UK 23 UL 17
Wednesday 09-08-2010 9:21am ET
UK 23 UL 16
Louisville lost its first game under Charlie Strong, but the Cards hung in after a horrifying start that saw UK score on its second play of the game, and lead 20-6 at halftime.
The Cardinals may have sputtered on offense, and given up too many big plays and third downs on defense, but the special teams certainly did their part. There were three field goals from Chris Philpot, two big returns, and they allowed no hurtful plays by the Cats.
CARDS WON'T BE LAST
Wednesday 08-11-2010 7:56am ET
The U of L Cardinals were picked to finish last in the Big East Conference at last week's media days in Newport, RI. While I can understand outsiders thinking that, I will be quite surprised if Louisville finishes last in the League.
First off, as disappointing a season as the Cards had last year, they still were in almost every game for three quarters or so. Toughness, discipline, strength and conditioning alone should be enough to at least get them over that hump this season.
Defensively, Louisville is lacking in depth, is small in size , and short on experience...a dangerous combination, admittedly. But barring major gaffes in critical situations, hopefully they can hold the fort while the offense tries to hold the ball. Not that the Cardinals will go to a ball control offense, but a solid offensive line and strong running backs should allow Louisville to run the ball effectively enough to give the quarterback...whoever that turns out to be...ample opportunity to throw.
Key for U of L is to avoid the two things that frequently crippled them in the past....the untimely mental blunders/penalties, and those killer turnovers.
If Louisville can do that, and if some currently unknown player(s) come through in unexpected fashion, I think the Cards can climb up to the middle of the pack, and with some luck, maybe a bit higher.
But then, I am the eternal optimist, aren't I?
Monday 06-28-2010 1:58pm ET