The question is whether to go for a first down, less than a inch to go in overtime.
Yes, of course. That is if one wants to make a statement about how far Louisville football has advanced this season.
Definitely not, if one is inclined to play it safe, going for the field goal to get points on the board.
Few, if any, of the UofL fans in the crowd of 43,887 seemed interested in taking the conservative route. Neither was Charlie Strong, the man responsible for such optimism.
This team has come a long way this season. From non-achieving and irrelevant to being competitive in every outing. Louisville outplaying South Florida in every phase most of the day. The coaching staff, players and fans maybe too eager to take the next step. A little too confident.
Justin Burke inches short. Field goal South Florida for a 24-21 win, first time in Louisville. The second guessing had already begun before fans entered the tunnel leading to the Green Lot.
Give the ball to Bilal Powell with his 140 yards for the day? Or to Jeremy Wright with his fresh legs and quickness? The only thing certain with 20/20 hindsight was that Justin Burke would not have sneaked, not with the defense lined up three deep over the center.
Charlie Strong didn’t need to make a statement. The program is light years ahead of where it was at this time last season.