Louisville Card File: Cincinnati

If nothing else, this University of Louisville football team perseveres.

The defense is prone to lapses. There are holes in the secondary. The running game often sputters. Silly penalties come too often at the wrong juncture.

The team falls behind. The team lets foes catch up.

Yet one thing is paramount. U of L has won every game it has contested so far this season.

It’s hard to argue with that.

But, oddly, it’s still unclear how good — or not — this edition of the Cards is?

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Marvelous, cool Teddy B had his strangest game of the season.

In the first quarter, he was only 3/11. Despite that woeful completion %, he hit Devante Parker for 17 on a 3d & 7 from the Cards 28. Then he arced a beauty of a fifty yarder over the defense into the arms of Andrell Smith to set up the Cards first TD.

In the second quarter, he was slightly better percentage-wise, completing 6/11, still way under his 70% rate on the season. Plus he was picked deep in Cardinal territory.

Back on his feed after halftime, he was 7/9 in the 3d. But the offense stalled on its one scoring possession, settling for a John Wallace field goal. Then they went 3 & out.

In the 4th quarter, he was Teddy B. 8/10 for 200 yards. He had help when Damian Copeland laid out for a 51 yard completion. And when Devante Parker bobbled but nabbed one in time in the endzone. And when Parker caught a twenty yarder down the sideline. As fans yelled for the receiver to get out of bounds to stop the clock, Devante cut diagonally across the field, ending up with his second tally of the night to put the Cards up by a TD with 1:56 to play.

All in all, Louisville’s star QB was 24/41 for a career high 416 yards and two touchdowns.

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I frankly don’t recall the last time the Cards grabbed three interceptions in a single game? But it helped.

Calvin Pryor, Preston Brown each stole one. And Terrell Floyd’s in overtime pretty much sealed the deal for the Cards.

Brown also had 13 tackles, the same as LB Keith Brown.

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Yet again, Louisville’s special teams stunk. Really bad. Almost fatally.

Cincy started possessions at the Louisville 47 after a pitiful 34 yard punt, on the Louisville 48 after a 40 yard kick return and on its own 43. That was in the first half. (The drive commencing at U of L’s 19 after an interception can’t be blamed on special teams.)

In the second half the Bearcats started a drive on their own 46 after a 33 yard punt. Then after Parker’s magnifico TD scamper, the one which should have sealed the deal for the Cardinals, Cincy ran the kickoff back 41 yards. Which provided a short field for Munchie Legaux. Three plays and 53 seconds later, the game was tied.

Kenny Carter is Louisville’s Special Teams coach. He is not doing his job.

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Speaking of questionable coaching decisions, I must inquire. Yo, D Coordinator Vance Bedford, please explain why Stephan Robinson is not only playing way too much at corner, but actually started last night.

This, a week after he was burned twice by South Florida for scoring passes.

Last night, Robinson blew his coverage on Munchie’s 22 yard completion that started its last, late scoring foray. Again, Robinson was the guy who failed to cover Damian Julian on the 26 yard TD pass.

Terrell Floyd played the position in OT, grabbing an interception. He’s no prime time, but he is better than Robinson. Not sure what’s going on with Andrew Johnson?

One last observation about the defense, which too often just takes drives off. Adrian Bushell is the ONLY senior on the depth chart.

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Louisville netted only 108 yards on the ground.

Much of the problem is the failure of the O Line to provide running lanes.

But it seems like Wright and Perry are starting to dance more in the backfield, instead of accelerating down field.

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And now to give credit where it’s really due.

To the fans who weathered the dank elements and cheered the Cardinals to victory.

The announced crowd was 53,271, which was obviously tickets sold, not turnstile count. But there were 40,000 or so in the stands. And, stalwarts all, they stayed. And were loud.

Louisville fans seem to have kicked it up notch last week and this. It’s a great sign.

Hats off the U of L’s 12th man.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. Birdie King
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    I too am mystifyed by the playing of Robinson over others. Special teams almost cost us against USF and Friday. Holding my breath in the next 4 games. Everyone sees this what gives? Seed, you need to start asking some tough ? at Charlie’s Monday PC.

  2. bob DeSpain
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Maybe ask when the coaching staff review the game films, what do they see when watching the special teams.

    I am sure they will say no one has ran one back against us all season. On the other hand it shows me that he has some very good athletics on the special teams because the formations the coaches put them in are ridiculous.

    We would better off if they just kicked it out of bounds on every kickoff. I am I correct that the ball would be placed on the 35??

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