Controversy Arises over Running Clock in Louisville's Beat Down vs. FIU

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2013

It shouldn't matter who kept the clock running during the Louisville-FIU game, as the Panthers should just be thankful that somebody was looking out for their best interest. The Cardinals headed into halftime with a 38-0 lead and it only got worse with the game ending in a score of 72-0.

The game got so far out of hand that it turned to a running clock, which seems to have sparked controversy after the domination. According to reports, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said it was mutual agreement, and FIU head coach Ron Turner said he knew nothing about it (h/t Kevin McGuire of College Football Talk).

If that isn't interesting enough, Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville reports that the officials took it upon themselves to keep the clock running:

If this is true, it's absolutely hilarious. The referees couldn't wait to get out of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium any more than the FIU players, who probably felt after the game like they wasted a road trip. Maybe forfeiting would have saved everybody a Saturday afternoon?

In all seriousness, Louisville dominated on both sides of the ball like nothing the sport has ever seen. Besides the 72 points, the Cardinals had 464 yards and were seven of 10 on third down conversions. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 77.3 percent of his passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns.

The Panthers finished with 30 yards. That's not a misprint. They had just 27 passing yards and three yards rushing. The only thing that they won all afternoon was the time of possession battle, which the Panthers led the way with 32 minutes and 20 seconds.

This game was about as lopsided as it gets. Bickering about who kept the clock running is the last thing anybody should be worried about. If anything, it prevented Louisville from dropping a cool 100 points on the lowly Panthers.