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Sunday, August 31, 2008
First quarter update: Scoreless at Louisville

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As befitting a game with so many unknowns, it's scorelesss after one quarter.

Both coaching staffs have gone with conservative game plans. Louisville barely moved the ball until its last series of the quarter, when it marched down to the Kentucky 21. But true freshman kicker Chris Philpott's field goal was blocked.

Neither team has taken many chances downfield. Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips is trying to ease Mike Hartline in by having him rollout of the pocket and make short, safe throws. Louisville has been consistently playing five-man fronts and showing blitz off the edge with safeties, trying to bottle up the Kentucky running game. Hartline is 5-for-5 but only has 41 yards.

Meanwhile, Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell has completed just 4-of-9 passes and has underthrown his receivers a couple of times. He left one short for 6-foot-8 wideout Josh Chichester when a high lob might have resulted in a touchdown.

This game might come down to a big special teams play or turnover, because neither team seems to have much of an edge right now.