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Louisville overcomes slow offensive start for comfortable halftime lead

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Louisville still has a chance to win an automatic BCS berth out of the American, but they will need some help from around the conference this month to make it happen. The Cardinals also need to beat Connecticut tonight t keep that thought alive. That, of course, was not something Louisville was able to do last season, losing to the Huskies in triple overtime. Tonight in Storrs, the Cardinals took a while to get going but are starting to take control of the game. Louisville leads UConn 21-3 at halftime.

Connecticut took the game’s opening drive just in to the red zone but Martin Hyppolite lost a fumble to kill an early opportunity of the home team. Louisville’s defense again held firm to force a punt on UConn’s next offensive possession and the special teams heroics kicked in for the first score of the game. A bad snap on a punt was knocked away by a pair of Louisville players and Charles Gaines picked it up for a quick seven-yard return for a touchdown and the early lead.

From there, Teddy Bridgewater and the offense woke up a little bit. Bridgewater tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker and Senorise Perry rushed five yards for another in the second quarter to build a 21-3 lead. Bridgewater has completed nine of 14 pass attempts for 144 yards.

Can Kentucky gain running advantage vs Louisville?

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Sports information directors from around the country are constantly flooding my inbox. Game notes and press releases are constantly coming in to my inbox every day and I try to at least skim through each as they come in or when I have a chance to catch up. This evening I received one from Louisville and came across an interesting little stat about the series between Louisville and Kentucky.

According to Louisville’s records, the team winning the rushing battle has won each of the last 18 meetings between the bitter in-state rivals. This led me to quickly check the rushing numbers after two games and wouldn’t you know that Kentucky has been more productive on the ground out of the gates? Of course, Louisville also has a Heisman Trophy contender throwing passes for them, so perhaps this rushing stat is not quite as relevant this weekend.

Louisville has run the football 68 times for a total of 277 yards (averaging 4.07 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns. They did this against Ohio and Eastern Kentucky, far from top-level competition. Though only accounting for a small sample size, Louisville ranks 83rd in rushing offense. Again, having Teddy Bridgewater playing quarterback helps overcome any perceived lack of a running game. Louisville ranks fifth in the nation in passing offense. Louisville added former Auburn running back Michael Dyer to their roster this season but is listed third on the depth chart this week. Louisville’s running game is instead led by Senorise Perry and junior Dominique Brown.

Meanwhile, Kentucky has rushed for more than 200 yards in each of their first two games, against Western Kentucky and Miami Ohio. Kentucky has rushed 71 times for 478 yards (averaging 6.73 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns. Kentucky ranks 32nd in run offense, again using a small sample size of just two games.

Can Kentucky find a way to get the ground game moving once again? Louisville held Kentucky to just 93 yards on the ground last year while rushing for over 200 yards on offense. Kentucky’s running game is spearheaded by senior Raymond Sanders and junior fullback Jalen Whitlow and adds some young blood with freshman Jojo Kemp. The Wildcats are looking to get back to playing competitive football, and there will be no better opportunity to make a statement than by utilizing a strength in the running game to their advantage if possible against Louisville.

If there is one stat you are keeping track of in this weekend’s game, perhaps that will be it.

Bridgewater, Louisville hardly breaking a sweat

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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is having another fine afternoon tossing around the football. The Heisman hopeful has tossed two touchdowns and 206 yards as Louisville is having no problems with FCS Eastern Kentucky. The Cardinals have a 27-0 edge at halftime in Louisville.

Both of Bridgewater’s touchdown passes have come from inside the red zone, with one pass to Damian Copeland  and another to DeVante Parker in he first quarter. The Cardinals have not gotten much out of the running game in the first half, with Senorise Perry leading the team with just 29 rushing yards at the half. Perry also has a touchdown run.

Louisville’s defense has also come up with a pair of turnovers as well while holding Eastern Kentucky to just 76 yards of offense, making the first half a total team effort.

Carey, Yeldon among 63 RBs on Doak Walker Award preseason watch list

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Oh, you know. Just another preseason watch list coming your way.

The Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding running back, released its preseason watch list on Friday with 63 candidates. Among those to be included were Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who was the nation’s leading rusher in 2012, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon.

The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. Last year’s winner was Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Michael Alisa, BYU
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Dri Archer, Kent State
Brendan Bigelow, California
Beau Blankenship, Ohio
Alfred Blue, LSU
Dominique Brown, Louisville
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
B.J. Catalon, TCU
Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
Trayion Durham, Kent State
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
David Fluellen, Toledo
D.J. Foster, Arizona State
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Marion Grice, Arizona State
Todd Gurley, Georgia
Joe Hill, Utah State
John Hubert, Kansas State
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Waymon James, TCU
Duke Johnson, Miami
Storm Johnson, UCF
Matt Jones, Florida
Henry Josey, Missouri
Ben Malena, Texas A&M
Raymond Maples, Army
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Keith Marshall, Georgia
Glasco Martin, Baylor
Tre Mason, Auburn
Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
Adam Muema, San Diego State
David Oku, Arkansas State
Branden Oliver, Buffalo
Jordan Parker, Middle Tennessee
LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Senorise Perry, Louisville
Christian Powell, Colorado
Darrin Reaves, UAB
Silas Redd, USC
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
David Sims, Georgia Tech
James Sims, Kansas
Kiero Small, Arkansas
Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State
Jerome Smith, Syracuse
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan
Trey Watts, Tulsa
Mark Weisman, Iowa
James White, Iowa State
James White, Wisconsin
Andre Williams, Boston College
Damien Williams, Oklahoma
Jamaal Williams, BYU
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
Storm Woods, Oregon State
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Zach Zwinak, Penn State