LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- You can't accuse Louisville coach Charlie Strong of being timid.
Two weeks ago, Strong went for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 39 to seal the Syracuse win. Last week, he went for it on fourth down in overtime and the gambit failed.
That didn't make him more cautious this week. Strong called for a fake punt from his own territory in the second quarter, and punter Chris Philpott showed off some surprisingly good wheels in running for 21 yards and the first down. On the very next play, the Cardinals called a double-reverse pass, which should have been intercepted by Keith Tandy. But Tandy, the Big East's interceptions leader, dropped the ball.
You can't blame Strong for taking chances, because his team can't run the ball against the West Virginia defense. The Big East's leading rushing team had seven rushes for negative-9 yards in the first quarter. This isn't a good enough passing offense to succeed without the run game, so Louisville might have to do some unconventional things in a game which it trails 7-3.