Some morning-after notes from Sunday’s game:
– You could say that every down was a problem for the Kentucky defense, but third down was a particular problem. Everyone points to Louisville’s first drive, backed up on its own one-yard line, when on third-and-nine from the two, Teddy Bridgewater fired a perfect strike to wide out Damian Copeland, who made a 23-yard catch despite blanket coverage from UK’s Martavius Neloms. That got the Cards rolling.
But Bridgewater was four-of-four for 77 yards through the air on third down alone. Little wonder he ended up completing 90.4 percent of his passes, a school record.
– For the first time since 2010, Louisville had a pair of running backs rush for 100 yards. Here’s the thing, the Cardinals top returning back didn’t even play. Dominique Brown remained on the sidelines because of a tender knee.
– Remember, the Kentucky defense gave up a 98-yard touchdown drive in the second scrimmage of the fall. Sunday, in real-live game action, the defense allowed a 99-yard touchdown drive.
– Reportedly, freshman running back Dyshawn Mobley tweeted after the game he was upset he didn’t get more touches. Got no problem with that. You can argue the rookie should not have made his views public, but I want someone who wants the football.
– It was the first time since 2007 that Louisville scored on its opening possession of a season.
– Kentucky did outgain Louisville 208-152 in the second half, but remember that Bridgewater was pulled in the third quarter and did not return.