Gabriel rushed six yards to equalize with 1:21 remaining on the roster.
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