Louisville Improves to 3-0 after Beating In-State Rival Kentucky
In what seemed to be a slow start for the explosive Louisville offense the Cardinals found a way to pull out a 27-13 victory over their rival Wildcats.
Although the Cardinals were able to put up 492 total yards on offense it seemed Teddy and the offense were having issues with the Kentucky defense. Maybe I’m used to 40+ points a game, and have become a little spoiled, but it’s hard to knock a victory over a rival opponent on their own field in front of their self-proclaimed “greatest fans” in the world.
The Cards defense however, were able force three UK turnovers which ultimately became the key for the Louisville victory. A play right before halftime in which UK Sophomore Quarterback, Jalen Whitlow fumbled the ball seemed to be the turning point in the game. Coach Strong’s squad were then able to take their 10-3 lead into halftime and Kentucky was never able to rebound after having driven the length of the field before the costly fumble.
In the second half Bridgewater and his troops were able to regain their footing and scored on their first three possessions of the half while the defense continued to shine. Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Maxwell Smith, was forced to sit the second half after suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder and the Kentucky offense was held to just ten points in the final two quarters of play.
Player of the Game:
Despite Michael Dyer getting his first start in a Louisville uniform, Seniorise Perry gets my nod for the game’s MVP. The senior tailback was able to rush for 100 yards on just 11 carries and was able find the endzone twice.
Stat of the Game:
The Cardinals were able to rush for 242 yards as a team against their foes in blue, after only having rushed for 78 last week against EKU. The improved rushing attacked allowed the Cards to take care of the football and take control of the game with over 34 minutes of possession time.
My Two Cents:
Although the Teddy was able to pick up his third victory over UK in as many tries, it seemed the jump in talent of the opposing D seemed to catch him off guard. It’s a long season and we can’t expect TB to throw for 300 yards and 4+ touchdowns every game. Sometimes you have to find other ways to win the game and the Cards were able to do just that with Perry’s rushing performance and the dominating play of the defense.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley