The Louisville football program suffered a humbling 23-21 loss on Saturday to the Virginia Cavaliers. This loss doesn’t ruin the season by any means, but it’s certainly a wake-up call.
Most Louisville fans predicted that the Cardinals would win eight, nine or possibly even ten games in 2014. I can only speak for myself, but I doubt Virginia was one of the few games that fans circled as a potential loss.
To their credit, UVA is much improved from a season ago and could be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2011. That said, Louisville has no business losing to a team that went winless in league play and won just two games in 2013. If Virginia goes on to be one of the top teams in the ACC, I’ll admit that I was wrong, but as mentioned, that is a game that Louisville has to win.
Despite the 1-1 start, Bobby Petrino says the team won’t hit the panic button.
“We’re not going to panic,” Petrino told the media on Monday afternoon. “We’re going to stick with the things that we know will work, we just have to do them better.”
Petrino also noted that he and his staff are looking for more leadership.
“The first thing we look for is leadership,” Petrino said. “The kind of leadership that is going to show up and get it turned around. We look for effort and good focus in the film room.”
There were plenty of weaknesses on Saturday, but Petrino says the biggest flaw was the execution.
“Ultimately the execution just wasn’t there. When you’re not executing the way you should, you see things play after play.”
The execution certainly could have been much better on Saturday and despite the multiple mistakes, Louisville still should have won the game. That said, regardless of the poor execution, I think we also saw some weaknesses that this team currently has.