Louisville vs. NC State: Live Score, Analysis and Highlights for the Belk Bowl
The Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina State will face off in the Belk Bowl tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tune in for live scoring updates, in-game analysis and highlights for the Belk Bowl.
Amerson ended the game with another interception adding to his interception record and cementing the victory for North Carolina State.
The Belk Bowl did not disappoint. This gam had it all. From trick plays to defensive touchdowns, this game was exciting to the end.
Louisville fought to the very end, but ultimately, the WolfPack was very deserving of the bowl victory. The sky is the limit for both of these football programs, but for now the Belk Bowl championship belongs to the Wolfpack!
The onside kick was uneventful and the WolfPack recovered. Louisville put up a valiant effort on defense and will now have timeouts and one last chance to tie up this game.
The Cardinals are making one last effort at stealing victory in the Belk Bowl. This team is well-Coached and full of fight.
North Carolina State has controlled this ball game for the most part, yet with less than four minutes to go in the game the Cardinals are sticking around. After a generous pass interference call, to get the ball to the two yard line, the Cardinals scored on a quick pass.
Now the Belk Bowl is a one score game and the fans are eagerly awaiting an onside kick.
The official attendance was announced for the Belk Bowl. There are 58,427 in attendance for the Belk Bowl and it looks as though every one of them have stayed around for the end of this game.
With just under ten minutes, the WolfPack defense made one of the biggest plays on the night and has now stopped the Cardinals twice on crucial fourth downs.
This offense possession by the WolfPack can take vital second off the clock and a score would put the game out of reach.
One thing can be said for the Cardinals. They are not giving up and still playing hard. The latest play was a perfect example of this passion as the Cardinals recovered a fumble.
The WolfPack challenged the call on the field. The play was upheld and now the game is still within reach for the young Cardinals.
The story for this game from a Louisville standpoint has to be missed opportunities. The most recent stalled drive came after a recovered onside kick. The Louisville offense was unable to put a drive together to make this a one possession ball game.
Now with three quarters in the books, the Cardinals have to step it up on defense, as the WolfPack attempt to put this game out of reach.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and the Cardinals faked a punt with a direct snap to Preston Brown and picked up 37 yards to get into the red zone.
An impressive scamper by Victor Anderson set up Louisville and they finally finished off a drive with an impressive touchdown grab by Nate Nord.
Now once again it is up to the Cardinals defense to keep this game close.
All that can be said about that 65-yard interception is, wow! That is a game changer and although there is plenty of time left in this game it will take a serious comeback to change the outcome of this game.
Cornerback David Amerson made an unbelievable interception and broke an ACC single-season record with 12 interceptions on the year. That leads all of college football. If that was not amazing enough, the return for a touchdown is destined for the highlight reel.
The WolfPack now lead the Belk Bowl 31-10.
The upcoming possession for the Louisville Cardinals is the most important one of the game. The WolfPack drove down the field on two penalties, to include a very questionable roughing call.
The Cardinals defense spent a long time on the field to start the second half, and the offense needs to respond with a drive to give them a rest and to recapture momentum. The defense had a small victory by just allowing a field goal, but if the offense sputters it will spell trouble for Louisville.
Will Baumann, the punter for the WolfPack has had problems all night. On the first punt in the second half he was roughed in what looks like a very painful hit. Although it got the Pack a first-down, it is unclear if he can come back into the game.
He walked off the field under his own power, so for now it looks as though he will return.
The WolfPack offense has the Cardinals defense on their toes. It looks like one of the early adjustments that the Cardinals are making is by bringing in extra safeties to stop the pass.
They are also bringing an extra emphasis on wide receiver TJ Graham. Graham had 94 yards receiving in the first half and two touchdowns, to include the first one of the game (Seen here). That extra attention brought about a pass interference penalty, but has not done much to slow down the Pack.
The coaching staff of Louisville has done a magnificent job of molding a very young team to respond to big game situations.
