LEXINGTON, Ky. --- This story marks the debut of a new weekly feature we'll have called "Coach's Corner." They will include observations from the UK coaching staff --- primarily the offensive and defensive coordinator --- after review film from the preivous game. This piece features the thoughts of DC John Goodner:
BBD: What were your overall feelings after reviewing film of the Lousiville game?
"My overall thoughts after watching the film was our effort was good. I thought we played hard. There were six or seven plays --- the second play of the game being one of them (an 82-yard touchdown pass from Louisville's Dave Ragone to Zek Parker against the single coverage of UK cornerback Jeremy Bowie) , that if we make half of them, I think it gives us a chance to win the ballgame.
"We worked on that post all week in practice. J.B. just let him get inside of him a little bit, and the kid made a great play, and the quarterback made a great throw. Normally, I've been in situations where you give up a big one early in the game and it devastates you the entire game. But we told them on the sidelines to forget about it, it's over. It happens every Sunday to the best guys in the world. But I thought we came back for two or three quarters aggressive. We were a little soft at times, and we've got to tighten that up, but overall we did a decent job, even though we gave up a ton of yards passing, I know that.... But let me tell you this, Louisville's got a damn good football team. They had a great plan for us, had everything well thought out, and executed. My hat's off to John L. and his kids.
"But at the same time, we could have made more plays... The drive that went from 16-10 to 22-10 (Louisville's lead), gosh, there were two plays, maybe three, that I can recall. If we make any of them, we're probably going to stop them. And we just don't. We miss a guy on the scramble, a tackle in the backfield, a tackle on a three-step drop that would have put it third-and-12. We just didn't get those things done, and for us to be successful, we've got to do that."
"Another one, Anthony (Wajda) has got to catch that ball when he's got a chance on the interception. Stuff like that."
BBD: Which players did the film confirm played a really good defensive game?
"I thought we had about a half a dozen guys that played real good football. Chris Demaree played every play, every snap. Patrick Wiggins, I think, played every snap. That's something else."
"Dewayne Robertson had a good ballgame, made several plays."
"We had some guys who played really well, and some other guys who played hard, and played with great effort, but just have to make some plays when their number's called. A lot of times I've got to get them in a better position to make a play, too."
BBD: How'd you feel about your linebacker play, given the key losses at that position?
"I thought Chris Gayton, for going from a strong safety just a week ago to an inside linebacker with about three days of practice under his belt, did a fine job. And I thought Ronnie Riley did a real good job of getting us in the right things, making the right calls, and making some plays. We're going to miss him.
"Dustin (Williams) came in late and got put in a really tough situation, but he's going to be a good player."
THE TEAM NUMBERS:
n Louisville Rushing: 35-118 (3.4 per carry)
n Louisville Passing: 21-34-368, 3 TD, 0 INT (62% completion rate)
n Sacks: 3 (Dennis Johnson 1, Patrick Wiggins 1, Otis Grigsby 1/2, Chris Gayton 1/2)
n Turnovers Forced: 1 Fumble (Patrick Wiggins force, David Johnson recovery)
n DT Dewayne Robertson: 10 tackles, 6 solo, 1 1/2 TFLs, 1 QBH
n LB Ronnie Riley: 10 tackles, 7 solo, 1 TFL
n LB Chris Gayton: 9 tackles, 1/2 TFL, 1/2 sack
n DE Dennis Johnson: 7 tackles, 1 1/2 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 pass PBU, 3 QBH
n DE Chris Demaree: 7 tackles, 1 QBH