A strange first half, but a positive one for the Cardinals
At this point, U of L needs a win in any way, shape or form it can get one.
Brian Brohm has not been sharp, and has made four overthrows that cost the Cards a much bigger lead.
But the defense has hung tough, given up a few big plays but come up with three turnovers and generally played well for a group that is one of the most maligned in the nation.
U of L has a whopping time of possession advantage that has aided that — 22:5 to 7:35. So the offense is doing plenty right. That kind of disparity will make a lot of defenses look good.
About the only knock is the failure to reach paydirt on a couple of golden opportunities.
I think the absence of Harry Douglas definitely is a contributor to that.
Regardless, U of L is halfway toward stopping the bleeding.
Second half keys:
— Running the ball. U of L is pounding the Wolfpack on the ground. Four different backs have runs of 10 yards or more. Anthony Allen has 77 yards on 15 carries. With Brohm not sharp, the run-pass ratio might need to skew even more in favor of the run in the second half (it was 26-21 in the first, which is just about right.)
While I might quibble with a few play calls, and George Bussey did pick up a personal foul, it was a respectably clean half by the Cardinals — though there was a special teams blunder on a blocked field goal.
We’ll see if they can keep it up.