This may be their toughest challenge yet. They have the momentum going against them and they have stalled in the red zone. If they can’t get something going early, it could be a very long night for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals started off the next drive with an awesome 58-yard return on the kickoff, but as in previous drives they stalled. With just over two minutes to go before the half, the Cardinals failed on a fourth and one in North Carolina State WolfPack territory.
The Wolfpack responded with a 68 yard completion for a touchdown from Glennon to Graham and with just over a minute to go before halftime, this could be the beginning of the end for the Cardinals.
The WolfPack put the best drive of the game together. The drive ended in a touchdown reception by wide receiver Tobias Palmer to give the Pack a 14-7 lead. Glennon looked uneasy at times in the pocket, but the end result cannot be debated.
The drive was five plays and 80 yards and it lasted less than two minutes. Now Louisville will see if they can answer before the half.
Louisville looks promising on nearly every drive, but they stall in the red zone. The latest was a 32-yard attempt that was good to give the Cardinals a 10-7 lead, but these missed opportunities seem to be piling up.
North Carolina State has to feel fortunate that they are only down by three points at this juncture in the game.
Inconsistency seems to be the name of the game in the first half of the Belk Bowl.
Louisville have had scoring opportunities that were wasted. North Carolina State has had sloppy play and a turnover that cost them so far in this game.
The winner of this game may be the first team to regain composure and capitalize leading into the half.
The Cardinals have a scare with eleven minutes to go in the second quarter as the Bridgewater went down with an injury on a first-down run. He was replaced in the lineup by Will Stein, but the Cardinals have used a time out to assess the situation.
Bridgewater returned to the lineup after one play.
The first quarter ended with the score tied at 7-7, and this game could be turning in favor of the Cardinals.
The WolfPack were stopped on a drive that featured a sack by the Cardinals defense, but the special teams play will be something to keep a close eye on. The WolfPack fumbled one punt and nearly had another blocked. This problem needs to be addressed or it could affect the outcome of this game.
The Cardinals started inside the 10 yard line and will attempt to cash in on excellent field position. After two unsuccessful attempts to start the drive, Louisville used their first time out of the game. The early story in this game is the inability of the Cardinals offense to finish off a drive.
That could change after a 8-yard scamper from Bridgewater that was confirmed by reply and tied up the game at 7-7.
On the second possession of the game for the WolfPack, they began to get sloppy. The first penalty was called on the offense and the Pack nearly had two turnovers on the first two plays. Facing a third and very long, the Pack got called for yet another penalty.
This is the ugliest drive of the night and resulted in a punt, that was then blocked, leaving the Cardinals with outstanding field position.
On the second possession, Bridgewater is looking much calmer in the pocket and connected with wide receiver Josh Bellamy on a 53 yard gain to get the Cardinals into NC State territory.
Unfortunately that was all the Cardinals could manage as they followed that with a dropped pass, sack and a missed 52-yard field goal. Although the Cardinals had the wind at their back, the kick fell just short and the ball will be turned over to the WolfPack.
On North Carolina State’s first drive, Mike Glennon showed poise under center. The running game struggled to get going against a tough defensive front of the Cardinals, early in the possession.
Glennon completed a series of short passes that moved the WolfPack into Cardinals territory. Glennon was nearly intercepted on the first drive, but managed to convert the third downs to keep the opening drive alive.
The WolfPack are showing a commitment to a balanced attack on offense and on the first drive, it seems to be working.
Glennon ended the drive by hitting TJ Graham for a touchdown and the first score of the game.
Louisville first possession had sloppy moments to include a big loss due to a lateral on a screen pass, but they showed they can run the ball. A 32 yard run running back Dominique Brown was the big play that got the Cardinals into scoring position.
However the Cardinals stalled and when Bridgewater was pressured he lobbed an easy interception due to Terrell Manning.
Louisville receives the kickoff and this will give us our first look at the talented quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater is a freshman, but his play down the stretch has been fantastic.
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