Second quarter update: Kentucky ahead, 10-0

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If you don't have ties to the Bluegrass State and you still plan on watching this second half, you either really love football or really don't have much else to do.

In a word, this game has been U-G-L-Y.

Unless, that is, you like dropped passes, missed open receivers, fumbles, personal fouls and bad special teams.

Louisville fans had hoped their team would be much more fundamentally sound after a season of mistakes under Steve Kragthorpe last year. So far, nope.

The biggest problem for the Cards, though, has been special teams. They had a kick blocked, gave Kentucky a first down by having 12 men on the field for a punt and have been poor in punt coverage.

The only touchdown has come, appropriately enough, on a turnover. Bilal Powell coughed it up after being hit by Myron Pryor, and Ashton Cobb ran it in from 28 yards out.

Here's how Kentucky capitalized on that momentum and its 10-0 lead. Lones Seiber kicked the ball out of bounds on the ensuing kickoff, then gave up a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

The Cardinals got down to the 21 yard line but were stopped on fourth-and-inches.

Bad, bad football.

I'm almost always in favor of going for it on fourth and short, especially at home. But in this game, with points so hard to come by, I think the Cardinals should have kicked.

I'm surprised how shaky Hunter Cantwell has looked. His receivers haven't been great, but the Louisville quarterback has consistently underthrown his passes all day. For a guy with a cannon arm, that's inexplicable. He's just 7-of-18 for 53 yards.

OK, a few bright spots: Kentucky's defensive line has gotten pressure, Kentucky cornerback David Jones has provided terrific coverage and um, yeah.

Total yards: 218. That's both teams combined.