Tag: Louisville football
The University of Louisville Marching Band traveled to Naptown Sunday for a special performance during halftime of the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts football game. Of course, the network cut away from the performance for the talking heads in the studio. Click on the photo for the video.
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Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn, the vision assistance family and soccer stadium builders, contributed 30 B&S Challenger Trumpets to the band on Monday. Their son Mark is assistant director of UofL bands.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced three additional football meetings between the Cardinals and the Irish, in addition to this season’s meeting Nov. 22 at South Bend.
Louisville will host Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2019, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, at Notre Dame in 2020 and in Louisville in 2023. The games are part of an agreement between the Conference and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.
Five years out for the first one here, plenty of time to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Some significant steps forward during a football game in which the University of Louisville appeared to make a 30-18 win over North Carolina State more challenging than the crowd of 50,227 expected.
Just getting DeVante Parker back on the field would have been a plus, but he was back to his old form, confident, smooth and more than capable, pulling in a Will Gardner pass in full stride on the second play from scrimmage, accumuating 37 yards. He would catch eight more passes and account for 132 yards, Just getting a feel for the game again, the touchdowns will come later.
“I thought he played really well,” said Coach Bobby Petrino. “I was really impressed with the way he ran after the catch. I thought he’d get open, I thought he’d catch the ball, but I didn’t expect to see that many yards after the catch.”
Michael Dyer made an impression during practices leading up to the game, playing like he practiced, playing his best game since arriving at UofL a year ago, churning for 173 yards. He also caught a couple of passes for eight yards.The 46-yard touchdown dash with 44 seconds to go a fitting reward for the past week and all those months healing from injuries.
“I always tell our players they earn their playing time on the practice field, and we’ve tried to really live by that. And it’s shown up this year, so we’re just going to keep working on that,” said Petrino.
Will Gardner would finally get some time in the pocket, time to look for receivers, completing 21 of 36 attempts for 203 yards. Not Teddy Bridgewater numbers but Gardner’s still learning. Two touchdown passes, too, including a 13-yarder to Eli Rogers and a three-yarder to Kai DeLa Cruz.
No Louisville fumbles or interceptions, believe it or not. Thankfully an official review erased what appeared to be a Gardner fumble and an ugly North Carolina State return for a touchdown. Didn’t really happen. No turnovers.
No false starts. In fact, the UofL offensive line was responsible for only one violation, a holding penalty and was penalized for only 10 yards out of four penalties for 33 yards. A good day for Jamon Brown, Jake Smith, Tobijah Hughley, and Aaron Epps. Not so great for senior tackle Ryan Mack watching from the sideline.
Signs of improvement against a team that has lost eight straight conference games, but progress nevertheless.
Or as Petrino puts it, “We’re a work in progress.”
An optimistic Bobby Petrino had some good news following the University of Louisville football team’s Thursday practice. DeVante Parker will be available to play against North Carolina State on Saturday.
“I’m knocking on wood here, but he looks like he might be available to go,” he said. “He practiced all three days and he looked good out there tonight, so I’m excited about it. I’ll list him as questionable, but I think he’s ready to go.”
Petrino was also upbeat on improved protection for the signal callers, indicating that the receivers and quarterbacks are getting the timing down. “We’re working hard on the protection part of it. We’re continually working to get better at it. I guess we’ll find out here on Saturday,” he said.
Maybe Bobby Petrino isn’t a magician after all, unable to get his offense clicking after six games.
Quarterbacks Will Gardner and Reggie Bonnafon struggling, the offensive line making so many false starts, formerly reliable wide receivers dropping balls in their hands. Not what anyone expected from this University of Louisville football team under Bobby Petrino’s leadership. Painful to watch for a fan base that was expecting the complete opposite coming into the season, the anxiety heightened by inexplicable errors in judgement and carelessness with the football.
But such great effort and execution of the defensive side, a defense that hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in four games.
Now we have a better understanding of why Charlie Strong’s offense appeared to struggle against mediocre opponents last season. Remember the narrow seven-point wins over Memphis and Cincinnati in the final two games in the American Athletic Conference? Teddy Bridgewater seemingly carrying the offense on his back. The defense reflects Strong’s emphasis on that side of the ball, the part of the game he knew and coached so well.
Strangely no questions for Bobby Petrino about North Carolina State, Louisville’s upcoming football opponent at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Not one, providing nothing for NC State’s bulletin board or the fan message boards. There’s always the possibility of course that no mention could have the opposite effect in Raleigh.
Gotta respect the opponent, they say, but that’s not the media’s job. But still …