Let’s be honest: none of us thought the Cats were that good headed into yesterday’s game. But that was just bad. Really bad. So bad the KSR crew may have to retreat to the bunker under our compound for at least a week. What went wrong?
– The truly offensive offensive line.
What happened to this awesome, experienced, SEC-ready offensive line we heard so much about in the preseason? Maybe we should ask Morgan Newton, who was sacked six times last night. Yes, the unit has suffered some injuries during camp and the first three games, but there is no excuse for their performance this season. Morgan Newton barely had time to think, and the running game? Forget about it. At times, it looked as though the linemen were lost; Louisville’s defenders broke through more times than Ricardo Ledo on a Providence recruiting visit. It’s just going to get worse…Florida will eat our offensive line for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a sensible dessert.
– Abysmal play calling
Why in the world would you run it on 3rd and long if your running game hasn’t worked all night?? Screens and draws do not an exciting offense make. You know it’s bad when even the awful ESPNU announcers are calling your offense boring. Who is to blame here: Randy Sanders or Joker Phillips? Say what you will about Charlie Strong (and we definitely did), but he outcoached Joker from start to finish last night.
– What running game?
So much for Josh Clemons having a breakout game. After a promising performance last week and a seemingly fast start, Clemons was a non-factor, carrying 12 times for 28 yards. CoShick Williams didn’t do much better, with 29 yards on six carries. Yes, the terrible performance from the offensive line is partly to blame, and it’s not as though the coaches gave them many opportunities with their terrible play calling, but man, I miss Raymond Sanders.
– The defense got pushed around
I would not like to be a member of the UK defense this week. Rick Minter will absolutely crush his players during practice, as well he should. The unit that looked so good earlier this season got pushed around by a Louisville offense forced to adapt to the injury of Will Stein. For the bizillionth season in a row, Kentucky has no rush defense. We straight up can’t handle a running QB. Thank god Danny Trevathan wasn’t seriously hurt or we would be in even more trouble heading into the SEC schedule.
– Playing not to lose
I think what worried me the most last night was the overwhelming feeling of doom that settled over Commonwealth Stadium. Sure, they were the underdogs, but after the Cats settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown on the opening drive, the Cards had the momentum and they kept it for the rest of the game. Despite inspired play from Morgan Newton, who may as well have had his arms tied together, the Cats had no energy. Yes, the 4th quarter drive may have made the score look better on paper, but nothing can soothe the pain of losing to the Cards the way Kentucky did. A lot was made of Charlie Strong’s self-depricating coach speak earlier this week. Well, I hate to say it, but it did the trick. Louisville was more aggressive and physical throughout the game; simply put, they wanted it more.
– Man, I miss this guy:
With Florida coming into town on Saturday, where do we go from here?