Monthly Archives: December 2011

Battle of the Bluegrass

We will keep updating this page over the next couple of days up until the UK game on Saturday. We have comments from former players, and some UofL-UK videos to post. So we will just keep this as a running front page and will let you know anytime it gets updated.

Our last UofL-UK interview comes from a player who may have had the best individual performance in the series. As a freshman, Samaki Walker had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks in leading the Cards to an 88-86 win over UK on January 1, 1995. Here is what the game means to him… Read the rest of this entry

Layup Lines: Double Dip of Cardinal Basketball Today

Men’s basketball isn’t the only team playing a home game at the KFC Yum! Center today. At noon, the 14th/13th ranked UofL women’s team (11-2) will host UT-Martin (6-5). The Cards return home after a three game road trip, with two of those games being out west. UofL’s only 2 losses this season have come on the road. They lost to Texas A&M and Kentucky, both teams that are ranked in the top 10 in both polls. Read the rest of this entry

N.C. State defeats Louisville 31-24, wins Belk Bowl

In a game with a blocked punt, a fake punt, a couple of onside kicks, the craziest personal foul you will ever see, and questionable play calling down the stretch from both teams, N.C. St. escaped with a Belk Bowl victory 31-24 over the Louisville Cardinals. They end the seaon 8-5, and UofL ends their season 7-6. Read the rest of this entry

N.C. State wins Belk Bowl 31-24

In a game with a blocked punt, a fake punt, a couple of onside kicks, the craziest personal foul you will ever see, and questionable play calling down the stretch from both teams, N.C. St. escaped with a Belk Bowl victory 31-24 over the Louisville Cardinals. They end the seaon 8-5, and UofL ends their season 7-6.

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater will be sore for a while, as it seemed like he was knocked down on every play. He had to sit out for two plays, but both times he came right back in, when it looked like he may be out for the game. He took some big hits either on the run or in the pocket after delivering passes. It was like seeing Hunter Cantwell against Virginia Tech, or Dave Ragone against Kentucky. But the young QB hung in there and completed 24/43 passes for 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, the last being on a desperation 4th down play to try and keep the game going.

N.C. State did not score an offensive touchdown in the second half, but Mike Glennon did his damage in the first half. He threw for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. One TD pass was 35 yards, and another was for 67 yards. Both long TD passes involved UofL defenders slipping and/or missing tackles. N.C. State went into the half leading 21-10.

The first drive of the 2nd half was about as frustrating as it could get for UofL fans. After forcing a punt, the Cards were called for a roughing the kicker penalty, keeping the drive alive. Then on another 4th down, Glennon was scrambling and on his way out of bounds, when Preston Brown pushed him out and was holding him up to keep him from falling. That drew a flag for a personal foul (???) and the Wolfpack tacked on 3 more points.

The next series, Bridgewater threw a good looking pass to Eli Rogers, who let David Amerson go over his back and take the pass from him. He then followed a lot of good blocks and bad tackling and made it all the way to the endzone for a 65 yard TD return and a 31-10 Wolfpack lead.

Down 21, it was time to call out all the stops, and that is what Charlie Strong did. A fake punt resulted in a long run for Preston Brown, and that led to a great pass by Bridgewater and a better catch by Nate Nord for the touchdown. Then the Cards called an onside kick and recovered it, but could not do anything with that possession after a big 3rd down drop by Eli Rogers.

UofL would tack on another touchdown to make it 31-24, and end up getting the ball back for one last shot to tie it. Too much pressure from the N.C. State defense would put Teddy Bridgewater in a spot where he had to make a desperation throw, and that resulted in his final interception, and closed out the season for this Cards team.

The Cards made many mistakes, and had plenty of chances to get back in the game. However, seeing that the majority of players that contributed tonight were freshmen and sophomores, the future is bright for this UofL program. 2012 should be a fun season!


The Week Ahead for CSZ

Cardinal Sports Zone decided to launch during a very busy week in Cardinal athletics. But we knew how busy and fun it would be. That is why we did it. Here are some things you can expect to find during this week: Read the rest of this entry

Belk Bowl Preview- Louisville vs N.C. State

This Tuesday night, the UofL football team will try to do something that hasn’t been done in the school’s history: win 3 straight bowl games. It would not be in 3 straight seasons, but 3 straight bowl trips. The Cards will take on N.C. State at 8:00 pm on ESPN. UofL leads the series 3-0 against the Wolfpack, with the most recent game being a 29-10 victory in 2007 at N.C. St. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium (73,778) in Charlotte, NC.


Welcome to the Cardinal Sports Zone! We will provide you with news for all UofL sports, as well as schedules and results from all of the games. Here is a quick rundown of what to look for on the site: 

Schedules and standings will be up to date, so keep up with any sport you are interested in.

Recruiting: Our guy Steve is on top of the UofL recruiting scene. There have been multiple times on twitter where other sites or bloggers tweet about a commit or someone visiting UofL. Then if you scroll down your TL, Steve had already said it earlier. Not saying he is always first to report, but pretty close to it! This will be a great section to keep up with UofL Basketball and Football recruiting, and any other major recruiting news from other sports.

Our Blogs: Come by and visit our personal blogs to get more of our opinions. We will post official previews and recaps for you on the main page, but our blog pages are reserved for our opinions. You may agree or disagree (we can even disagree between the 3 of us) but that is what the comment section is for. Leave your comment and let’s have a discussion.

Cardinal Rewind: Maybe the thing on this site that makes us the most unique. This section will have interviews with former Cardinal greats. Could be basketball, football, women’s basketball, or any other sport. If they wore the Cardinal uniform, they are a possibility. We will catch up with these former players to see what they are up to now, and we will bring you all the info in this section.

Videos: We will post some UofL videos from time to time. Most likely youtube clips of highlights or just anything interesting.

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