Louisville Edges Murray State in Ugly Fashion, 21-9

There is a lot of work for Coach Charlie Strong to do this week.

Jarrett Davis is tackled by two Murray State defenders.

Louisville football started the 2011 season off with a bang putting 21 points on the board in the first half and showcasing the potential behind its new offense. The defense was an even bigger star, holding Murray’s prolific air attack to just 148 yards and forcing two interceptions.

That was about the only success the Cardinals had.

Louisville was plagued by turnovers and penalties all night that kept the Cards from stringing together multiple scoring drives.

After a successful start to the game things began to run really downhill for the Cards. Murray State threatened several times in the second half. At times the Racers shredded apart the weak Louisville secondary. Yet every time Murray State entered the red zone they came away with three points instead of seven.

Another disappointment brought about by freshman Teddy Bridgewater’s first drive with the Cardinals. Bridgewater was poisoned by two straight false start calls, a delay of game, and then an interceptions. Strong quickly brought starter Will Stein back out behind center.

Despite his inability to score in the second half, Stein wasn’t a complete failure. In the first half he showcased some competency in the pocket. Stein threw two excellent touchdown passes and 226 yards. He still has a lot of  work to do before the Cardinal faithful can trust him.

The good news for Louisville is that they have plenty of footage to see what they do wrong. Still, the mediocre play that was showcased Thursday night won’t fly against Florida International University next Friday. Louisville will need to tighten the screws before next week.