Extra points: How Louisville beat Kentucky

September 14, 2013 

Recapping Kentucky's 27-13 loss to Louisville at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday:

FIRST HALF

Summary: No one expected it, but Kentucky's defense kept this one close for a while. The Cardinals had 10 yards and no first downs on their first three drives, then fumbled on their fourth. A Jalen Whitlow fumble on third-and-1 gave the Cards the ball at the UK 27, but they were limited to a field goal. Ashely Lowery set up a UK field goal with a fumble recovery at his own 46. The Cards found a ground attack — eight straight runs — and went up 10-3 on a nice TD catch by DeVante Parker. UK threatened late in the half, but fumbled at the Louisville 14. Halftime: Louisville 10, Kentucky 3.

Thumbs up: Pushed around by Western Kentucky two weeks ago, UK's defensive front was strong.

Thumbs down: For this offense to work, UK can't drop passes.

Worthy of a replay: The Teddy Bridgewater to DeVante Parker TD pass was superb on both ends.

SECOND HALF

Summary: Louisville started the second half looking like the offense most expected — moving the ball easily. Mixing the run and pass, the Cards went 83 yards on nine plays for a 17-3 lead. A UK threat ended when Maxwell Smith was injured and Whitlow was intercepted at the U of L 2. A Cardinals field goal made it 20-3, and Smith was on the sideline with ice on his shoulder. Louisville went up 27-3 and UK showed some fight, but only the margin of victory was undecided. Final: Louisville 27, Kentucky 13.

Thumbs up: Some newcomers (Jojo Kemp, Javess Blue, Ryan Timmons) offer promise as play-makers.

Thumbs down: UK has to do better keeping drives alive and finishing them.

Worthy of a replay: A 47-yard run by Kemp.

TALKING POINTS

■ There were signs Mark Stoops and company have UK headed in the right direction defensively.

■ It's hard to alternate two quarterbacks when No. 2 loses a fumble on his first play.

■ Did UK play well in the first half, or did Louisville come in sleepwalking?

■ Is it time to see more of Kemp?

■ Is a 27-13 home-field loss to Louisville a moral victory?

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ Teddy Bridgewater missed on his first three passing attempts. That was one more than the number of incompletions he had against UK last year in 21 attempts.

■ There were 12 first downs and nine punts in the first half.

■ In 13 tries, UK did not a convert a third down.

■ Linebacker Avery Williamson had 15 tackles.

■ Kentucky was inside the Louisville 30-yard line six times, but scored one TD.

LOOKING AHEAD

A bye week, then Florida. The last time UK beat Florida (1986), Ronald Reagan was president, Martha Layne Collins was governor of Kentucky and Jerry Claiborne was the Wildcats' coach.

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