September 2, 2012; Louisville, KY USA; The Louisville Cardinals mascot performs before the first half of play against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John's Cardinals Stadium. Louisville defeated Kentucky 32-14. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
Louisville fans finally got to enjoy seeing Louisville play its best football at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. After two years of inexplicably playing its best football on the road, while dropping games to the lines of FIU and Marshall at home, Charlie Strong's Cardinals physically dominated their in-state rivals and made a statement in doing so. Here are a few scattered thoughts from yesterday's game.
- The development and maturation of Teddy Bridgewater is remarkable. A year ago, Bridgewater was a skinny, nervous freshman that, even having enrolled early, looked flustered in the season opener, throwing one pass...that was intercepted by Murray State. A calendar year later, Bridgewater is pushing 200 pounds, stands coolly in the pocket, and dissected Kentucky. Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes, one was a slightly underthrown pass that was almost caught and the other was a deliberate throw away to avoid a sack. He was playing just his 14th college football game, but he's already beginning to get comparisons to some of the great Louisville quarterbacks.
- For all of the talk of picking a running back to be the primary ball-carrier, Louisville still maintained a pretty even rotation of running backs between Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry. I was pleasantly surprised at the success Louisville had running the ball. I believed that Kentucky's defensive line was SEC-sized and that the points and yards were to be had through the air. For it to be such a dominant game on the ground as well, either says a lot of good things about the Louisville offensive line, bad things about the Kentucky defensive line, or both.
- If you want to know how dominant the Louisville running game was, the Cardinals had two 100-yard rushers in Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry. Dominique Brown did not play due to a lingering issue with his knee but he should be back this week. Louisville finished the game with 18 rushing attempts that went for five yards or more.