Louisville fell 31-28 against Air Fore in the First Responder Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cardinals fought hard, but couldn’t overcome an early 14-0 deficit.

The Falcons exploded for 28 points in the first half, mostly thanks to big plays by quarterback Haaziq Daniels. He completed 9-0f-10 passes for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game.

In the second half, Air Force was able to control the clock and limit Louisville’s offensive opportunities. Keeping Malik Cunningham off the field proved to be an effective strategy.

Cunningham threw for 207 yards and 1 touchdown in this game. He also rushed for 66 yards and another score.

Louisville had its chances, however. The Cardinals missed a first-half field goal and failed to score on 4th and goal from the 2-yard line.

As a result, Louisville ends its season with a 6-7 record. The Cardinals are now 18-19 in three seasons under coach Scott Satterfield.

This was the first ACC bowl game to be played so far this bowl season. Boston College, Virginia, Miami and NC State lost their opportunities to play in a bowl game due to COVID-19.