UofL FOOTBALL | Cardinals' loss is a culmination of poor practices
09/13/2015 11:30 AM
LOUISVILLE – The Louisville football team fell to The Houston Cougars yesterday 34 – 31, and is now 0-2 heading into their conference opener on Thursday against Clemson. The Cards could not overcome multiple turnovers on offense, the special teams gave up big plays including one touchdown return, and Head Coach Bobby Petrino called the defense disappointing to top it all off.
The lackluster performance on game day started well before the cards ever stepped on the field. After suffering a loss to Auburn a week earlier, The Cards could not shake off the weight of defeat and dedicate the necessary focus to Houston during practice and they got burned because of it. Petrino said practices lacked energy and focus and his players agree.
The contest featured a face off of dual-threat quarterbacks for most of the game, but it was Louisville’s Kyle Bolin who kept the Cardinals alive in the fourth quarter. Bolin came off the bench to relieve freshman Lamar Jackson, and led the Cardinals on two straight scoring drives. Bolin said after the game he approaches every Cardinal practice as if he is the starting QB, and that all the Louisville quarterbacks are capable of leading the team if their numbers are called.