Louisville Card File: South Florida

cardfootballThat’s right, Teddy Bridgewater was NOT the offensives star of the game. Deal with it.

Dominique Brown was dominating. 125 yards on 18 carries. That’s 6.9 per carry. He may be turning into Bilal Powell after all.

He also had 6 receptions — most on the team — for 61 more yards.

Admittedly that latter stat is partially the result of the mature game played by Teddy B. It was obvious where the Bulls’ D was focused. Instead of forcing throws, U of L’s best QB ever merely checked down until a sure thing was nestled in Brown’s arms 10 or so yards downfield. TB went underneath when necessary.

Bridgewater was 25/29. 344 yards. 3 TDs. No picks. A dozen different Cards caught a pass during the rout.

He was, to be honest, surgical.

But, let’s put it in perspective. South Florida sucks. (Though the defense that Teddy sliced and diced did garner five sacks, several more hurries and 12 total tackles for loss. DeDe Lattimore made an appearance last night at Teddy’s Dreamland.)

During one of last night’s many games, the World Wide Leader ran a stat chart which displayed the best five QB performances of the day, adjusted for quality of opponent. Our favorite Cardinal was not on the list despite his lofty numbers.

Okay, let’s make Brown and Bridgewater co-O Game Stars.

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U of L’s D played fine, but . . .

. . . that really was a genuinely awful team Willie Taggert put on the field. Plus it was injury riddled.

Charles Gaines 70 yard Pick Six was sweet. 34-3 is a lot more resonant result than the 27-10 it might have been.

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Stats here are pretty meaningless.

But one does jump off the box score.

Possession Time.

U of L: 41.43. South Florida: 18:17.

U of L had only three possessions in the 2d half. Plus the Cards had three drives of over ten minutes. Methodical is good.

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Several trends remain disturbing.

Louisville’s offensive line play has been subpar all season. Sacks. TFLs. Hurries. Yesterday Louisville couldn’t punch one in after a 1st and Goal at the 3.

Too many penalties. Lots of stupid penalties. Nine for 100 yards.

John Wallace can’t get the ball in the endzone on kickoffs.

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Michael Dyer didn’t play.

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The most intriguing issue henceforth is this: On 12/28, will the Red & Black Faithful, geared up for a BCS trip, “travel well” to either Orlando or Charlotte for the Russell Athletic Bowl or Belk Bowl, both of which shall be contested on the same day that the defending national champion hoopsters play arch-rival UK?

Stay tuned.

– Seedy K

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