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Louisville's defense got the job done and the No. 25 Cardinals won their season opener.
Nonetheless, some aspects of the unit's performance in the 32-14 win against Kentucky give Cardinals coach Charlie Strong pause.
Louisville gave up 373 yards, including 280 passing - numbers that ultimately didn't affect the outcome with the Cardinals' offense rolling up 466 total yards and scoring seemingly when it wanted to.
But the Wildcats' no-huddle sets forced the Cardinals to react and contain rather than consistently pressure Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith.
Two sacks, two fumble recoveries and allowing just 93 rushing yards offset things some, though not enough to satisfy a unit used to having its way. The Cardinals feel like they have several things to improve on Saturday at home against Missouri State.
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When asked about the absence of redshirt freshman receiver Charles Gaines in the season opener against Kentucky, “I just decided he didn’t deserve to go play,” Charlie Strong told the media.
Gaines, who was listed as a starting receiver when the first depth chart was released last week, was not dressed in pads, but was on the sideline on Sunday. Strong says Gaines would make...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Not known for lavishing praise, Louisville coach Charlie Strong found himself acting out of character.
He was happy to do it after his No. 25 Cardinals thoroughly beat in-state rival Kentucky 32-14 in their opener. Offense sparked much of his elation, as the Cardinals outgained the Wildcats 466-373 and scored on five of their first seven possessions.
A big win over an in-state rival to open the season would make most coaches happy. Louisville's Charlie Strong says there's always room for improvement.
Strong's 22nd-ranked Cardinals meet Missouri State of the FCS for the first time Saturday in Louisville.
The Cardinals (1-0) kicked off the season Sunday with a 32-14 victory over Kentucky behind 466 total yards of...
Head coach Charlie Strong and the rest of the Louisville program are off to a roaring start to the college football season. Louisville in front of numerous high school football prospects dominates in state arch rival Kentucky Sunday afternoon.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- For No. 25 Louisville, playing a game it could boast about was just as important as bragging rights against in-state rival Kentucky.
The Cardinals succeeded on both counts Sunday.
Jeremy Wright ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and Louisville opened the game with three long scoring drives en route to a 32-14 victory against the Wildcats. That claimed...
Head coach Charlie Strong and the rest of the Louisville program are off to a fast start with a big win vs. Kentucky. Numerous 2013 and 2014 prospects were in attendance as the Cards had little problem with the Wildcats.
I’m sure Louisville fans expected big performances from guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Hakeem Smith, DeVante Parker and Preston Brown in the Cards season opener against Kentucky. However, there were a few guys who somewhat unexpectedly played huge for the Cards on Sunday. Here are my two surprise performers from the season opener.
Offense – Damian Copeland:
Copeland played well...
Here is what week two’s depth chart looked like in Louisville’s press release game notes. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t see a lot of changes from week one to week two. I suppose if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I can’t think of any particular starter who may have deserved to be moved to second string, other than punt returner Kai Dominguez. I hate to single him out, but...
Teddy Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes for 232 yards and Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright both ran for over 100 yards as Louisville decked Kentucky 32-14 before a record crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Jeremy Wright celebrates after scoring the University of Louisville’s first touchdown of the 2012 football season with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter against Kentucky. Wright would score two more touchdowns while rushing for 105 yards in UofL’s 32-14 victory.
According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, Louisville assistant Wyking Jones will pay a visit to Moses Kingsley, a 6-foot-9 225-pound center at Huntington Prep on Sunday. September 9th, which is the first day coaches can make in-person contact with recruits.
Kingsley, a 4-star prospect has had Louisville near the top of his list for quite some time. He’s held a scholarship...
One of the biggest questions following Louisville’s 32-14 win over Kentucky on Sunday was the absence running back Dominique Brown. After a quarter of action had gone by and there was still no sign of Brown, it became pretty obvious that something was up.
Brown, Louisville’s leading rusher in 2011, was favoring his leg on the sidelines yesterday and was wearing a large brace...
Heady stuff Sunday for the University of Louisville football team.A record crowd, a highly efficient offense, an impressive win over arch rival Kentucky, and Charlie Strong singing the team’s praises.But as Assistant Coaches Vance Bedford and Clint Hurtt will again remind their charges again this year, “It was only Kentucky.”As defensive line coach, Hurtt has to have real concern...
Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals took the field in front of more than 55,000 fans yesterday afternoon and cruised to an easy 32-14 victory over their in-state rival, the Kentucky Wildcats. Louisville put together impressive drives of 99, 85, and 93 yards in the first half and never looked back.