- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bobby Petrino isn’t used to this.

The first-year Louisville coach with a reputation for creating high-powered offense has had to watch the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take small steps forward in his second stint with the program. The journey has been bumpy, as evidenced by five false start penalties in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.

Sophomore Will Gardner and freshman Reggie Bonnafon have started multiple games at quarterback and relieved each other because of ineffective play. Some of their problems have been due to the absence of deep-threat receiver DeVante Parker, who has been out all season with a foot injury.

The Cardinals are hopeful of smoothing things out Saturday against North Carolina State (4-3, 0-3), but the process has required more patience than Petrino expected.


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