Once again the University of Louisville Football team had a chance to win at the end of a game. For the 2nd time in the 2014 season, the Cards fell in heartbreaking fashion.
Louisville’s defense has played outstanding throughout the season and has given the Cards a chance to win each game. Unfortunately the offense hasn’t played as well and has put UofL in a position to lose with one mistake…..which has happened now twice.
Last week we talked about Louisville Football matching its play to its Defensive Personality. We discussed turnovers, eliminating penalties, winning special teams, allowing the defense to create scoring opportunities, and running hard through the hole. Louisville’s offense won’t (at this time) reliably drive the distance of the field to score. So the Cards MUST limit scoring opportunities for its opponent.
Let’s take a look at Louisville’s 18 scores allowed this season.
As you can see in 6 FBS Games this season the Cards have allowed just 6 Touchdowns…..just 3 of those Touchdowns were allowed by the defense……and only 1 of those TDs was a drive longer than 38 yards. THAT IS CRAZY DEFENSE and it is unbelievable that any team playing this well defensively could lose a game with the caliber of an offensive head coach like Bobby Petrino.
In order to win games moving forward, its simple, make teams drive the ball the length of the field. Stop turning the ball over. Versus Clemson the Punt Return for a TD & the Reggie Bonnafon sack fumble for a TD were the mistakes that the Louisville Offense couldn’t afford to come back from. The Defense got this team an opportunity to win, but the offense put the team in a position where one mistake could cost the Cards the game.
|Scoring Summary vs. UofL 2014|
|Game||Type||Yards Gained||Field Position Started||Ball Obtained|
|Miami||FG||1||Louisville 8||Gardner Fumble|
|Virginia||Touchdown||15||Louisville 15||Gardner INT|
|Virginia||FG||20||Louisville 38||Gardner INT|
|Virginia||FG||0||Louisville 25||Quick Fumble|
|Wake Forest||FG||26||Wake 49||Bonnafon Fumble|
|Wake Forest||Touchdown||0||–||Bonnafon Fumble|
|Syracuse||FG||41||Louisville 42||Bonnafon INT|
|Clemson||Touchdown||0||–||Punt Return TD|