Max Smith - The Silverhammer had one of the best games by a UK QB since Andre Woodson exited stage left. He was 35-50 for 280 yds and 2 TD's, with no INT's. Made some tight throws and generally made you wonder why there was even a QB competition.
Landon Foster - Nice leg for 1st collegiate game ever.
Offensive line - Light years better than this point last year. Protected Max very well in 1st half and even though the Cats had to abandon the run, the Cats still averaged 4.9 yds per carry.
Offensive Coaches - The line was better, the WR's were better, the QB was better. While I'd like to seem the stretch the field more (which they did in the 3rd quarter when they were forced to do so,) I loved the no huddle and the different pacing they were doing at the line of scrimmage in the 1st half. Remember UofL was a top 25 defense last year and returned many starters.
U of L WR's - They just don't drop passes. Guess there coach recruited actual WR's instead of athletes who were fast. Notice the difference? I'm not even sure our WR corp with no defense could play a whole game and only miss 4 passes
Coaching staff (outside of offense) - Played scared before halftime, instead of being aggressive and trying to score. Also got scared and tried a field goal they missed only to then try a 4th and 14 fake punt? If it was too scary to go for it on 4th and 4, why oh why do you try a 4th and 14 on your own side of the field. Then there is the defensive issues....
UK Defense-Louisville had 4 total incomplete passes out of 26 attempts, they had 2 players with more than 100 rush yards. Just putrid from line, to linebackers to secondary.An embarrassment to the SEC. If this team has any shot to save their coaches job, this unit is going to have to improve otherwise it is goodbye Joker
3rd down defense- The entire 1st half when we actually go them to 3rd down, we simply sat back and rushed 3. No blitzing, no stunts, just set back and give Mr. Bridgewater all day to pick us apart and he did. This was especially puzzling with the knowledge that the secondary was the weakest part of the defense. That is Steve Brown type coaching guys, get it together!
ESPN Announcers- The only thing worse than the UK D. Some gems from them this week: "Louisville has dominated this series" (really they are 1-4 over last 5) "Winston Gay played for UK last year" and my personal favorite: "Even with the rain it is very humid"