Give Brock Bolen a lot of credit for Louisville's success on the ground against Kansas State. Bolen ran tough between the tackles, carrying 22 times for 103 yards. Bolen helped Louisville control the tempo of the game – and the time of possession.
If Victor Anderson has proven himself Louisville's best running back early this season, Doug Beaumont is certainly the Cardinals go-to wide receiver. In Scott Long's absence, the sure-handed Beaumont has emerged as a reliable playmaker for the Cardinals offense. The sophomore caught 9 passes for 119 yards against Kansas State.
Louisville dominated the time of possession against Kansas State 40:28 to 18:34.
quarterback Josh Freeman.
Junior defensive tackle L.T. Walker returned to action against Kansas State. Walker missed the first two games of the season with an injury.
Senior corner Woodny Turenne continues to make big plays for the Louisville defense. Turenne had two big interceptions of Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman in the first half to help Louisville gain momentum and a 14-7 halftime lead.
Speaking of the defense, Ron English has done a superb job with the Louisville defense. Kansas State was no slouch of an offensive team, putting 114 points on the board in their first two games. Louisville held Kansas State to just 30 rushing yards in the game and forced three turnovers.
While Louisville's defense has shown significant improvement this season, Kansas State's two fourth quarter touchdowns were troubling. The Cardinals simply didn't wrap up and make tackles that they have all season late in the contest, allowing the Wildcats to drive 76 yards in 2 plays and 76 in 8 plays for late touchdowns.
Louisville won the turnover battle 3-0.
Though Josh Freeman got most of the pre-game hype, Hunter Cantwell was the best QB on the field. Cantwell managed the game efficiently, was accurate and didn't make any unforced errors. On the night, Cantwell completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Freeman completed 22 of 42 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
How about Josh Chichester? He's developing into a big-time offensive weapon for the Cardinals and solid No. 2 receiver option. Sure Chichester dropped two sure touchdown passes on the last possession of the first half, but he came up with some big plays for the UofL offense, including the Cards first touchdown of the game. Chichester caught four passes for 55 yards and one touchdown and also recovered a late onside kick.
Louisville's special teams need some work. Freshman kicker Chris Philpott continued to struggle against Kansas State, missing a short field just before halftime wide left and his second extra point attempt on the season. Philpott was replaced in the second half by Tim Dogherty, who made a 36 yard field goal in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals also gave up an 86 yard punt return and still struggle to get yardage on kick returns.
Let's give offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm lots of credit for restoring balance to Louisville's offense. The Cardinals rushed for 304 yards and passed for 274 against Kansas State. Here's a stat for you – Louisville ran the ball 20 more times (53) than they threw (33) it against the Wildcats.