November 09, 2007

All that glitters ...

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November 08, 2007

The Gold Rush

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A not-so-instant replay?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two years ago the Louisville Cardinals came to West Virginia to face a Mountaineer football team that was on the verge of becoming a national contender, but that was missing the explosiveness that was necessary.

It discovered that explosiveness in this game as WVU unveiled both running back Steve Slaton and quarterback Pat White. Trailing 28-7 with less than 10 minutes to play, White engineered an incredible rally after replacing injured Adam Bednaric that took the game into three overtimes with the Mountaineers winning, 46-44.

Slaton, who had never before started a game, scored six touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards.

"That was the beginning for me," Slaton said as he completed preparations for Thursday's night's nationally televised meeting that figured to have a strong bearing on the Big East championship picture.

It was a game Louisville Quarterback Brian Brohm could not forget, either, as he was stopped by WVU's Eric Wicks on the goal line as he tried to scramble for a two-point conversion to tie the game.

"I remember everythning about that play," Brohm said. "It was a five-wide set, 2-point play. The three inside guys went across the goal line and turned around and we had two end cuts in the back. West Virginia covered it up and I tried to run and tghe linebacker got me at the 1. Yeah, I remember that play pretty well."

Now Brohm is a senior and his Louisville team is in dire straits, standing at 5-4, 2-2 in the Big East but riding a three-game winning streak. Slaton and White are juniors ahd have led WVU to a 7-1 record, 2-1 in the conference and a No. 6 natioinal ranking.

October 13, 2007

Cards Capture Keg

CINCINNATI - The Cards intercepted Mauk with 7 seconds left to send the Bearcats to their first loss of the year and take home for the 4th straight year the Keg of Nails.
The game really came down to turnovers, UC committted 4 while the Cards had non. The normally stout UC defense was exposed through the air giving up over 400 yards passing.
The Cardinals did what a team needs to do to beat Cincy which is take care of the ball. Mistake-free football won this game for Louisville.

Game-Winning drive?

CINCINNATI - With 4:46 left in the game UC forces the Ville to punt, a touchback setting up the possibility of a game winning drive for Mauk, or a game ending pick. 28-24 Louisville 4:46 left.

Packed house at Nippert

CINCINNATI - Second-straight sellout for the Bearcats (35,097 to be exact) athe the crowd is spilling into the aisle ways. Hard to tell who's rooting for who with the two teams having similar colors. The students are packed in like sardines, you probably couldnt slide their parents credit cards between them. However they continue to cheer as one, something not seen at UC in quite sometime.

Cards take first lead

CINCINNATI - After the 54 yard pass from Brohn the Cards take a 28-21 lead after rumbling in for a 4-yard touchdown run. The lead is the first of the game for Louisville, 10:37 left in the game .

Another 4th and 1

CINCINNATI - Another 4th and 1, and Kelly goes for it again, this time Mauk is stopped short (a bad spot didnt help his cause any). As i typed that Brohm takes the first snap and goes about 51 yards in the air to Harry Douglas with an amazing catch with DeAngelo Smith all over him. 1st and goal Cards on the Cincy 4 1/2 yard line.
Smith has been burnt three times for big plays today.

Another turnover

CINCINNATI - Touchdown machine Marus Barnett puts the ball on the ground after about a 5 yard gain. Real costly considering UC was on the move and just got into the redzone. Thats the third fumble of the game for UC and 2nd they've lost.

Tied again

CINCINNATI - After a sack pushed the Cards offense back, Brohm had all day to throw and after escaping the pocket found Patrick Carter wide open in the back of the endzone to tie the game back up at 21. 3:01 left in the 3rd. You get the feeling the longer this game is tied the more likely it is the Brohm will make a game changing throw or two.

Cats take the lead

CINCINNATI - Marcus Barnett's 8th TD catch of the season puts UC up 21-14 with 4:44 left in the 3rd.

Correction, Canfield not back

CINCINNATI - Canfield did jog back onto the field in the second quarter, but has not played lately. Chris Flores has been in his place.

Still tied

CINCINNATI - After the big pass from Brohm the Louisville offense sputtered out and missed a 44-yard FG attempt which energized the UC faithful and keeping the game tied at 14 with 7 min. left in the 3rd.

Big play Cards

CINCINNATI - Brohm with time, pump fakes to Douglas, Smith the corner, bites hard and the safety was late getting there putting the Cards in Cincinnati territory.

Canfield ok.

CINCINNATI - UC offensive lineman Trevor Canfield who was helped off the field at the end of the first half cam jogging back on with 14 minutes left in the 2nd quarter and has been playing ever since.

Tied at the half

CINCINNATI - Louisville drives for a TD at the end of the half on a nice drive that tied the game at 14. The normally stout UC defens has allowed 149 yards through the air, bu only 18 on the ground. While the Bearcat offense has 219 yards of total offense, they only have 14 points to show for it.
At the half the Homecoming court was announced, along with president Nancy Zimpher. Apparently all the good will built up with the success of the football team has not allowed UC fans to forget about the Huggins debacle a few years back as Zimpher received a hearty boo from the capacity crowd.

September 15, 2007

Final: Kentucky 40, Louisville 34

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Andre Woodson hit Steve Johnson on a 56-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds remaining as Kentucky upset in-state rival No. 9 Louisville 40-34 at Commonwealth Stadium. What an amazing game, and what a great win for Rich Brooks and the Wildcats. Fans are running everywhere on the field. Fireworks are popping. And the collapseable goalposts are coming down.

I'll have a final post after the press conference.

Cards back in front

LEXINGTON, Ky. - All week long, the experts said this game might be won by the team that had the ball last.

