Breaking down Louisville's 32-14 victory over Kentucky in Sunday's season opener, quarter by quarter:
Summary: Kentucky's first drive gained 34 yards and the punt backed Louisville inside its own 1-yard line. The Cardinals proceeded to slice up the UK defense, going 99 yards in more than eight minutes and 15 plays for an 8-0 lead. UK quarterback Maxwell Smith was sharp (10-for-13 passing) and the Cats ended the first quarter at the U of L 22.
Thumbs up: Kentucky's no-huddle offense to start the game was a nice wrinkle.
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Thumbs down: Not a good omen when the UK defense gives up 99 yards its first time on the field.
Summary: UK answered impressively, with Smith leading a 14-play, 75-yard drive that cut the lead to 8-7. On its second possession, U of L needed only six plays to go 85 yards and make it 15-7. Next time it had the ball U of L easily marched 93 yards and led 22-7. UK was driving when Raymond Sanders lost a fumble at the Louisville 22. U of L had 10 plays of 10 or more yards in the quarter.
Thumbs up: UK's Smith was accurate and poised.
Thumbs down: The U of L offense did anything it wanted against UK, gaining 314 yards the first half.
Summary: UK started the half recovering an on-side kick at its own 47, but Craig McIntosh missed a 42-yard field. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater continued to toy with the Cats. A Cardinals field goal made it 25-7, then a failed UK fake punt set up a U of L TD for a 32-7 lead. Smith directed a 65-yard TD drive to make it 32-14.
Thumbs up: Good call from the sideline on Kentucky's on-side kick
Thumbs down: The Louisville defense began to put the heat on Smith.
Summary: Louisville Coach Charlie Strong took Bridgewater out of the game, and UK had a chance to make it interesting before CoShik Williams lost a fumble at U of L 3-yard line. UK also reached the Cardinals 12-yard line but turned it over on downs. Bridgewater did not play in the final quarter.
Thumbs up: Kentucky wide receiver Daryl Collins showed some promise.
Thumbs down: UK needed to create a fan buzz before Saturday's home opener. Mission not accomplished.