Cincinnati Bearcats 25 Louisville Cardinals 16: Sunday Afternoon Links

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Strong 2nd half propels UC to win // Bearcat Lair

The Bearcats trailed at halftime for only the second time this season against Louisville after Zach Collaros had a pass picked off by Louisville defensive back Mike Evans who returned the interception for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a nine point lead heading into the half.

UC Bearcats rally to down Louisville, 25-16 | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

The philosophy has served the University of Cincinnati well all season. No matter how much running back Isaiah Pead seems to be struggling to gain yards, keep feeding the beast. That faith in Pead paid off again Saturday when the senior running back broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run to provide the winning points in UC’s 25-16 come-from-behind victory over Louisville before a homecoming crowd of 40,971 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Fun fact Isaiah Pead was averaging just over 4 yards per carry entering the 4th quarter. He ended the game averaging 7.6. As they say, feed the beast.

One Year Later, The Response Changes // Paul Dehner

"There was no panic," Collaros said. "No panic at all. We couldn't really get into a rhythm out there. We have great leadership on this team. Especially from the senior class. We just came in here, looked each other in the eye and said we are going to get this done and we ended up doing it."

Its all well and good that the boys didn't panic. But I would prefer them not consistently getting in situations where panicking is mildly appropriate.

Bearcats Keep Keg // Bearcats Blog

Bearcats Party With the Keg of Nails for Another Year // Bearcats Nation

Getting back on track I thought the secondary had a pretty good day holding Teddy Bridgewater to just under 200 yards through the air. There were a few gaffs where Cardinals wide receivers were wide open but by-and-large they played alright. Overall, the defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in two straight games. Can’t be disappointed with those numbers.

I don't care how many yards the defense gives up through the air. I just don't want huge catastrophic busts in the back end. UofL only had one big play, the 58 yarder to Rogers where Cammerron Cheatham was doing something or other. I can live with one of those, I can't live with 4 of them.

Proud defense stands tough, UC wins 25-16 // BearcatReport.com

After starting right tackle Sean Hooey injured his right foot in practice Tuesday redshirt freshmen Eric Lefeld took over. Though Lefeld has played several games in 2011 Saturday marked his first career start.

Lefeld held up very well against the Cardinals blitz schemes. I was throughly impressed with Lefeld, though Hooey is still the best bet at RT its good to have some legitimate depth up front for the first time in years

Stewart, defense keeps Cardinals out endzone // Bearcat Insider

When Cincinnati needed its running game the most, senior Isaiah Pead and the offensive line took over. Aided by his 50-yard run that gave the Bearcats’ their first lead of the game with 12:19 remaining in the game, Pead ran for 99 yards in the fourth quarter alone. He finished with 151 yards on 20 carries for his eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career.

Jones: Fans were great, but more of them needed // cincinnati.com

We need to get more people here to support this football team," Jones said. "That’s the big thing. We’ve got something special. "The people that came out, the crowd was electric and we fed off it. I thought the key momentum switch was the drive in the second half when they had three or four penalties in a row and the crowd started really getting loud. It was deafening."

We can thank Mike Thomas for this particular fiasco

Bearcats' Pead has a knack for making big plays // cincinnati.com

[..].Because on 2nd-and-10 from the 50 Saturday, UC trailing 16-14 with 12 minutes to play, Pead ran 50 yards in half that time, or so it seemed. If it took him longer than five seconds to get into the endzone, it wasn't much longer. UC coach Butch Jones said the play is designed, if it's blocked perfectly, to get eight or nine yards. The rest is virtuosity by the guy with the ball. Pead burst through the ‘Ville middle, then made a jump cut that left the safety with two broken ankles. The rest was sprinter's speed.


UC Bearcats rally to down Louisville, 25-16 // cincinnati.com

The philosophy has served the University of Cincinnati well all season. No matter how much running back Isaiah Pead seems to be struggling to gain yards, keep feeding the beast. That faith in Pead paid off again Saturday when the senior running back broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run to provide the winning points in UC’s 25-16 come-from-behind victory over Louisville before a homecoming crowd of 40,971 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Fun fact Isaiah Pead was averaging just over 4 yards per carry entering the 4th quarter. He ended the game averaging 7.6.

Strong 2nd half propels UC to win // Bearcat Lair

The Bearcats trailed at halftime for only the second time this season against Louisville after Zach Collaros had a pass picked off by Louisville defensive back Mike Evans who returned the interception for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a nine point lead heading into the half.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats // ESPN
AP recap

Eric Crawford | Louisville football hurt on offense by youth | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

They managed only 61 yards in the second half of Saturday's 25-16 loss at Cincinnati, and 32 of those came in the last 1:15 with the game already decided.

Raise your hand if you thought in the pre season that this defense would give up just 61 yards in half at any point this season. Everyone who has their hand up is a damn liar.

Second-half struggles continue as Louisville loses to Cincinnati 25-16 // The Courier-Journal

It looked as if the Cards would erase that stat when freshman receiver Eli Rogers hauled in a 58-yard reception that set them up at the UC 10. Tailback Dominique Brown stumbled on a second-down carry that surely would have ended in the end zone. Instead, Bridgewater threw an incompletion on a designed rollout pass that was well-covered by the Bearcats’ defense. So from the UC 1, the Cards settled for a field goal.

Much like the goal line stand in the Miami game this was a pivotal development in the game.

U of L Notebook; Louisville kicker Chris Philpott finds his accuracy // The Courier-Journal

Eli Rogers caught a career-high seven passes for 106 yards against the Bearcats, and his 58-yard reception in the second quarter marked the Cardinals’ longest play from scrimmage this season. Rogers began the game with just 104 receiving yards on 11 catches.

The Cards may be young, but they have two keepers with Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rodgers

Bearcats 25 Cards 16: Louisville Offense Still Struggling // Cardinal Connect
I will be brief and blunt. This Louisville football teams is now 2-4 and doesn't appear to be very good. The Cards defense is good enough to keep it close

Fourth winnable loss : U of L Card Game

Obviously the current University of Louisville football coaches are counting on the fans to wait 6, 8, maybe 10 years for another fairly decent team to magically appear.

Melodramatic no?

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