Watson says offensive struggles an 'easy fix'

University of Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson met with the media on Tuesday night and said some of the mistakes the offense made in a 27-13 win over Kentucky were "embarrassing." Cardinal Authority was there and has this story:

The University of Louisville football team put up 492 yards of offense and averaged 7.1 yards a play in a 27-13 win over Kentucky last weekend.

But like many of the fans and players, U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson wasn't pleased with the performance by the Cardinals.

Watson said at times the offense wasn't sharp and called some of the errors that were being made "embarrassing." The game was tied at 3-3 after one quarter as the Cardinals didn't get a first down until late in the quarter.

U of L ended up with 242 yards of rushing, while junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 16-for-28 passing for 250 yards and one touchdown.

"We had some miscues in our passing game with the receivers," Watson said. "The receivers ran the wrong routes, the wrong depths. That is the first time that's happened in two years and probably some of that is due to guys not listening in the huddle. Every play begins by listening.

"Everybody thought Teddy was having a bad day. Well, not really. Some of the receivers were running the wrong routes."

Watson said he's spending a lot of time with the offense going over the smaller details this week, making sure those little mistakes are a thing of the past. The Cardinals will host Florida International on Saturday at noon.

"We are looking at bringing our game back to detail this week," he said, noting some of the mistakes could have been due to playing on the road for the first time and against a rival. "I think we kind of lost our poise. It's an easy fix. We got their attention at halftime and we got their attention now after watching films.

"But just seeing those errors, they're embarrassing because they are things that we do in our sleep."

Watson said he was proud of the way Bridgewater hung in there throughout the game, not letting any of the errors get into his mind.

"Teddy kept his poise and he kept battling," Watson said. "He knew everybody would fix it. He has a lot of faith and trust."

Watson said the plan was to use a pair of backs but it ended up with all three getting 11 or more carries. Senorise Perry led the way with 11 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Michael Dyer had 11 carries for 62 yards and Dominique Brown added 12 carries for 45 yards.

"It just worked out that way," Watson said. "Dom came in and really earned his time in the second quarter. The bottom line is if you want playing time, then you better play well. Kenny (Carter) ended up rolling all three of them out there."

Watson said moving forward the staff will continue to evaluate all three backs, noting Brown is likely the third-down and short-yardage back.

"(Brown) went into that game as our third-down back," Watson said. "He had that really good series in the second quarter and garnered more time because he ran so hard and so physical."

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