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).
Strong says the running clock was mutually agreed upon in the remainder of the second half— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) September 21, 2013
#FIU Turner said he didn't request a running clock nor did officials talk to him about one— David Neal (@DavidJNeal) September 21, 2013
Running clock details. Refs called clock operators at halftime. It was an "unofficial" arrangement.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 21, 2013
Refs told operators to keep it going on out-of-bounds plays and incomplete passes. Cued the operator with hand signals on the field.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 21, 2013
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.