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Air Force Falcons defeats Louisville Cardinals 31-28 to win First Responder Bowl

Air Force Falcons win the First Responder Bowl. Final score: 31-28. Cardinals finish season 6-7.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It's game day for the University of Louisville's Cardinals and the Air Force Falcons in the ServPro First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas.


2nd half | Final

6:30 p.m. Ball game! Air Force Falcons win First Responder Bowl.
Final score: 31-28. Cardinals finish season 6-7.

RELATED: Air Force takes down Louisville with rare passing game to win First Responder Bowl

6:23 p.m. - Falcons run for first down after recovering onside kick. Louisville calls first time out with 2:03 to go. Ball on Cards 34 yard line.

6:20 p.m. - Cardinals go for an onside kick, Air Force recovers.

6:17 p.m. - Cardinals clap back with a good drive and Cunningham runs it in for TD. Score: 31-28 with 2:57 to go. Air Force's ball.

6:06 p.m. - Air Force go up by 10 31-21 with 5:28 left in game.

5:55 p.m. Cunningham airs out a perfect rocket to Harrell. Score 28-21


5:50 p.m. - Cards 14-play, 78-yard drive results in no points on the board.

5:45 p.m. - Air Force gets big stop on Cards who went for it on 4th down and 2.

5:35 p.m. - Cards bring the D after halftime. Daniels sacked on 3rd and 8 for loss of 6. Air Force punts. Anyone else wondering what coach Satterfield said in the locker room? 👀 

1st half

5:00 p.m.- Halftime: Air Force leads Louisville 28-14. The Falcons have outgained the Cardinals through the air 199-61. The Cardinals have outgained the Falcons on the ground 137-93. 

4:49 p,.m. - Air Force takes 28-14 lead. 👀 Cards searching for a solution to Falcon's passing game. 

4:45 p.m. - Freshman Jawhar Jordan takes kickoff 100 yards for the score, making game 21-14. 


4:19 p.m. - Cards get on the board after a 12-yard run from Cooley to the goal line. He takes it in for TD on the next play. Score: Air Force 14, Cards: 7. 

4:07 p.m. - Air Force gets 61-yard TD. Take 14-0 lead in 2nd quarter. 

4:04 p.m. - Cards go 3 and out. Cunningham 1/6 for 3 yards. Punts to Air Force. 

3:54 p.m. - Air Force gets on the board first behind a 5-year TD run from Haaziq Daniels. The longest play on the drive was a 40-yard pass completion. 

3:42 p.m. - Holding penalty stalls drive on third down. Cards attempt field goal from 44 yards out and James Turner misses. 

3:40 p.m. - Malik Cunningham runs for 34 years which puts him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Still lots of game left.

3: 20. p.m. - Cunningham pitch gets away for fumble and loss of six years. Cards have to punt.

2:55 p.m. - Cardinals hyped.

The matchup will take place on Tuesday at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas at 3:15 p.m. EST.

"We’re excited to host Air Force and Louisville in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl this year,” Executive Director Brant Ringler said. “Both teams have enjoyed impressive seasons, and we are eager to see them compete in Dallas as we celebrate our first responders."

WHAS11's Tyler Greever will be attending the football game in Dallas, be sure to follow his Twitter for live updates and game information.

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First Responder Bowl

Where can you watch the game?

The game will also be streamed on ESPN's networks.

Why is it called First Responder Bowl?

The bowl was first played following the 2010 season, the annual game in Dallas began honoring first responders at the 2014 game.

First responders include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers and anyone else who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of emergencies.

This matchup will be the 12th edition of the bowl game.

It will not only be both teams first time playing in the First Responder Bowl, but their first game against each other.

UofL's bowl history

The Louisville Cardinals have a 6-6 record for the 2021 season of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Offensively the Cards scored 31.9 points per game while averaging better than 450 yards of offense per matchup.

This will be the Cardinals 24th bowl, owning a previous 11-11-1 record.

Not only that, but it will also be the Card's second bowl appearance in three seasons under head coach Scott Satterfield.

Satterfield owns a 4-0 record in bowl appearances, defeating Mississippi State in the 2019 Music City Bowl in his first season at Louisville.


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