Louisville football: 3 takeaways from convincing win over Western Kentucky

Micale Cunningham, Louisville football (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In the only in-state rivalry game in the bluegrass this season, Louisville football’s offense provided the spark for a convincing victory over WKU.

The improvement of the Louisville football program under second-year head coach Scott Satterfield has been one of the most slept-on stories in all of college football.

After starting his tenure with a 8-5 season, the Cards got off to a great start to their season Saturday night, earning their first victory of the season over in-state foe Western Kentucky, 35-21.

The three-headed monster of Micale Cunningham, Tutu Atwell and Javian Hawkins led an explosive offense that couldn’t be stopped all night despite two mistakes on special teams that gave the Hilltoppers two easy touchdowns, one in the first quarter and the second in the third.

Don’t forget another muffed punt in the fourth that gave the Hilltoppers prime field position.

The Cardinals’ defense showed further improvement from last season stepping up in big moments like on a fourth-and-3 play where the Hilltoppers were inside the 10-yard line, but the added pressure to Western Kentucky quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome stopped him from making it a two-possession game.

What did we learn from the Cardinals’ season-opening win?