Liveblog: Kentucky-Louisville football

Welcome to today’s liveblog/open thread for today’s Kentucky-Louisville game. You can send me questions on twitter at @johnclayiv. Or you can leave comments and questions on this post. We’ll be updating this throughout the game.

FINAL – Louisville 32, Kentucky 14. Be sure and check the blog later for video, analysis, notes, etc. Louisville did end up outgaining UK 466-373. Maxwell Smith was 35-of-50 for 280 yards and two scores. Bridgewater was 19-of-21 for 232 yards. Louisville gained 219 yards on ground. Kentucky gained 93.

4Q-1:24 – Kentucky turns it over on downs. Bright spot for the Cats has been the offense, which did move the ball but was hurt by fumbles and a missed field goal. Cats have 373 yards of total offense.

4Q-3:03 – Louisville goes nowhere again with Will Stein as quarterback and Kentucky takes over at own 21-yard line. Total yards are now 472-355 in favor of Louisville. Smith is 32-of-45 for 262 yards.

4Q-7:41 – Kentucky drives inside Louisville 20-yard line again but can’t score. Stopped on downs. Louisville has gone nowhere with Will Stein at quarterback. My friend @rickbozich tweeted that right now the only person able to stop the Louisville offense is Charlie Strong.

4Q-11:44 – Kentucky puts together to get a first-and-goal, but CoShik Williams fumbles inside Louisville five-yard line. U of L recovers. A score there would have made things a little more interesting. Kentucky has lost two fumbles. Louisville has not committed a turnover.

End of 3Q — Just announced a new Papa John’s attendance record of 55,386.

End of 3Q – Louisville leads Kentucky 32-14. Cards have outgained Cats 438-263. Louisville averaging 7.4 yards per play. Kentucky averaging 5.2. Bridgewater was 19-of-21 for 232 yards before Will Stein came in at quarterback on U of L’s last series.

3Q-2:43 – Kentucky marches down field and scores on a five-yard touchdown pass from Maxwell Smith to LaRod King on a well-designed play, but Smith comes off the field holding either his elbow or his arm. He’s 24-of-36 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. King has six catches for 54 yards. Louisville up 32-14.

3Q-4:37 – Kentucky tries a fake punt which fails when Landon Foster is tackled for two-yard loss. Louisville then drives 38 yards in six plays with Wright scoring from a yard out. Louisville extends lead to 32-7.

3Q-8:19 – Louisvilled drives again, though Kentucky does force the Cards to a settle for a 22-yard field goal. Louisville has now gained 385 yards on 47 plays for 8.2 yards per play. Bridgewater had completed 11 conseuctive passes before finally throwing an interception. He’s now 17-of-19 for 225 yards. Louisville leads 25-7.

3Q-12:38 – Kentucky recovers on-side kick to start second half, drives down field, gets a good call on a both review of what had been ruled a Maxx Smith fumble (it was incomplete pass, arm came forward), then Craig McIntosh misses a 42-yard field goal. Ball went wide right. McIntosh was three-of-four from that distance a year ago.


Analysis – Remember on media day, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said the defense would be the strength of his team. As Vince Lombardi used to say, “You call yourselves a defense? Doesn’t look like it to me. Grab, grab, grab. Nobody’s tackling out there. Everybody’s grabbing.”

Kentucky gave up 8.5 yards per play the first half. Louisville has a potent offense with good skill players. Kentucky did lose Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy, Jr. from last year, but the Cats were expected to be just a bit more stout than this. Louisville is averaging nearly six yards per rush. And the team that runs the ball the best has been known to win the games in this series.

Kentucky’s offense has shown encouraging signs the first half. Maxwell Smith is 15-of-21 for 103 yards. That’s not quite five yards a throw, however. The number you’re looking for there is seven yards an attempt. CoShik Williams ran well but was shaken up in the second quarter. Raymond Sanders lost a fumble. Kentucy was six-of-eight on third downs. So there is hope on that side of the ball.

But the other side has to improved drastically in the second half if UK has any shot at a comeback.

5:00 p.m. – Tweet from Dick Vitale: @DickieV: Let’s be serious-how really significant is Louisville – Kentucky in football ? Cats fans r counting the hours to the opening of hoops season

HALFTIME – Louisville leads 22-7. The Cards outgained UK 314-165 in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater was 12-of-13 for 178 yards. UK’s Maxwell Smith was 15 of 21 for 103 yards. Lousville’s Jeremy Wright gained 65 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Louisville averaged 8.5 yards per play.

2Q-3:15 – Kentucky was driving inside Louisville 30-yard line, but Raymond Sanders fumbled the ball away. Louisville takes over.

