— ROUT IS ON: Cards get a TD run from Brock Bolen, his second of the game, to go up 20-0 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. And I think we’re pretty much done here. From now on, I’ll focus less on talking about what is happening than just some general impressions of what we see. U of L leads 20-0 with 12:10 left in the first half, but Tennessee Tech has driven into Cardinal territory.
— CAMPA DIGGING HIS DEBUT: Weakside linebacker Chris Campa made his first career start and celebrated with a second-quarter interception. Campa was one of the most impressive newcomers on U of L’s team in the preseason, and was involved in most of those publicized early-season skirmishes, if not an instigator in most cases. But today, he’s taking it out on the other side in another solid performance from the U of L defense.
— V IS FOR VICTOR(Y): Louisville native Victor Anderson has carried nine times for 89 yards and just scored his first college touchdown to put U of L up 27-0 with 8:37 to play in the first half. U of L is up to 267 yards of offense, but this is the interesting part: Anderson and Louisville native Doug Beaumont have accounted for 172 of it.
— YO ADRIAN! Adrian Grady lived the dream, picking up a fumble and returning it 19 yards for a touchdown to put the Cards up 34-0 with still 7:01 to play. The defense deserved to get into the act. It has given up just 31 total yards today, and just 241 on the season. Last year, it gave up 351 yards to Middle Tennessee in the first half of its second game alone.
— THE LONGBALL: We hadn’t seen it yet this season, but Tech just had some success going deep on the Cards. Colin Allen beat Woodny Turenne and Lee Sweeney found him for a 44-yard reception that set up Tennessee Tech’s first score, a 26-yard field goal that makes it 34-3 with 1:48 left.
— HALFTIME: Well, if you’re Tennessee Tech, you did pretty much control the final 3 minutes of the half. A couple of U of L fumbles slowed the party at the end, but fortunately for the Cards, Myron Pryor wasn’t around to burn them. Cantwell got nailed pretty good on U of L’s last offensive play of the half, but wasn’t taken back to the trainer’s room. In all, it was about the kind of first half the Cards needed. They didn’t open flat, and executed their offense fine. It is, of course, Tennessee Tech, so the yards and points are less important than the fact that the team seemed to bounce back with a serious attitude and came out to take care of business.
More to come …