– A game that started with hope, quickly turned sour with a Louisville 99 yard drive for a touchdown. One of the biggest plays of the game occurred on a 3rd and 9 with the ball on the 2, when Bridgewater threw a 23 yard pass that only Damian Copeland could catch. After the 3rd down conversion, Louisville’s offensive line simply dominated UK’s defensive line. What was supposed to be a strength, proved to be a weakness which turned the defense into mush.
– How do you put a bad defense into a deeper hole? Turn the ball over. It’s hard to win a game when you give the other team the ball, especially when you do it twice inside the 30 yard line. Raymond Sanders fumbled the ball on the 22 while UK was attempting to cut away at a 15 point deficit. CoShik’s fumble on the U of L 3 may have been worse, leaving the Cats hopeless while trying to come back in the 4th.
– Win or lose, you have to admire the guts of Joker Phillips when it came to calling plays. Max Smith threw down the field twice in the 1st drive (probably more than Max threw at all last year. He also came out in the 2nd half and recovered an onside kick, playing very un-Joker-like. His only dumb gutsy call- running the punter inside Uof L’s 20 on a 4th and 14.
– The best news of the day: the offense can throw and catch now. The coaches talked all offseason about the improvements at WR and it showed. Daryl Collins finished his 1st game at UK catching 7 passes for 64 yards. SR Aaron Boyd caught 3 passes for 36 yards (2 more catches than he had last year) and La’Rod King was typical La’Rod with 8 catches, a Touchdown, and 77 yards. The no huddle offense seemed to put the team in a good rhythm while remaining effective, but they came up empty handed too often to keep it close.
– You know it’s a bad day when Auto McIntosh misses a Field Goal. It was a 42 yarder, but we call him “Auto McIntosh” for a reason. Special Teams as a whole did well, with good returns in both kickoff and punts and an onside kick recovery.
– When it is all said and done, it’s hard to talk about anything but the poor performance of the defense. I haven’t seen guys tackle this bad since Hal Mumme was coaching, but we at least scored 40+ points to keep the game close. The DLine was dominated throughout, and we didn’t see anything special from Avery Williamson or Bud Dupree. Teddy got way too much time to throw the ball, and trucks could have driven through the holes the Offensive Line was making. Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan’s absence made a bigger impact than most thought, and without IMMEDIATE improvement, it will be a long season in the SEC.