Good times return for real to Papa Johnâ€™s Cardinal Stadium against a top 20 team, the Cards refusing to wilt under pressure. This Steve Kragthorpe regime took a decidedly right turn toward the future. Critics have puzzled looks, shaking their heads.
Excellent protection from the offensive line, even though Hunter Cantwell was sacked three times. He completed 12 of 21 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Also, no Cantwell fumbles for two straight games, only one interception that was not his fault. Showing signs of getting comfortable back there.
Now fans know how badly Scott Long was missed, showing fellow wide receivers how to get it done, five receptions, 134 yards, two touchdowns.
Need more receivers. Just mimic Scott, guys, shouldnâ€™t be that difficult if youâ€™re out there six days a week catching footballs.
Trent Guy missing. No mention of him in injury reports this week. Needs to get back on the field, the sooner the better.
If there is an award category for coach who engineered the most improved defense award, Ron English will win hands down. The analysts are done with the wise cracks about the UofL defense.
The Bulls had been averaging 195 rushing yards per game, but the Cardinals held them to 8. Linebacker Jon Dempsey, the Cardinals’ leading tackler, had nine tackles and a sack. Defensive linemen Earl Heyman and Adrian Grady sacked Grothe twice each.
Thanks for the trick play, Memphis. Had the same effect on USF as it had on the Cards. Wouldnâ€™t want to have to lean on trick plays but it was fun finally being the perpetrator.
Crowd of 40,300-plus into every play, returning early from half time, making deafening noise at appropriate times, sticking around to the end. Thatâ€™s the way it ought to be, a major factor today.