Louisville Beats Rutgers: Second Thoughts

Okay, I don’t mean second thoughts, as in I’m taking back my original analysis found here.

What I mean is I have some further reflections to share. But then you probably figured that out, didn’t you?

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I stand by my opinion that the forced fumble — by either James Burgess or Terell Floyd — on the kickoff after Louisville’s first TD was the biggest play of the game.

But I would be remiss were I not to acknowledge the importance of the second most pertinent play — the momentum changer — that came when Rutgers was facing 4th and 9 on the U of L 26 on the Scarlet Knights drive just prior to Louisville’s first TD.

Rutgers was up 14-3 and in total command. Frankly, a W for the home team appeared inevitable.

They lined up for a field goal. It was a fake. They were going for the kill, a legit strategy.

Instead of going for the three, J.T. Tartacoff rolled right. It was hard to tell if it was designed as a run for the 1st or a pass? One would assume the latter, since there were 9 yards to make. Indeed he did pass to D.C. Jefferson, who fell into the end zone for touchdown that, with the extra point, would have given them an insurmountable lead of 21-3.

It is at this point that Cardinal fans should send thank you notes to #71, Devon Watkis, a down lineman, who rumbled down field. The play was called back. Ineligible receiver. 4th & 14. Rutgers punted.

You know the rest of the story. 90 yard drive. Cardinal TD. 16 seconds later. Fumble on kickoff. Teddy B to Devante P. Cards lead 17-14.

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I forgot to mention in my original post that Calvin Pryor recovered that fumble on the kickoff, whoever forced it.

I must also give a shout out to the receiving corps. They made some great grabs. Andrell Smith’s 180 on a key grab. Devante Parker doing a 360 on his TD route. Ryan Hubbell, snaring one low and away and behind him.

And to the offensive line. Didn’t open many¬† holes for Wright and Lamb. Gave up way too many tackles for loss. But did a commendable job of protecting Bridgewater, who was unable to move in any direction. Allowing only three sacks.

I must admit I find it befuddling that Rutgers didn’t blitz more. TB was essentially immobile.

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U of L did not quit.

Charlie Strong’s teams do not quit.

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There’s a yin and yang to all in life.

Citizens of Cardinal Nation are ecstatic. The folks in Jersey? Not so much. Read here.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I meant to review the Rutgers player falling into the endzone on the fake FG. It doesn’t matter but I wonder if he really would have scored. That ball came out awfully fast. Did he have control, cross the goal line, and then drop the ball in celebration or did he lose the ball when he hit the ground? Thanks to the penalty we will never know.

  2. Seedy K
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    It was a score. He had possession when he crossed the goal line. Ball popped out when he hit the ground.

  3. bob DeSpain
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I am wordless!!!

  4. doug
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I salute Eli Rogers for going down the middle and snaring a huge 3rd and long pass for a first down. Teddy loves to go to his former teammate in tough situations. Eli is our best receiver in that part of the field, an area many receivers fear.

  5. Seedy K
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    @Doug РYou are absolutely correct. Should have mentioned Rogers for that amazing catch. 

  6. cbcard
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Eli is the new Harry Douglas. Not offense to Doug Beaumont.

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