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5 Things We Learned About Louisville After Beating Kentucky

September 3, 2012
By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co



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Louisville came out with dominance against Kentucky Sunday, winning big over their rivals 32-14. The Cardinals started the game with an impressive 99 yard drive ending in a Jeremy Wright 1-yard touchdown.

Although the game was in Louisville's favor the entire afternoon, there were a lot of lessons that the Cardinals can take away from this game.

 

1. Teddy Bridgewater is the face of the program.

Bridgewater showed why he received so much national buzz during the preseason. The sophomore quarterback went 19-21 on the day for 232 yards. Bridgewater was replaced by senior Will Stein late in the third quarter and didn't play the rest of the game.

At 6'3” 230 lbs., Bridgewater moved around the pocket with ease. Compared to last season, he seemed to have a lot more composure and focus.

He is a game manager now,” Will Stein said of Bridgewater after the game. “He isn't just an athlete back there playing quarterback.”

2. The Cardinals Can Run the Ball

The Louisville Cardinals had two running backs that ran for over 100 yards against Kentucky. Head coach Charlie Strong showed he will really heavily upon his backs and has confidence that his team will have success on the ground against any team in the country.

Jeremy Wright got the bulk of the carries as he went for 105 yards in 22 carries, Wright also had three touchdowns in the game. Senorise Perry had 16 carries for 108 yards. Perry had the play of the game when he flew past the UK defense in the second quarter for a 47 yard touchdown run.

The Cardinals had most of their success running the ball on the right side behind Jake Smith and 6'6” 340 lbs. Jamon Brown. UofL ran for 219 yards against a very good defensive line, 150 of the Cardinals yards came from the right side.

Our offensive line goes against the best defensive line in the country every practice so we were not expecting anything less,” Senorise Perry said after the game Sunday.

Louisville played without Dominique Brown, who is also expected to get a lot of carries this year for Louisville. Brown was nursing a leg injury and is expected to play this Saturday against Missouri State.

3.  Defensive Pass Coverage Needs Work

Kentucky's Maxwell Smith had a decent game, even though his team lost by 18. The sophomore QB threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in the game. The Cardinal defense seemed to struggle guarding the Wildcat receivers in the middle of the field.

Louisville's defensive line put a lot of pressure on Smith, especially in the first half. As the game went on and Kentucky began running their hurry up offense, the Cardinal secondary and linebackers found themselves out of position several times.

The Cardinals have a fantastic secondary led by Hakeem Smith and Adrian Bushell, but they must come together as a unit before playing a very good passing team this weekend in Missouri State.

4. Kickoff Coverage Needs Work

Coming into the game Louisville knew that they had a lot of questions when it came to their special teams. Most teams do not give too much practice time to the special teams units until the beginning of the season.

Kentucky was able to get some big holes on kickoff return, both UK returners CoShik Williams and DeMarcus Smith were able to get returns for over 30 yards.

The Kentucky offense had good field position throughout the game, most of the time it was due to a great return.

5. Louisville Fans Are Behind Their Team 100%

Cardinal fans broke the attendance record Sunday, packing out Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium with 55,386 fans. There was a section of Kentucky blue, but red covered the stadium and fans were loud throughout the game.

The game started with pouring rain and a tornado watch, but fans came in force with their ponchos.

There isn't a doubt that as Charlie Strong has changed the culture in the football team, Cardinal fans have gotten on board and are completely behind their team.

 


 

 

 UK      LOU

FIRST DOWNS...................       24       26
  Rushing.....................        6       12
  Passing.....................       16       13
  Penalty.....................        2        1
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       93      219
  Rushing Attempts............       19       46
  Average Per Rush............      4.9      4.8
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        4
  Yards Gained Rushing........      109      239
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       16       20
NET YARDS PASSING.............      280      247
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  35-51-0  22-26-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      5.5      9.5
  Average Per Completion......      8.0     11.2
  Passing Touchdowns..........        2        0
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      373      466
  Total offense plays.........       70       72
  Average Gain Per Play.......      5.3      6.5
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-2      3-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     3-17     6-42
PUNTS-YARDS...................     2-88    4-171
  Average Yards Per Punt......     44.0     42.8
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     48.5     37.2
  Inside 20...................        2        2
  50+ Yards...................        1        1
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        1        1
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    2-130    6-379
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     65.0     63.2
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     47.5     34.8
  Touchbacks..................        1        2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   3-22-0   1--9-0
  Average Per Return..........      7.3     -9.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  4-120-0   1-15-0
  Average Per Return..........     30.0     15.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    23:39    36:21
  1st Quarter.................     6:39     8:21
  2nd Quarter.................     3:38    11:22
  3rd Quarter.................     6:23     8:37
  4th Quarter.................     6:59     8:01
Third-Down Conversions........  7 of 13  6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 3   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-4      4-4
  Touchdowns..................      2-4      3-4
  Field goals.................      0-4      1-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      3-5     2-13
PAT Kicks.....................      2-2      3-3
Field Goals...................      0-1      1-1

 


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