The Miami Hurricanes and Louisville Cardinals were the last two teams to kick off their 2014 college football schedule tonight, with a Monday night game. Miami is looking to improve upon its 9-4 record last season in the ACC Conference coastal division, while Louisville is looking to contend for a national championship after going 12-1 last season in the ACC atlantic division where it will eventually do battle with FSU. Tonight’s game was tight for awhile, but the final score ended up not being a close one.
Louisville had home field advantage in its favor tonight, with the game being played at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Kentucky. But the biggest wildcard tonight was the fact that the University of Miami is starting freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya over upperclassman Jake Heaps, with Kaaya having won the job in training camp. Kaaya played on a mediocre level, going 16 of 27 for 169 yards with one touchdown score and one interception, allowing Miami to remain within one point of Louisville into the second quarter. But it was the dominating rushing performance of Louisville running back Dominique Brown, who had 143 yards on 33 carries with one touchdown score, who provided the difference tonight.
Louisville was the winner over Miami by a final score of 31-13. The next game on the Louisville schedule is at home against Murray State on Saturday night, while the next game on the schedule for the Miami Hurricanes is at home against Florida A&M, also on Saturday night.