Another Clemson game, another nail-biting loss. Another solid three quarters, another fourth quarter clunker. Another chance to win, another failed opportunity.
“Good teams find a way to win, bad teams find a way to lose.”
I think that cliche is mostly true except for that I think the 2021 Louisville Cardinals are a slightly above average team with a coaching staff that continues to find ways to lose games.
I’m sure y’all have multiple ideas of when the game was lost, but that’s the most frustrating part to me. How may times did the coaching staff blow the programs first win over perennial power Clemson?
Was it when Malik went down and they played it safe with Conley? Was it when Clemson had 3-and-9 and the corner gave the Tigers’ best receiver, Justyn Ross, 10 yards of cushion and got beat underneath? It was it when Louisville had 2 yards standing between them and a huge win and they went backwards?
These are just a few of the many questions that are going to haunt Louisville fans for a long time.
I hope the same questions haunt Satterfield, and I’m sure they do, but there is a part of me that feels my blood temperature rising to a boil when I see him mucking it up and laughing with the refs during the most important officials review of the game.
At the bare minimum at least act like you’re as pissed as the fans are that you’re blowing another win.
Satterfield already isolated himself from the fanbase after flirting with South Carolina, so the least he can do to get some sympathy from the fanbase is to act like he’s pissed too.
Maybe that’s the homer in me and I’m overanalyzing, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for and I wouldn’t be bringing it up if they were winning.
The defense once again had a solid game until they needed to make a pivotal stop, which they didn’t. The offense also was a no-show in the fourth quarter for the billionth time. Another thing that happened for the billionth time was that Louisville out-gained its opponent and lost.
I don’t know what the solution is at this point. The players made the plays all night and got themselves in a position to win, but the coaching staff fell on their faces, while wearing a smile.
I don’t think there were many of us who doubted what the end result would be after Malik went down on a pivotal drive.
That was with a lead and more than a quarter left to play. I think that says a lot.
I’m not really sure what else to say about one of the most frustrating losses that I can remember in my lifetime, so I’ll leave y’all with things that continue to piss me off so that I don’t have to deal with it on my own:
With 397 yards of total offense to Clemson's 338, Louisville has now outgained its opponent in nine of its last 14 losses.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) November 7, 2021
There's not much more you can say when a team has been outscored 49-0 in the fourth quarter of its last three losses, and led all of those games IN the fourth quarter. I think the answer is giving out a bunch of FINISH T-shirts.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) November 7, 2021
In the past 2 years, Louisville has lost five games in which it was tied or ahead in the fourth quarter. Among P5 teams, only Texas has more (6, including 3 in the past month).— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) November 7, 2021