Gotta admit, the first half had Louisville football fans excited, optimistic, more than a few wondering (or hoping) if Steve Kragthorpe may have turned a corner. The crowd of 39,948 on its feet more than during any game since a surprising win over Rutgers in the final 2007 game.
A real buzz in the concourse at halftime. The beer was flowing, life was good again.
But the 10-7 lead would quickly dissipate during the third quarter, with some familiar looking and disappointing pass coverage. Along with the lead were many of the partisans, headed for early exit.
- Surprising: The confidence and natural leadership of quarterback Adam Froman. Would have something resembling a quarterback controversy if there weren’t so many other issues. Intuitive, intelligent, good running and passing decisions. No interceptions, none. First in a while in a Big East game for a U of L quarterback.
- Anemic: An offensive line unable to run block or protect the passer, giving up six sacks in the process.
- Cornered: Victor Anderson in the backfield, but still managing to gain 51 yards.
- Impressive: Darius Ashley, showing lightning quickness, gaining 14 yards on three carries. Too bad about the shoulder.
- Determined: Joe Tronzo, having to cross the goal line a second time after a review cancels out a touchdown.
- Unacceptable: Unnecessary unsportsmanlike penalties after good defensive plays.
- Frustrating: Official review that requires about four minutes to decide a play. What part of indisputable do they not understand?
- Quotable: Fan who said if Steve Kragthorpe stays here a fourth year, U of L might have a lead after the third quarter of a game.
- Promising: Attendance of 39,948, a near capacity crowd of people, the vast majority of whom knew going U of L did not have much of a shot. May be getting to a place where fan support remains strong in spite of the won-lost record.
- For Emphasis: That’s 39,948 for a game that was televised locally and nationally, mind you.