To be undefeated seven games into the season is not an easy feat. Regardless of how pretty you look when you do it, how your opponents are viewed, or what conference you are in…undefeated is undefeated. Louisville is likely to get their opponents best shot for the remainder of the season until they are knocked off, and I think that’s exactly what you got Saturday night against the South Florida. Here are some games news and notes from the Cards 27-25 victory over the Bulls leaving them 2-0 in conference play.
- South Florida just outgained the Cards in total yardage 386-384. The only other time that has happened through theses seven games was against FIU 323-326.
- While I don’t typically pay a lot of attention to total offensive plays, it stood out to me that the Bulls had 82 offensive plays to Louisville’s 58 without a huge play-clock anomaly (32:25-27:35).
- Louisville continued it’s Red Zone Efficiency scoring every time they found themselves there. All three were touchdowns.
- The Cards defense now has 14 sacks on the season; nine of which came in the last two games. Four against South Florida.
- After getting the starting nod for the second consecutive game Lorenzo Mauldin is making the best of his opportunity. After Cards fans became concerned about the defensive pressure into the backfield, five games in Mauldin has recorded 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in the last two games.
- Abraham “Nacho” Garcia made his debut against the Bulls well into the game voiding his redshirt opportunity. In part because John Miller was set to start but was sidelined for the game after the staff decided he wasn’t quite ready to return after injury.
- Louisville’s defensive line had a serious problem stopping the Bulls run up the gut. South Florida did nothing to disguise it and made no secret of their repeated successful attempts at rushing the ball straight up the middle seemingly getting several easy yards before the Cards got a hand on the runner. That can’t happen.
- With the lack of success that Louisville had rushing the ball some left wondering why the play calling still offered plenty of run plays well into the game after minimal gains on the ground. Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry combined for just 56 rushing yards for the entire game. Bridgewater lead the team with 74 yards on the ground.
- The Cards finished with entirely too many penalties totalling nine for seventy-five yards.
- Teddy Bridgewater continued to spread the ball around hitting nine different receivers on the day. Louisville has had four different guys lead the team in receiving yards this season and eight have caught touchdown passes.
Louisville still showed that they have a ton to work on, and continue to build a team around their youth shuffling players around. I don’t believe that this team has come anywhere close to reaching it’s potential, and if they do…college football better look out. When these guys get the pieces of the puzzle together, they’re going to be really good; scary good.