Now we'll find out if they were right. UK will have it last, but that's because U of L just scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard run by Anthony Allen. Two-point conversion attempt failed, so U of L's lead is only one point.

Could this come down to the leg of Lones Seiber?

Game on the line

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Third-and-goal from the 2-yard line for U of L, trailing UK 33-28 with 1:50 to play. This is it for the Cards. Cats D looking for another goal-line stand.

Woodyard Stones the 'Ville

LEXINGTON, Ky. - UK's Wesley Woodyard stops U of L's Gary Barnage at the 2-yard line. The UK defense stands and delivers, and the momentum rests with the team in blue. The Cats (read: UK's gassed defense) could use a long, time-consuming drive by the offense.

The clock is your friend, Andre Woodson.

Go for it?

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Decision time for Steve Kragthorpe. Louisville has the ball fourth-and-goal at the UK six yard line. UK leads 33-28. What would you do? Kick the field goal or go for the touchdown and the lead?

I'd kick. There's still 9:30 to play. The way the game has gone, this isn't U of L's last chance. Kick the field goal and cut the lead to 2. Looks like they're going for it.

Kentucky takes the lead

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jacob Tamme wanted it more. UK's tight end just out-jumped and out-fought U of L corner Rod Council for that Andre Woodson pass in the back of the end zone. UK leads 33-28, and Commonwealth Stadium is rocking with the hope of UK's first win over a top-10 team since a win over Penn State in 1977. Your play, Brian Brohm.

End of Third Quarter: U of L 28, UK 26

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The two teams traded touchdowns early in the quarter and traded missed opportunities for the rest of the quarter. We're heading to the final frame at Commonwealth Stadium with the No. 9 Cardinals clinging to a two-point advantage.

UK, however, is driving. The Wildcats just advanced the ball to the U of L 35, where they have it first-and-ten. Key storyline of the game: The play of the UK defensive line. The Cats, who are missing starting tackle Ricky Lumpkin, have consistently pressured Brohm and have made things hard on U of L running back Anthony Allen.

Rich Brooks' prediction that the game would come down to a special teams play looks like it might be right on. UK has to hope that key play hasn't already happened; Trent Guy's kickoff return for a touchdown is the deciding score right now.

Carmody misses

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe gave kicker Art Carmody a chance from 52 yards, but Carmody came up well short. The miss gives UK decent field position (its own 35). Now would be a good time for QB Andre Woodson to heat up and lead a scoring drive.

Like I said...

LEXINGTON, Ky. - That didn't take long. Louisville return man Trent Guy just took the kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Louisville reclaims the lead at 28-26. That's Guy's fifth career return for a touchdown (three kickoffs, two punts).

It's on now

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Before last Saturday, Kentucky fullback John Conner had two career carries. Against Kent State, Conner ran for two touchdowns. Seconds ago, he found the end zone again. Conner was the recipient of an Andre Woodson roll-out pass from seven yards out.

Huge drive by UK to reclaim the lead at 26-21. You get the feeling that touchdown might be the first of many in this second half.

Halftime: Louisville 21, Kentucky 19

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The first half of the 2007 Governor's Cup did not disappoint. The half was evenly played, and should yield a competitive second half. Although Kentucky is an underdog, the Wildcats must feel disappointed to enter the locker room trailing by 2. Louisville has erased an early 13-0 UK lead.

The turning point of the half (and maybe the game) occurred with just over three minutes to play in the half. UK head coach Rich Brooks elected to go for it on fourth-and-one from outside the Louisville 30. Offensive coordinator Joker Phillips surprisingly called an option, and UK running back Rafael Little was blown up by a Louisville defender. The Cards took over possession and quickly drove 60-plus yards for the go-ahead score. If Louisville pulls away in the second half, Phillips' call will be questioned for a long time in the Bluegrass.

In the second half, UK might need another couple of turnovers, or at least will need Louisville to make a few mistakes. The UK defensive line was outstanding in the first half, but you would think U of L - now that it has the lead - will make it a priority to get its running game going in the second half.

Don't miss the first drive of the second half. UK would do well not to come up empty. If the Cats can at least get a field goal out of the drive - and retake the lead - the pressure would fall back on Louisville. However, if the Louisville defense comes up with a stop, the explosive Cardinal offense would have an opportunity to stretch the field - and the lead.

Seiber reverts to old form

LEXINGTON, Ky. - So much for solid Lones Seiber. The UK kicker, who missed two extra points in the season-opener against Eastern Kentucky, just missed another one.

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End of First Quarter

LEXINGTON, Ky. - At the end of the first quarter in the Governor's Cup, Kentucky leads Louisville 13-7.

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So much for a rout

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville has responded with a touchdown of its own. Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe made a gutsy (or desperate) decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches from his own 34 yard line.

The play (a Brian Brohm sneak) worked, and the decision paid off. Brohm found running back Anthony Allen on a short touchdown pass and Louisville has pulled to 13-7.

No doubt Lones

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky kicker Lones Seiber, who has been shaky in the season's first two games, has been solid in the first quarter. He just connected on a 31-yard field goal to give Kentucky a 13-0 lead.

Big drive upcoming for Louisville. The Cardinals need to respond to this early UK blitz, and they need to do it soon.

Two Plays, Two Turnovers

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After taking a knee for a touchback on the kickoff, Louisville turned the ball over on its first play from scrimmage.

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UK-U of L ready for kickoff

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three Army paratroopers landing as gracefully as possible at midfield from thousands of feet in the air just fired up this crowd that needed no extra juice.

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Fans amped for Governor's Cup game

LEXINGTON, Ky. - With about 90 minutes remaining until kickoff of the most anticipated Governor's Cup game in recent history, fans have begun to trickle in to Commonwealth Stadium on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

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