Kelsey aided the U of L defense as the Cardinals put a stranglehold on a fast-paced Murray State offense in a 66-21 win at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The first-team defense only played the first half and in that time they managed to hold the Racers to only seven points and 111 yards of total offense after the game Kelsey explained how the cards prepared facing the FCS opponent.
“Really just do like we did against Miami,” he said. “You can never take advantage of any team. You have to go out there and feel like you’re playing Alabama, the Florida’s, all the teams, never underestimate no team.”
And Saturday night Louisville came with the same fire they brought against Miami Monday night as the defense showed what they are all about.
“It’s just attitude, and not letting them get to the end zone,” he said. “And give our offense opportunities to get the ball back.”
The attitude Kelsey had, showed when he was in the game as he tied for the most tackles for the Cardinals with four. After the game Coach Petrino even had high praises for the way the Louisville defense played.
“They just play extremely fast, they really understand what the game plan is.” Petrino said. “We are fast, but they play fast because they know what they are doing they don’t hesitate. They communicated really well out there that’s what I was really watching to see is how our communication was with this fast speed no huddle offense.”
What made this game particularly interesting is the amount of players that got to play. In the second half it was mostly second team defense and freshman that carried the load for the Cardinals.
“We get to go out there, and do our jobs so we can see what the freshman can do.” Kelsey said. “That’s always exciting I was just a freshman last year, and I know the feeling just go out there and try to make a play.”
The Cardinals will bring the intense attitude of the defense to Virginia next week in their first ACC road game.
“We just got to go out there and handle business,” Kelsey said.