Louisville trudges past Temple

Some opponents are hard to get up for, like a winless Temple.

The fear of losing, the emotion, the need for a challenge, they’re just not there. Fans feel it, coaches know it and many of the players appear to be just going through the motions.

Wide receivers getting confused on routes, dropping passes in their fingers. Offensive linemen resorting  to holding, failing to protect the kicker, denying the defense what should have been a second straight shutout.

Forgive us, then, if we’re not exactly in a celebratory mood following a 30-7 win for the University of Louisville football team, which remains undefeated after five games. A shot at a national championship game just became even more problematical. UofL is likely to slip a notch or two in next week’s polls.

Alas, DaVante Parker failed to score for the first time in 11 games. Even worse, he may have incurred a shoulder injury, possibly making him questionable for the game against Rutgers next Thursday.

Damian Copeland with only reception? Was someone hiding something?

  • Teddy Bridgewater unfazed by any of the above, completing 25 of 35 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Ten different receivers in on the action.
  • Dominique Brown overpowering the defense, racking up 178 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, catching a couple of passes for 18 more yards.
  • Terrell Floyd with five tackles and an interception. Preston Brown and Marcus Smith with five and four tackles, respectively. Lorenzo Mauldin with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, good for minus 23 yards.

With Rutgers coming to town, there are obviously some serious issues that Coach Charlie Strong needs to address over the next five days. Getting his team excited about playing Rutgers won’t be one of them.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “Louisville trudges past Temple”

  1. I think the team is getting tired of playing against sub-standard competition. Yes, the past several teams should have NEVER been on our schedule. Squishy, limpid, ad hoc offense and defense (the other teams) is not a training ground for who and what UL has become. As much as I admire TJ, he let this happen. UL could have pulled a Pitt or Syracuse and bought themselves out of the Awful Athletic Conference.

    I just sorry to see the Cards having to play against high-school level competition (insult intended). Won’t make them any better and the team doesn’t ever feel like it performed up to expectations. Unless it’s a 70 point win. We’re just setting ourselves up for a loss to lessor team. And national media ridicule.

    Can’t wait for next year. I hope Teddy’s mom was truthful when she said (in 2011) that her dream was for TB to get a college degree. If so, maybe we get TB for another year.

    OK, rant is over feel free to dissect and criticize, my wife’s already been there and done that. Let’s see if you’re any smarter, better, or cuter that she is. Never mind the cute part.

    JustCards

    A heartfelt honest opinion.

  2. Thanks for the rant, justcards. One has to admit the scheduling situation was a little difficult and Tom didn’t want to give away the store to traditional powers. He had a long term goal for respect for the program, which brought with it what we are seeing on the schedule this season. Still ranked 8th this week in spite of the level of competition, which is going to improve starting Thursday evening.

  3. OK Charlie,

    Your logic is the same one my wife used. I hate it when I’m outnumbered by both smart(my wife and you) and cute (my wife) people who can actually express themselves (pun intended). Always fun to banter and more fun when people are willing to without ad hominem attacks.

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