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Louisville upset by Furman, takes rare November home loss with Cardinals coach Chris Mack serving suspension

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The ACC suffered another notable nonconference defeat early in the college basketball season Friday, when Louisville lost 80-72 at home to Furman in overtime. The Cardinals were only 9-point favorites and were playing without coach Chris Mack, who is suspended for the season’s first six games, but the defeat at the hands of a Southern Conference foe was still a surprise.

The loss snaps a 59-game winning streak for Louisville in November home games, a streak that dated back 29 years. Mike Bothwell led the visiting Paladins with 30 points as they clawed back from a 5-point deficit with under three minutes to play in regulation. Noah Locke, a Florida transfer, led Louisville with 20 points, but he took 19 shots from the field as the Cardinals shot just 36% from the floor. Louisville made just 7-of-29 attempts from 3-point range (24.1%) in the loss while Furman hit 12-of-28 (42.9%).  

The Cardinals were coached by assistant Mike Pegues as Mack serves a suspension following the university’s finding that he “failed to follow university guidelines, policies, and procedures” in connection with former assistant Dino Gaudio’s extortion attempt.

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The Cardinals were picked by media to finish sixth in the ACC this season after they finished 13-7 (8-5 ACC) last season and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament. They are now 1-1 and in the company of three other ACC schools with embarrassing losses. In addition to No. 25 Virginia’s loss to Navy on Tuesday, Georgia Tech fell against Miami (Ohio) of the MAC on Tuesday, while Pittsburgh lost 78-63 at home against The Citadel, which is in the SoCon with Furman.





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Dan Hellie and Matt Millen discuss Panthers' gritty 22-14 victory over the Saints

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Dan Hellie and Matt Millen discuss the Carolina Panthers’ 22-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Panthers’ defense did the heavy lifting with multiple interceptions, a blocked field goal and a defensive touchdown.



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Chiefs-Colts: Matt Ryan leads Indy comeback for first win of the season

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It took a 16-play, 76-yard drive for Indy (1-1-1) led by Matt Ryan to snap a four-game winless streak.



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Dolphins overcome ‘butt punt’ safety to upset Bills, take over first place in AFC East with 3-0 record

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The Dolphins take over first place in the AFC East after edging the Bills on Sunday to improve to 3-0, but they weren’t content just winning another game in Week 3; they also provided one of the most unusually entertaining plays of the season. Up four points with just 1:37 left in the divisional showdown, Miami punted from its own end zone, only to have Thomas Morstead’s kick bounce directly off the rear end of teammate Trent Sherfield, giving Buffalo a two-point safety and the rest of the NFL a good laugh.

Sherfield, a former 49ers wide receiver serving as the punt protector on the play, wasn’t pressured into Morstead. The spacing between he and the punter was simply so tight in the end zone that Morstead’s kick ricocheted right off Sherfield’s bottom, into the air and out of the back of the end zone. The punt followed a turnover on downs by the Bills, with the Dolphins gaining little while backed up to their own goal line, cutting Miami’s lead from four to two points.

Mike McDaniel’s upstart Dolphins ultimately held their ground to maintain the lead and upset Josh Allen and the Bills, but not after producing one of the rarest blunders in recent memory. No word on whether Sherfield will land on the Week 4 injury report due to rear-related soreness.

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