UofL racked up 619 total yards of offense, fourth highest in school history and the most since the Cards whacked the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in 1998. Stefan LeFors threw for 406 yards, by far the most in his short but successful career as the starting QB. A plethora of Cardinals caught the ball all day long, including little used Victor Glenn and Tiger Jones. True Freshman Kolby Smith ran the ball like a seasoned vet, slicing through the Black Knight defense with surprising quickness.
UofL once again had a balanced attack, 411 yards through the air and 208 on the ground. Eric Shelton hit the holes like he did against Kentucky and Syracuse and scored 3 TDs. Michael Bush continued his rapid improvement in his first year-running, catching and throwing the ball, making him a true triple threat athlete. His 32 yard TD run marked his first touchdown running the ball. Through six games, Bush has now scored by running, receiving and passing. Petrino called the halfback pass once more this season and Bush was again victimized by a receiver's drop with Tiger Jones nearly making a spectacular out-stretched catch in the back of the end zone.
Another freshman who caught everyone's attention was Kolby Smith. The product from Tallahassee had several impressive runs in the 4th quarter, with the last one nearly being a score. He looks even faster than Lionel Gates when he picks his spot through the O-Line and has good speed going downfield. Granted his runs came against Army, but if he can continue to develop he will add solid depth to an already talented stable of running backs.
Aside from his first quarter interception, LeFors looked steady and poised. He continued to use his talent of feeling pressure and used it to escape the grasp of the Army D-Line to complete 406 yards of passing to several receivers. JR Russell and Joshua Tinch did their part to show why they are the top two receivers on the team. The Cards have been excellent at involving numerous players on offense this year. That game experience will be valuable as the season goes on and can only help if someone goes down. The only disappointment is that you would think if you piled up over 600 yards of offense, you could have more than 34 points to show for it.
Like last week, the defense came up with 3 INTs against the Black Knights. They also didn't allow a touchdown the entire game. While Army isn't the toughest competition out there, UofL's defense turned in their stingiest outing to date-giving up only 3 points. If LeFors doesn't throw that interception, Army's point total very likely would have stayed at 3.
The Cards got solid play from their linebackers, with Robert McCune and Rod Day making stops all day long. The defensive front got good penetration, but many times hustled by the Army Quarterbacks when trying to get the sack. The blitzing defense helped the secondary grab two of the three INTs. The D-Line batted a ball up in the air for Hammer to grab. The other pick-offs came when the rushed Army QBs overthrew their receivers due the defensive front's pressure.
When Tulane comes to town this week, the defense will have to apply the same kind of pressure on the Green Wave. Their balanced attack of Losman in the air and Moore on the ground can give teams problems.
The special teams' play was on par with what has been the norm this season-connecting on field goals, having good punt coverage but allowing the opponent decent field position due to poor kick-off coverage.
Robert Haskins had a vintage Damien Dorsey-like punt return in the second half bouncing around, alluding tackles but when on the verge of breaking it open, fumbled to give Army possession. Once he gets his fumbling corrected, look for big things from this small guy.
The punting wasn't real spectacular with Brent Moody having his first shank, but it was good enough when you are playing Army. Nevertheless, his ability to get the punts off quickly will help the Cards avoid getting one blocked.
The Tulane Green Wave (3-3) will ride in to PJCS for a Friday night primetime showdown. Their offensive firepower has won them games while their defense has done everything they can to lose. This should be a fun one to watch as both teams should combine for over 60 points. This also starts the second and tougher half of the season. The Cards' first six opponents have combined to establish a record of 11-24, with South Florida and Syracuse respectively having the only winning records of 3-2. UofL's last six have combined to post a 20-16 mark, bolstered by TCU (6-0) and a surprising Houston (5-1) team.