Terrible. Horrible. Pathetic. ________________ (Insert your own description) After a gutsy performance against TCU, the Cards looked uninterested in Memphis and got blasted. They failed to show up for the remainder of the game after they scored the game's first TD. The running game was dismal, just like it was last year under the Smith regime, gaining only 57 yards. The entire offensive unit, appeared to just be going through the motions. This group now has the dubious distinction of scoring the lowest number of points by a Louisville team in PJCS's six-year history.
Eric Shelton's absence was a glaring absence in the offense. UofL managed only 216 total yards, by far this season's lowest total. Kolby Smith and Michael Bush, who usually provide a spark off the bench were bogged down under the Tigers' defense and could get nothing done. Stefan LeFors' 13 of 31 was his least accurate outing to date. He threw his 6th interception of the year when his third straight tipped pass was corralled by a UM defender who took it the distance for 6. Since the Cardinal signal caller completed only 13 passes, the receivers didn't have much of an opportunity to make plays. That completion amount could have easily increased if the receivers were focused and not dropping easy catches.
Terrible. Horrible. Pathetic. ___________ (Insert your own description) Was this the same defense that competed with TCU a week and a half ago? Many fans didn't show up to this game and neither did the defense. Like their offensive counterparts, they showed absolutely no intensity and got manhandled. UM's back field did anything they wanted, when they wanted. The tackling was non-existent, as was the D-Line pressure.
UofL's collective effort on both sides of the ball made for the second biggest blowout in PJCS. The first being a 34 point margin when Central Kentucky College of Lexington beat the Cards in the first game at the new stadium. Petrino and staff will have to buckle down and get their kids focus back.
UofL blocked a first quarter punt and Robert Haskins had a nice return, but that was about it. Brent Moody was off on several of his punts and has seen his average dwindle down as the season progresses. Broderick Clark didn't hit the holes very hard and has yet to break one. Against UM, he had several returns with minimal gains.
UP NEXT The Houston Cougars will roar into PJCS as the Cards close out the home season. With the lackluster effort against UM, this game will be more important in regards to the entire season. Coach Petrino will have to find a way to get the team back on track. To combat this nasty loss, he needs to come up with a new goal or incentive since 2 of the 3 season goals won't be reached. John L. couldn't get wake up last year's squad when they lost to teams the shouldn't have, now it's Petrino's turn. Depending on how UofL plays Saturday, this UH game will show if he can light a new fire under his team and stop this two game skid.