Going into the second half this observer was only hoping the University of Louisville football team would somehow manage to hold Pittsburgh to under 50 points. Good thing Bobby Petrino is not a pessimist, doesn’t think like that.

Trailing 42-24 after that gruesome first half, Petrino’s troops weren’t about to throw in the towel. The Cardinals would throw Lamar Jackson back in the mix, make some defensive adjustments, slow down the Pittsburgh ground game, and trim the deficit to eight points with over 12 minutes remaining in the game.

A miracle comeback in the making? No way. Just happy to be hanging close.

No realistic UofL fan had any serious thoughts about winning. Pittsburgh was just better in every phase of the game. Impressive effort during that second half, however, digging out of that deep hole. Just asking much too much to overcome.

The Cardinals would hold the Panthers to only three second-half points in the 45-34 loss. They did it while totaling a net gain of minus-one yards for the game. A few yards here and there would have made the potential for a successful rally more credible.

The quarterback situation is again up in the air. Kyle Bolin competed 10 of 20 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns while Lamar Jackson was good for nine of 17 attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown.  Both have managed to look mediocre against better teams this season. Kentucky will not be one of the better teams on the schedule but Petrino had better make the right choice.

Holding Pittsburgh to under 50 points was not a big deal. Petrino will have his team’s full attention next week, needing a win to end the regular season on a positive note in Lexington.


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By Charlie Springer

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

10 thoughts on “Louisville holds Pitt under 50 points”
  1. 2015 football season is becoming a comedy of errors! Worst offensive line play in years. Something’s not right with the team chemistry. I have a question for you, Charlie. Is there ant truth to Bobby to LSU rumor? The players appeared to not care. There has to be a reason for that attitude.

    1. I hadn’t heard of any rumor. But why would he want to go to LSU? The ACC is just as good a conference, if not better than, the SEC. And where’s Les Miles going? Michigan? Michigan looks set with Harbaugh for awhile–unless he intends to return to the pros.

      I think ULs team chemistry is youth. Give them another year, and they should gel together pretty good.

      We wanted to be in a tough conference. Now that we are in one, why would we assume that UL would dominate like it did in lesser conferences? I like it being in a conference where the teams have a lot more parity than they used it. It’s getting more like pro ball.

      If you’re going to be an athletic supporter, then you need to do a better job of keeping your balls in place.

    2. Wilkie, that’s the first I’ve heard of this particular rumor. I doubt LSU could afford Bobby Petrino’s buyout of $10 million. Tom Jurich thought long and hard about what it would take to keep Petrino here before they signed that contract.

  2. Just couldn’t stop Pitt’s offensive frontline. But Lamar Jackson made a good come back and ended up making the score a little more reasonable loss, Instead of a blowout. Now onto the next game. Let’s end the regular season with the win against the University of Lexington!

  3. Our defense just completely baffles me at times. How do you give up 42 points in one half to a decent, but far from spectacular, team….and then hold them to 3 points the next half? With FSU, the reverse (more or less) was true. Bi-polar disorder!?! Offense has consistently struggled all year for reasons that are obvious….but at least they are consistent!

  4. I think we need new defense and offensive coordinators and most of all a new offensive line coach.

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