LOUISVILLE, Ky. Less than a week after coming out of a game unscathed in terms of major injuries, Utah suffered another serious setback in Friday's 44-35 win over Louisville.
Senior linebacker Kyle Brady suffered a torn Achilles in the second quarter and is likely out for the rest of the season. Brady entered the game as Utah's No. 2 tackler with 39 stops.The former Tooele High star joins a lengthy list of Utes on the sidelines. The others include offensive lineman Jason Boone (knee), tailback Matt Asiata, wide receiver A.J. Reilly (knee) and wide receiver Brent Casteel (knee).
GOLDEN GRIFF: Former Utah Jazz star and Louisville alum Darrell Griffith attended the game. The "Golden Griff," who wished everyone back in Utah well, runs a communications business and serves as a special fund-raising assistant to University of Louisville president James Ramsey.
HOME-AND-HOME: This was the first part of a two-game series between the Utes and Cardinals. The next meeting will be Sept. 26, 2009, at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah athletics director Chris Hill said no talks are currently ongoing about extending the series.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: This was was Utah's third ESPN-televised Friday night game in the past five years. The Utes came into the contest 3-0 in Friday night games, beating Oregon 17-13 in 2003, New Mexico 28-7 in 2004 and Arizona 27-24 in 2005.
WEATHER REPORT: The weather in Kentucky was unseasonably warm during the Utes' visit. When they got off the plane Thursday, it was almost 90 degrees with high humidity. One local said this week it has been a good 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. At kickoff, it was 82 degrees with 60 percent humidity.
NEW STADIUM: The Papa John's Cardinal Stadium opened in 1998, the year after the Utes played the Cardinals at the old stadium. It is located less than two miles from the famous Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held every May. All 42,000 seats are red chairbacks, and the stadium was constructed with the ability to expand in the future to as many as 80,000 seats.
TRICK PLAY: The Utes have used a few successful trick plays with the special teams this year and did it again Friday night.
As they set up to kick an apparent 29-yard field goal late in the first half, holder Bradon Godfrey stood up and fired a pass to a wide-open Matt Sims for a gain to the 2-yard line. On the next play, Darrell Mack scored to make it 27-7.Earlier this year, the Utes had been successful on a fake punt by Louie Sakoda and a run up the middle on a fake field goal by Godfrey.
RED PANTS: Perhaps in an effort to change their luck on the road, Utah wore red pants with their white jerseys for the first time on the road this season after failing miserably with all-white outfits at Oregon State and UNLV.