After a 23-16 season opening loss to rival Kentucky on national television, first-year head coach Charlie Strong was hoping his Louisville Cardinals would take flight Saturday against FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky.
That wasn't completely the case, as a 23-point burst in the second quarter was all Louisville's offense could muster against a Colonel team who lost 31-9 to Missouri State in Week 1.
The Cardinals did accumulate 388 yards of total offense and quarterback Adam Froman threw for 219 yards and a touchdown, but Strong was unhappy with his team's ability to score on drives in the second half.
"Guys just have to finish the game," Strong told reporters after the win. "Guys get relaxed, thinking the game is over and their focus and concentration misses. We will have to talk about at halftime is that we still have 30 minutes to play. So let's not sit back and relax. Let's keep playing and keep playing hard. That is what we didn't do."
Regardless, Strong was relieved to notch his first win as head coach. He has spent the last seven years at Florida as a defensive coordinator, and admitted on Saturday that, "it was so good to get that win."
Louisville's defense held Eastern Kentucky to 230 yards of total offense, and Strong felt his team controlled the game from start to finish. Still, they were only 2-of-10 converting third downs in the game.
His Louisville team will now travel into Corvallis with a 1-1 record. The Beavers are well-rested coming off a bye week, and have had time to improve from their season opening loss to TCU.
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