Deacons have 8 turnovers in 2nd half, get blown out at Louisville

The Cardinals scored 35 points in the third quarter of a 48-21 win

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham runs away from Wake Forest defensive back Malik Mustapha during the Cardinals’ 48-21 win Saturday. (Timothy D. Easley / AP Photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fueled by an opportunistic defense, Louisville used a 35-point third quarter to knock off No. 10 Wake Forest 48-21.

The Cardinals (5-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) forced eight turnovers, all of which came in the second half. Louisville forced six turnovers in the third quarter as coach Scott Satterfield took his first win against a top 10 team.

Louisville needed a rally after losing a 13-0 lead they held a minute into the second quarter. A defense that’s improved in recent weeks provided that spark and then some.

Kei’Trel Clark’s 46-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Louisville a 20-14 lead 47 seconds into the second half. The period ended with a 90-yard pick six by Quincy Riley to provide Louisville with a 34-point lead.

According to ESPN, Wake Forest was the first team in at least 15 years to commit eight turnovers in a half.

Quarterback Sam Hartman completed 20 of 35 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown while throwing three picks for the Demon Deacons (6-2, 2-2). He was benched to start the fourth quarter.

Louisville’s Tiyon Evans ran for 106 yards on 11 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown, in his first action since the Boston College game on Oct. 1.

Wake Forest travels to North Carolina State for a night game next Saturday.

Louisville hosts James Madison next Saturday night.