"That formation gives us a better running start to hit those D-linemen," Crawford said. "It's just a little trick, something different to throw at defenses. It helps us out as tight ends and it got us out on the flat on a couple of catches."
Tyson Gale would admit he wasn't the best guy to return a blocked extra point for a potential 2-point conversion. But the ball ricocheted to him on the fly, so he tried the 90-yard dash to the other end.
He didn't get much past midfield when he started rethinking his options. Ultimately, he got knocked out of bounds about 25 yards short of the goal line.
He owned up to his failure in good humor. Shoot, getting faked out by Victor Anderson on the Cardinals' touchdown may have tired him out.
"Because I'm slow," Gale joked. "I got tired pretty quickly. All the guys in the locker room were saying, 'Pitch it back!'
"I said, 'If you guys are so fast, why don't you run past me and block someone?' "
U of L piped in coach Charlie Strong's postgame conference on the video board and the loudspeakers. Emphasis on loud.
Since he took over as Louisville's coach in 2010, his team has lost six home games. This one clearly irritated him more than most.
"Last week in practice, we didn't practice well, so we got it today," Strong said. "Offensively¸we can't turn over the ball; we cannot have penalties at critical times. We have to be able to run the ball. Look at us on defense, don't give them the big play, go stop them. We didn't do that today."
His team committed 11 penalties for 91 yards. Those conspired to kill two Cardinal drives, aiding the Herd's go-ahead touchdown drive and helping the Herd pick up a game-ending first down.
Two or three punts came harrowingly close to getting blocked. The Cardinals were outrushed for the first time. One field goal was missed and an extra point was blocked - and could have turned into two Marshall points.
The Cardinals (2-2) also have lost to Florida International at home. For Strong, it's getting old.
"Take the two losses this year and you look at last year - South Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Kentucky, that's six losses at home. That cannot happen in your home stadium and you have to defend your house."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.