The Keg of Nails is headed back for Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville will find plenty to dissect on this game tape. No one will be immune from the obligatory looks in the mirror.
— The poor kicking game and two missed field goals.
— Some delays in getting play calls to the field in key situations, leading to the burning of all three second-half timeouts.
— Defensive blown coverages, continued struggles against the pass and the inability to stop UC late in the game even when everyone in the stadium knew that running plays were coming.
— Failure of both execution and play calling in the red zone late.
If you’re going to lose, I guess it’s good that you can’t pin it on any one group. It was a team loss. But that’s not really the story of this game.
Cincinnati has a good chance to win a third straight Big East championship. And U of L stood right with the Bearcats. It took some breaks to stand right there with them, but the Cardinals did.