Back to the basics for the Cardinals

The University of Louisville program has done exactly what it had hoped to do through four games - remain undefeated, lead the nation in offense and play a physical style of defense. With no game scheduled for the Cardinals this weekend, U of L Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino explains that it's time to get back to the basics.

When the 8th-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals traveled to Manhattan, Kansas this past weekend to face the previously undefeated K-State Wildcats, it knew it had to continue to overcome obstacles, a possible let-down and a loud crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Obstacle number one was making the adjustment to sophomore quarterback Hunter Cantwell playing behind center for the injured Brian Brohm. Cantwell, who earned MVP honors for his performance in the 2006 Gator Bowl, helped guide the Cardinals to a 24-6 victory, by completing 18 of his 26 pass attempts for 173 yards and a touchdown. However, while the Bobby Petrino offense performed well at times on Saturday afternoon, it also had it's share of miscues, turnovers and questionable decisions.

"I feel good about getting the win in a tough stadium like this, on the road, against a team like Kansas State, against a pretty good defense," Cantwell said following the team's fourth win of the season. "We made some mistakes and we've got to get some things adjusted this week and get better."

Despite the occasional offensive struggles, which included three second half turnovers, the Cardinals still managed an impressive 401 yards of total offense. U of L offensive coordinator Paul Petrino believes that Cantwell needs to use the extra practice time during the team's off week to focus on the mental aspect of the game.

"I think the biggest thing that he has to do is have a better feel for what we're doing when we get up to the line of scrimmage," said Petrino. "I think sometimes he may have been a little confused and thought things out a little too much. He just has to believe in his first decision, go with it and make plays. I think he may have second guessed himself a little too much instead of just going out there and believing in what he was doing."

Chris Vaughn recorded his first catch
as a Cardinal against K-State
Also seeing increased action against K-State was Notre Dame transfer, sophomore Chris Vaughn. Vaughn, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound physical receiver, pulled in first reception as a Cardinal when he hauled in a 12-yard pass from Hunter Cantwell in the third quarter. He added a 15-yard reception later in the same quarter.

"It was good to get Chris Vaughn a couple of catches," said Petrino of the former Connecticut All-State performer. "That was nice to see. He was hurt and missed the first two games and then he played about six snaps against Miami. He played about 24 snaps in this last game and he made two good plays. He got open a couple of other times, so that was good."

With the Cardinals off until their October 6 match up with Middle Tennessee State at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee, Paul Petrino added that even with a 4-0 record and a top ten ranking that it is time to get back to the basics.

"I think the best thing for us right now is that these next two weeks we have to really get back to doing all the little things and really improve."

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