The good, the bad and the ugly...

InsideTheVille.com breaks down Louisville's season-opening 27-2 loss to rival Kentucky.

Good
*For starters, Louisville's defense. After a disappointing effort in '07, the Louisville defense clearly has made major strides under Ron English. English's troops limited to Kentucky to just 210 yards and 4-of-16 on third down attempts.

*UofL's new linebackers played well and made a bunch of tackles. Chris Campa, Jon Dempsey, Dexter Heyman and Antwon Canady give Louisville something to build around the rest of the season on defense.

*Johnny Patrick had a solid game at corner and looks to be establishing himself as a rising star in the secondary.


Steve Kragthorpe fell to 0-2
against rival Kentucky.

*Doug Beaumont and Josh Chichester showed flashes of becoming capable playmakers in the passing game in the future. Beaumont made his first career start and led UofL with 9 receptions for 77 yards.

Bad
*Hunter Cantwell. Cantwell struggled all afternoon to connect with his receivers. He under threw several open receivers, had a few passes tipped at the line, threw a couple picks and failed to get the Cardinals offense into the end zone.

*Louisville's running game. Where was it? Bilal Powell and Brock Bolen got just six carries each. Powell had just 16 yards rushing against Kentucky.

*The kicking game. Chris Philpott's first field goal attempt made Louisville fans understand just how special Art Carmody was during the last four seasons.

Ugly
*Louisville's offense. The Cardinals have gone from one of the nation's top offenses to one of the worst in a very short span of time. Bobby Petrino-type offensive fireworks are now a distant memory and Louisville lacks big-time playmakers on 'O.

*The heat on Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe from disgruntled Cardinal fans is going to get ugly quickly this season after a second straight loss to the Wildcats. Cards fans weren't happy after a 6-6 record in 2007. This loss to Kentucky won't help endear the second-year UofL coach to the diehards.

*Louisville's five turnovers - three of which led to all of Kentucky's touchdowns. The Cardinals killed themselves - and handed the game to the Wildcats - with turnovers.

*Kentucky now owns the Governor's Cup series having won the past two games, including holding Louisville to just 2 points at home on Sunday - the fewest points the Cardinals have ever scored at PJCS since it opened in 1998.

*Several top high school prospects, including David Oku, Thad McHaney, Kyle Koehne, Ridge Wilson and Deuce Finch were on hand to watch Kentucky's win over Louisville for the second consecutive season.


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