Halftime: U of L 16, N.C. State 3

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.

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7 thoughts on “Halftime: U of L 16, N.C. State 3

  1. To hold this team to a couple of scores would be a HUGE morale boost. Douglas should be back for our big nationally televised game against Utah here at home next Friday, Eric.And so will the fans.Go CARDS! We still BELIEVE!

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