2Q-4:17 – Louisville now three-for-three. Three possessions. Three touchdowns. Jeremy Wright goes 14 yards for the score. Cards now have 280 yards on three drives. So much for Kentucky defense being the strength of the team. Wright has 64 yards on 13 carries. Senorise Perry has 67 yards on four carries. Bridgewater is 10-of-11 for 139 yards. Louisville leads 22-7.

2Q-10:12 — Kentucky goes three-and-out for first time today.

2Q-11:03 – Louisville’s Senorise Perry bounces off the line — no UK player really had him as Miles Simpson gets caught too far inside — and goes 47 yards for a Cardinals’ touchdown. Two series, two TDs allowed by Kentucky defense. Louisville has gained 177 yards in those two series. Louisville has 109 yards rushing on just 15 carries. The Cards lead 15-7.

2Q-13:42 – Cats answer with nice 14-play, 75-yard drive. Kentucky converted four third downs on the march. Smith hit Tyler Robinson from a yard out for the touchdown. Smith is now 14-of-17 for 96 yards with a score. Louisville leads 8-7.

End of 1Q – End of first quarter, Louisville leads 8-0. Quarter ends with UK at the Louisville 22-yard line. Maxwell Smith was 10-of-13 for 80 yards in the first quarter. CoShik Williams carried three times for eight yards and caught two passes for 16 yards. Kentucky actually outgained Louisville 93-92 in first quarter.

1Q-2:09 – This didn’t take long. Tweet: @4UKBALL: @johnclayiv we need a new coach go and get smart from bama!!!!!!!!

1Q-3:11 – Remember that 98-yard drive the Kentucky defense gave up in second scrimmage of fall camp? It starts season by allowing a 99-yard touchdown drive by Louisville. Cards converted a fourth-and-two at the UK 6. Jeremy Wright scored the TD from a yard out. Louisville then threw for 2-point conversion and Cards lead 8-0 with 3:11 left in opening quarter. Wright rushed eight times for 30 yards on the drive. Bridgewater was three-of-three for 43 yards.

1Q-11:32 – Kentucky moved ball to Louisville 40 before punting. Cards tried to field punt, but hit at same time. Ball rolls to one-yard line before recovered by Cards.

3:35 p.m. – Louisville wins the toss and defers. Kentucky gets the ball first.

3:30 p.m. – The Kentucky lockerroom.

3:25 p.m. – If you’re wondering, Carter Blackburn and Rod Gilmore are the broadcast crew today for ESPN.

3:20 p.m. – About 20 minutes to kickoff and there is quite a bit of yellow in the stands.

3:15 p.m. – WDRB’s Eric Crawford reports that there are 15 NFL scouts here, all relegated to the camera deck.

3:10 p.m. – Jared Lorenzen took time out from ripping Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease to tweet this: @JaredLorenzen22: C. A. T. S. Come on guys lets go!!! God I miss playing down there. #BBN3:05 p.m. – Jody Demling tweets: @jdemling: All 50-plus recruits now lined up on the Louisville sidelines as the team warms up. (That would be Louisville recruits.)

3:00 p.m. – Kentucky’s two freshmen quarterbacks are dressed. Don’t expect Patrick Towles to see action. It will be interesting to see if Jalen Whitlow sees time at wildcat. When asked during fall camp, Joker Phillips said that UK does have a wildcat package but declined to say who would be the trigger-man.

2:54 p.m. – From Chris Bailey @kentuckyweather: Tornado Warning for Green, Larue, Marion, Nelson and Taylor Counties until 2:20pmCDT/3:20pmEDT. #kywx

2:50 p.m. – Rain has picked up again here at Papa John’s.

2:43 p.m. – Old friend Chip Cosby just stopped by. He said he didn’t know what would happen today, but he thinks it will be closer than a 14-point game.

2:40 p.m. – Three keys today. (1) Louisville has not started well under Charlie Strong, losing to Kentucky in the 2010 opener, struggling with Murray State last year. (2) Kentucky needs to get something out of its return game. That would help the offense. (3) Run the football. In case you haven’t heard this already, and you probably have, the team that has gained the most rushing yards has won the last 16 games of this rivalry.

2:32 p.m. – Kentucky out for warmups in blue helmets, white jerseys and white pants. Louisville is wearing all red with white helmets.

2:30 p.m. – The rain has kept away the early arrivals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Then again, Jody Demling informs me that the fans never arrive early at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

2:00 p.m. – Have made my way through the rainy parking lot and to the press box. Tailgating has taken a liquid hit today. Most of the tailgaters are in their cars or under their tents. On the radio, at least, the local forecaster says that rain would last probably through the first part of the game, then hopefully taper off. Hopefully. He did say he did not expect any lightning or those sort of delays. Hallejuah.

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