Enjoy each moment. The whole more than likely will be less than the sum of its parts.
U of L has a very good football team. A very, very good football team. After an initial look, a great team, conceivably the best in school history.
But the schedule is what it is, a lame duck slate in a wannabe but ain’t gonna be conference. Any slip and the Cards will fall precipitously in national stature. Even if they run the table, a shot at You Know What remains a . . . long shot. And, even a W in another BCS Bowl that isn’t the “title” game is gonna lead to a queasy feeling of coulda woulda shoulda.
AFROS On Parade. Practice makes just about perfect. Charlie Strong has said several times that Kai Dominguez had an “unbelievable fall camp.” The best of any player on the team.
Thus, it should have come as no surprise that The Player Formerly Known As Kai Dominguez, now to be called Kai De La Cruz, snared 4 catches for 116 yards and a pair of TDs.
During fall camp, “America’s Finest Receivers On Saturday” caught 94.64% of passes in practice. (That’s an exact stat taken from a chart in the locker room.)
Saturday, Damian Copeland hauled in 6, 2 for scores. DeVante Paker caught 4, including a touchdown. As did Robert Clark. Eli Rogers and Gerald Christian also had multiple catches.
The Beast That Is Burgess (& His Pals on D). Sophomore LB James Burgess led the team in unassisted tackles with 5. Including two for a loss. He aided in three others.
Preston Brown led the squad with 9 total.
Nick Dawson, Brandon Dunn, Roy Philon (with the Cards only sack) and Andrew Polston each stopped a Bobcat ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage.
Hakeem Smith grabbed the Cardinals’ only pick. After it had been double tipped by two other Cardinal defenders. And after a review from the booth.
The Bobcats were held to 81 yards rushing on 28 carries.
Carry That Load. U of L netted 199 yards on the ground. The task was spread among 10 different runners.
Dominique Brown ran with considerably more authority than he showed in action season before last.
Senorise Perry displayed only the slightest effect from what should have been a devastating knee injury.
Michael Dyer showcased why all the excitement over his presence in red and black is justified. He jetted 46 yards for a score on a 3d and 1 in the 3d quarter.
Brandon Radcliff underscored how deep the Cardinals are at RB, chewing up 34 yards on 6 carries late.
Oh Yeah, That Guy Calling The Signals. Teddy B hit a Heisman-quality 23 of the 28 passes he attempted, for 355 yards and 5 touchdowns.
His one interception was, according to the coaches, a route error by the receiver. His fumble came when the O line allowed him to be sacked.
The Bad & The Ugly. Louisville was penalized 90 yards. The Cards committed four False Starts in the 1st quarter alone.
The secondary was beaten badly several times. Including blown coverage by Hakeem Smith and Terrell Floyd.
Special Team play appeared no more special than last season’s sketchy performance. Face mask penalties. Kickoffs out of bounds. Open gaps.
U of L had to call a timeout less than three minutes into the game, when there was a mix up, either of the play called or the personnel package on the field.
On The Field This & That. Lorenzo Mauldin started the game, and had one assisted tackle.
Three guys kicked off for U of L: John Wallace, Josh Appleby and Matt Nakatani.
Louisville’s longest scoring drive took all of 6:06. The others: 3:47, 3:12, 3:26, 3:17, 3:09 and 2:49.
Ryan Johnson only punted twice, but they were both boomers, high and long, for a 47.5 average.
Off The Field This & That. Vance Bedford’s wish just about came through. The stands were almost full when the team ran on the field before kickoff. The crowd did thin out considerably after halftime. Even more as the rout played out to the end. Do fans leave early in Death Valley, Tuscaloosa or South Bend?
Russ Smith (with help from Luke Hancock) led a C-A-R-D-S cheer during a 2d period timeout.
The marching band powers that be acted responsibly. The group was wearing just wicking shirts and pants. No coats. No hats. Unlike the Bobcat band, which was in full John Phillip Sousa garb. Hot.
On the Press Box TVs, a big box came up blocking the screen during the first replay review. It was an admonition from Direct TV to pay the bill. See, kids, Time Warner isn’t the only provider that messes up.
– Seedy K