Report Card: Governors Cup review.
The Louisville Cardinals came away with an unimpressive 27-13 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in their anual rivalry game for the Governors Cup trophy. This extends their win streak to 3 games over the Cats.
UK strength, their DL, went up against U of Ls weakness, their OL, and slowed down the Cards high powered offense and kept them to just 10 first half points (10-3 @ half). The Cards found it difficult to find their rythem and to run the ball in the first half but made adjustments during halftime and came out looking sharp to start the 3 qtr. They scored on 3 straight possesions on drives over 80 yards.
Teddy Bridgewater looked deep often but his usual accuracy wasnt there. He still passed for 250 yards which put him over a 1000 on the season. He finished 16/28 with 1 TD and 0 int.
Dyer got the start in the backfield but found it tough going against the Cats DL. Cards fan and coaches have been waiting for him to shake off the rust and become the elite back he was at Auburn and the wait continues.
Perry was the star in the backfield becoming the Cards first 100 yard rusher of the season. Look for him to hold onto the #1 spot after his performance, 11 carries for 100 yards and 2 TDs. Dyer had 11 carries for 62 yards. Brown got the running game going late in the first half and finished with 12 carries for 45 yards.
Parker made up for an early fumble by catching the Cards only TD pass, he finished with 4 rec for 50 yards and 1 TD. Copeland had 3 rec for 81 yards.
The Cards finished with 492 yards total (250 passing/ 242 rushing) compared to the Cats 376 total yards (214 passing/ 162 rushing). The Cards defense shined on third downs in holding the Cats to 0-13. DB Gaines picked off a TD pass at the one yard line as they shut down a Cats offense that put up over 600 yards in their last game.
All in all a good performance from the Cards in their first road game of the season. Maybe it lacked the bang the Cards may need if they are in the national title conversation at the end of the year but a win is a win and more important. CFU helped the Cards out here by beating Penn State. U of L will need more help from their conference and the rest of the country. The Cards get a passing grade here of a B.
The perenial powerhouse of FIU is next for the Cards.
In basketball news, the Cards lose another commit for the 2014 class. Lyles has decided to look around, Kansas appears to be his top choice. This is two of their best prospects deciding to look around, with Snider now commited to Illinoise. The Cards will look for another PG to replace Lyles and Snider. I have to give the Cards a C+ plus now for thier 2014 basketball recruiting, down from an A+.