Thanks to a bakery-fresh schedule, Louisville’s chances to impress voters against even average competition will be few and far between this season. One of those chances is today against Kentucky… and through two quarters, the only thing impressing is the Wildcats’ defense in their first year under Mark Stoops.
The first three possessions of the game, the Cardinals recorded zero first downs, while the presumptive Heisman front-runner, Teddy Bridgewater, was just 1-of-4 passing for 10 yards during that span. The only thing standing between a 3-3 tie at the half was a 13-yard Bridgewater Hail Mary to DeVante Walker late in the second quarter.
Bridgewater, in particular, has looked out of sorts most of the afternoon. Coming into the in-state rivalry game, Bridgewater had completed nearly 77 percent of his passes; today, he’s just 8-for-15 passing for 91 yards.
On Louisville’s lone scoring drive of the game, the Cardinals ran the ball nine of the 11 plays.
While the score’s 10-3 at the half in favor of the Cardinals, it could’ve been closer. Following the UofL scoring drive, the Wildcats drove down inside the 15-yard line before a fumble with less than :50 remaining handed the ball back to the Cardinals.
Simply put, and as far as the race for the BCS is concerned, Louisville cannot afford a second half like the first one. Especially given the soft schedule the Cardinals have ahead of them.