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Louisville stuns UCF with game-winning pick-six after throwing interception on play before


What a wild ending to Friday night football in Louisville.

One play after Louisville junior quarterback Malik Cunningham threw an interception with 25 seconds remaining in a tie game vs. UCF, Cardinals freshman linebacker Jaylin Alderman recorded a 66-yard interception return touchdown to give Louisville a frenetic 42-35 victory at Cardinal Stadium. 

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The two picks were the only turnovers in the game. They helped Cardinals bettors cash in: Louisville (2-1) entered the game as a big home underdog. 

Fans were quick to note that the crazy finish occurred with Gus Malzahn as UCF’s coach. Malzahn’s teams, dating to his days at Auburn, have been known to suffer wild losses.

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It wasn’t just Malzahn madness that UCF supporters were upset about. Several questioned his decision to throw when the Knights (2-1) had all three of their timeouts and the ball was at the Louisville 41. 

Other notable statistics 

Friday’s game included a hefty offensive effort: Louisville outgained UCF 501-420.

Cunningham recorded 265 passing yards and one touchdown for the Cardinals along with 13 rushes for 99 yards and two scores. UCF had 212 rushing yards, led by sophomore running back Johnny Richardson with nine carries for 101 yards. UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel completed 22 of 29 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. He was injured on the final play of the game. His status going forward is uncertain.

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