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Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 12:57 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Louisville storms back from a two touchdown deficit to defeat Southern Mississippi 31-28

LOUISVILLE

Offense: When Louisville came out throwing the ball, I must say I did not have high hopes for their prospects of winning.  After all, running back Bilal Powell is one of the best rushers in the nation behind a veteran offensive line.  But Southern Miss forced Justin Burke to keep the offense balanced for most of the game.  When Louisville's offense needed to step up and eat some clock in the fourth quarter, they kept converting to keep drives alive.  Eating up more than ten minutes of the clock in the final period, the rushing game finally sealed the deal for the Cardinals.  GRADE: B+

Defense: Going to group special teams in with defense, in which case we have to discuss the moment the game changed.  After a completely scoreless third quarter, Southern Miss scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to take a 28-27 lead with no signs of Louisville really threatening to score since the first half.  Freshman running back Jeremy Wright took the kickoff 95 yards the other way for an immediate answer that let the air out of Southern Mississippi's momentum.  The Golden Eagles didn't really bounce back from that one, so the defense benefited?  GRADE: B 

Coaching: This has been a great week for first-year coach Charlie Strong.  First he snags former Miami quarterback commit Teddy Bridgewater from the Hurricanes, adding the top-ranked dual threat quarterback to Louisville's 2011 recruiting class.  After putting in some work on the future, Strong was able to get Louisville a win in their first bowl appearance since 2006.  I have a feeling the Cardinals fans are pretty happy with their new head coach right now. GRADE: A-

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Offense: The Golden Eagles hit the ground running in the first quarter, with two fast scoring strikes that shellshocked the Louisville defense.  With how fast they started, the final takeaway for Southern Miss has to be a little sour on the offensive end.  In particular, two fourth quarter drives of 17 and -7 yards that both ended in punts.  If one of the highest scoring offenses can turn one of those drives into points we may be having a difference conversation.  GRADE: C  

Defense: While Southern Mississippi's ability to score quick provides an adavantage in close games, it was their defense's inability to stop Louisville from driving that ended up being their demise.  Louisville chewed up 10:52 across two drives in the fourth quarter.  Those drives only produced three points, but the time they chewed up left Southern Mississippi with only real opportunity to put together a game-winning drive.  They did not give up 40+ points or any absurd statistics, but as projected, Southern Mississippi's loss falls on the shoulders of the defense.  GRADE: D

Coaching: Head coach Larry Fedora game in with just the right gameplan: they wanted to take some chances early, keep the speed up on offense, and hit them in the face early on defense.  The only problem was being able to keep it up for 60 minutes.  Hard to put the kickoff return on the coaches, but after Wright's return in the fourth quarter the Golden Eagles never really bounced back.  GRADE: B

FINAL GRADE 
Considering the three blow outs served up in the first weekend of bowl games, the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl was a friendly change of pace.  There were big plays, a two-score comeback, and the game came down to the last minutes.  Can't ask for much more than that.  Highlighted by this incredible reverse-WR pass to quarterback Austin Davis (WHICH HE GRABS WITH ONE HAND) I must say it was a pretty good game for a pre-Christmas bowl. GRADE: B+

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

this game was southern miss's to loose considering how they came out scoring 2 quick tds, but give Charlie Strong Credit for keeping his team in it till the end when they converted




Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:51 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

This is far too much coverage for a game nobody cares about



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

i don't know about grades, but did anyone else notice all the louisville players slipping on the field?  something about the field even looked off



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

I don't know what game Patterson was watching, but the turning point of the game was the horrendous blown (no) fumble call by the officiating crew in the fourth quarter that would have given Southern Miss the ball at the Louisville 16. 

The replay official had a chance to correct an obvious error by reversing the call, but he failed to do so to the shock of the entire ESPN broadcast crew and the viewing audience. Hopefully, that guy's day job doesn't require him to use his eyes.

To their credit, Louisville took advantage of their good fortune to drive down into Louisville and kick what turned out to be the game-winning field goal.

With that being said, it was a pleasant change to see a bowl game between two evenly matched teams that played hard and showed an intense will to win.  

If the rest of the bowl games turn out like this one, college football fanatics are going to enjoy the next couple of weeks.



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Sorry but you're looking at the game's final score first then creating grades to support the outcome second.  Southern Miss's offense created 60% more first downs, 38% more total yards, had more rush yds & more pass yds, and less penalties.  No way SM's offense should be graded lower than Louisville's.  In fact Louisville generating less than 300 yds of offense it's hard to see that grade even being a 'C' much less higher like you gave them.  I'm not a fan of either team, but just watching the game it was pretty evident SM had the slightly better team and would win 6-7 times out of 10.  This game was not decided necessarily by offense or defense but the 2nd half came down to a Louisville blocked FG, a Louisville kickoff return, and a poor officiating call on a fumble that for some reason was not overturned, otherwise SM clearly outplayed LSV.


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