Louisville CardFile: Georgia Tech

In the Year of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred Sixteen, the Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech under the mentorship of one John Heisman — yeah, the award namesake — was the victor in the most lopsided game in the history of college pigskin.

Against the woeful Cumberland College Bulldogs, Tech scored 63 points in the 1st Q, 63 points again in the 2d, 54 in the 3d, and a mere 42 in the 4th.

Final score Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0.

Even though Georgia Tech scored only 66 last night at Cardinal Stadium before an increasingly irritable gathering of Cardinal faithful, this nationally televised embarrassment of a beatdown sure felt like the most lopsided L in U of L history.

Louisville could not stop Georgia Tech.

Not figuratively.


Other than when the visitors got the ball back with :28 to play to run one play and get the thing mercifully concluded, Georgia Tech had the ball for nine possessions.

They scored on all nine. Eight TDs. A field goal.

And, as an exclamation point, with 2:18 left, scrub Tech safety Juanyeh Thomas scampered unimpeded 95 yards for a Pick Six.

Georgia Tech 66, Louisville 31.

To invoke a bit of irony, an old sportswriter’s trope, the game wasn’t nearly that close.

Coach Bobby Petrino: “”I did think that we competed extremely hard in the second quarter.”

Which leaves 45 minutes of action when U of L hardly competed, if at all.

There were a couple of bright spots, at least on offense. Puma Pass showed some improvement. Tutu Atwell put his gazelle like speed up for show. Jordan Travis showed some flair.

There may have been a few other positives, but, frankly, so numb am I the morning after, when fashioning this, I can’t recall. And my eyes are too blurry to read my notes.

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My apologies for the lack of any more game breakdown here.

There simply doesn’t seem to be any need.

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Not that he hasn’t already tiptoed through some minefields in his still young stint as Louisville AD, Vince Tyra, understand this is where the rubber meets the road.

You some decisionin’ to do.

If we didn’t already know that Bobby Petrino II wasn’t going to come close to being as successful as Era I, we did on the first drive of the evening, when he yet again fell prey to his default aggressive play calling on 4th and 1 at midfield. Instead of relying on his OL to carve out a 1/2 yard hole for a sneak by his neophyte QB still searching for his confidence, Petrino gambled.

In the context of the entire situation, it was arguably as egregious a choice as he made last week.

So, like I said, Vince Tyra has got a decision to make.

Need I iterate what it is?

Despite a smattering of successful moments through the decades, U of L is not a school with a grande football tradition.

Like, say, Texas A&M, there isn’t a phalanx of good ol’ boy former walk ons who made it big in tech or coal or oil or bourbon who live and die Cardinal football who can be called upon to gladly cough up the millions of pocket lettuce necessary to buy out Bobby Petrino and bid him a fond adieu.

The question is how long U of L fans will be stuck with Petrino and his cast of generally incapable assistants? I mean, we now know, right, why Brian Kelly fired retread Brian Van Gorder literally midseason, figuratively along the sideline during a game.

It’s hard to conjure more than a victory or two the rest of this campaign, short of a miraculous turnaround. Or bargain with Lucifer, like Robert Johnson is alleged to have made at a crossroad in the Delta to become a blues guitar master.

What a woeful mess this is.

— Seedy K

5 thoughts on “Louisville CardFile: Georgia Tech

  1. There’s a saying in business that you should never hire ANYONE you cant fire. That is perhaps one of his larger problems. That and his rep for treating assistant coaches like dirt and no one wants to put up with that…which is part of the first issue. I believe this is a coaching issue…teaching, disciplining and recruiting. If he can’t or won’t fix the problem, he should be fired..

  2. I can’t remember the T.W. Alley era, so I can’t comment on his coaching prowess or lack thereof. But to the late Bob Weber, I owe an apology. In 1984, when a big, slow Murray State kick returner named Byrd returned a kickoff 100 yards in the final minute to win the game, breaking 6 tackles in the process, I thought Louisville football had reached an all-time low. It had not. When Ron Cooper “led” the Cards to a 1-11 campaign in 1997, I thought the same thing. So I owe Cooper an apology as well. Ditto for Steve Kragthorpe, who took the program on a steep descent from his first game against Murray State and was at the helm for the beat down at Rutgers. I was wrong about all. The gold standard for Cardinal ineptitude is now one Robert Petrino, the former genius. But thanks to Tom Jurich and his generosity with the checkbook, we are stuck with him for a while.

  3. There are two positives from Friday night’s debacle. The first is the performance of our QB of the future Jordan Travis. For a while there I thought I was watching the second coming of Lamar Jackson. He should now move up to #2 QB, but if the season continues to go down the tubes we should probably redshirt him.The other is that the UK game probably becomes our Bowl game and that will mean we take down the Cats on 24NOV and nothing you can say will make me think otherwise !

  4. Football teams/programs are like buildings. You have to start with a sufficient foundation. The better the foundation, the higher you can build.

    I thought throughout the last 3plus decades, we had constructed a pretty solid foundation. I guess I was wrong. We are now, somehow become, a mere 2 years from being in the hunt of a Nattie, one of the worst 2 or 3 Power 5 teams and probably in the lower half of all FBS teams outside of the Power 5.

    I wish I knew how to fix it, but I suspect we will have to raze the building to develop a sufficient foundation. Not to say we don’t have some advantages now that we didn’t have before–top notch facilities, a sparkling new (and largely empty) stadium and a Heisman trophy winner a mere two seasons ago. But if our lead architect cannot shore up the bricks, we’re going to need to start from scratch—again.

  5. Just speculating on the hypothethical; Is this what happens when Adidas misses the football payroll for September?

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