TALLAHASSEE, Florida (WDRB) – Sometimes, when a football program has had a disastrous season, like the University of Louisville last season, it will take some time for all systems to return online.
This was in evidence of the Cardinals on Saturday in the loss of 35-24 to Florida State at Doc Camp Stadium.
The Cardinals have shown that they can play well. They did not demonstrate the ability to finish. Playing well is one thing. Making money is different.
For two-fourths, the second and third, the Cardinals stopped making mistakes and started to make progress. For two quarters, they stopped making mistakes and started making headlines.
Headlines like, "Surprising Louisville Wins Third After Nightmare Season." half way to the bowl. "
The reason other than the headlines was that Louisville was looking at success in the face and blinked.
"We're still working at the moment," Sutherfield said. "We're improved, but we're nowhere near where we want to be. Everything is mental. It's not physical Our boys played hard. They continued to fight until the end. ,,, That's what I told them. It wasn't for the duel. We played hard. But mental mistakes really do get us. They just get it. They don't give you a chance. You give a team that has a lot of talent short of opening the door and they make these plays. If we tighten everything else up with mental things, we will be a much better football team. But we have long ways to go. "
Give credit to Louisville for the return. They were 21
This one was not. Satfieldfield faked a fumble at the end of the first half to help his team continue. They noted a break before halftime and regrouped. They did not panic. There was no finger pointing or crossing. They just kept working.
This is what you want to see. This is progress. But that is not enough.
Louisville did the hard work of coming back. When Malik Cunnigham found Dez Fitzpatrick for a 74-yard pass to take the U of L 24-21 with 14:22 left in the game, the stadium fell silent. After the defense stopped at FSU's next series, Louisville looked like he was going to throw a hammer.
The ball was moving on the ground. He entered FSU territory and was on the Seminoles 23 with just over 10 minutes to play.
On the second and one, running back went the wrong way with a running game and quarterback Malik Cunningham was fired for loss. The next game, he threw a hook. The defense, which kept the Seminoles out of the end zone for two quarters, then gave up 24 yards on second and 20. Two plays later, with a blitz called, two players went after quarterback and Tamorion Terry was wide open for "Catch of propulsion with a front capacity of 60 yards.
"It was a major bust," said Sutterfield. "We played the play before and we were with one person. He called the same blitz the next game and two guys went and let one man open the field wide. I didn't even make them work for it.
And suddenly Louisville couldn't get out of his own way.
There was a click to open his next possession and the Cards were second and 18 after one game. Even after FSU got the ball back, the Cards stopped the Seminoles and forced a field goal with 2:25 left, but they went into the kick on the try, and FSU got the ball back and hit a touchdown that ended things.  During trash, in the last game of a losing game, Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham was fired, receiving a right-leg injury that required x-rays after the game.
Louisville got back together after falling behind -0, then fell apart just as fast.
The problem, said Sutterfield, has nothing to do with physical condition or talent. It has everything to do with the mentality of his team.
"We got it by the time we're up, right?" He said. "So now, with 8 ½ and 9 minutes to get the ball and we have (three) points, somebody has to find a way to play. All the mental things we had before didn't matter at that moment. You have 8 minutes to make the plays. Let them both not shine and leave the receiver wide open. Let's not go back the wrong way. Whatever the game is, let it work. That's what we talk about All the mental things we had, we still earn. ,,, And if you just clean it all up from then on, when I say finish, that's what I'm talking about. ”
After the game, Fitzpatrick, who broke for seven catches in seven targets for 133 yards and a touchdown, went from teammate to teammate, lifting boys.
"I just told the guys, I'm proud as hell of you not giving up," he said. "This was completely different from last year. Sometimes, if you watch some of these games, I don't even like to talk about it. Somehow we sat down and let things happen. But with all this new culture and the whole new mood of this coaching staff, we don't stop. This is not the answer for us. We just come back, swinging. "
Now the team has a week off and a chance to regroup before attending Boston College in two weeks. If she does clean up her mistakes the way she attacked, reshaping her attitude, there is hope.
"All of these are phases, many mistakes," said Sutterfield. ".,, We won't win, I don't care who we play if we don't clean it,,, Cut it up as you like. Mental errors cost us the game. We need to do a better job knowing the situations when we're out in the field, down and off, and that just comes from practice and work, as well as punching and punching. I told them, "We have a week to buy this week and we can either try to heal or try to improve." we use it well to try and improve ourselves. "
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