You have been waiting all season for this, the UofL vs. UK football game to close the 2015 regular season. With a desperate Kentucky team needing a win to secure bowl eligibility for the first time in five years, the Cardinals travel to Lexington looking to end any bowl aspirations of the ‘Cats for a second straight season.
Tis the season, my friends and foes. Giving thanks, sure. But giving grief, absolutely.
The week fans have had circled, underlined, and plenty of exclamation points leading up to opening weekend, because duh… It’s the most locally anticipated game of the season.
For one, the rivalry.
For two… Bowl eligibility.
As winners of five of their last six games, the Cardinals are looking to earn bowl eligibility for a sixth straight season when they face their new conference rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers, however, must win to keep their hopes of bowl eligibility alive.
The Cardinals and Cavaliers played last season in early September. The Cards jumped to an early 7-0 lead, but sacks and turnovers ultimately doomed Louisville. A fumbled punt by Louisville led to an Ian Frye 42-yard field goal with 3:42 left to lead the Cavaliers to a 23-21 upset over the #21 Cardinals.
Bobby Petrino and wide receiver Jamari Staples met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the win at Wake Forest and talk about this Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
Bobby Petrino and Reggie Bonnafon met with the media on Monday to talk about the loss to Florida State and also preview this Saturday’s game against Boston College. The transcript for Petrino is below the videos. The Cards face Boston College at 12:30 this Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Bobby Petrino spoke to the media after yesterday’s 20-13 win over NC State. Video and transcript below.
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re looking forward to going on the road and playing a very good North Carolina State team, a team that’s playing really good defense. They’re big and physical up front. Their linebackers really run and tackle. Basically, the same secondary guys that we played against a year ago. They’re also playing very good offense. I think their running backs are running really hard, big offensive front. Jacoby Brissett is doing a nice job of running their offense, being very efficient and accurate and completing a lot of passes. It’s a great challenge for us and certainly one we’re looking forward to.
Q. The environment after the first win, obviously, it was some time coming. Once the team got that, just the locker room after the game, how the team’s responded in practice, and what that’s done for you at this point going into the next game?
Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming game against NC State. He talks Lamar Jackson, updates Jeremy Smith’s injury, the offensive line, and more.
Transcript from GoCards.com
Quick comments from Lamar Jackson, Reggie Bonnafon, Trumaine Washington, and Chucky Williams.
Coach Petrino’s press conference after Louisville’s 45-3 over Samford on Saturday.
Opening statement: We did what we were supposed to do. We were supposed to perform well and win the game. I was happy for our players. I know the last three weeks have been hard on them. I was very proud of the way they approached the week and how hard we worked. The good attitude that we had. I do think we improved in practice this week. I think they had fun out on the field tonight. It was good to get the turnovers early by our defense and then offensively be able to take advantage of it. So it was a good win and now we’ve got to get ready for next week’s game.
Q: What was different about the performance tonight? Is this kind of the rhythm you’d like for your offense to have?
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday evening after practice to talk about Thursday’s game against Clemson. He recaps the Houston game a little bit, talks about the quarterback situation, the disappointment of the defense, and more.
Bobby Petrino says he has his QB for Saturday, but obviously won’t say who, and I love that. So who do YOU think it will be that starts? For all we know, the starter may play one play, one series, one half. Who knows? May play the whole game and never come out! The fifth option on the poll is interesting. Do multiple QBs play on the first snap for the Cards? Vote below!
On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.
According to Scout.com, quarterback Tyler Ferguson will be transferring from the University of Louisville. Ferguson is the former Penn State QB that transferred to Louisville, sat out last season, and was eligible to play this season. At 6’4 and 225 lbs, and with a big arm, Ferguson has great size for the position.
Over the next couple of days, and including today and yesterday, fans are able to go out and watch the Louisville Cardinals football practices. If you choose to attend any of these practices, I just ask that you don’t fall into the trap. What in the world am I talking about?
Question: You open up conference play with a Clemson team that’s picked pre-season favorite in the ACC. What is your outlook on that?
PETRINO: It’s a great conference opener for us. Obviously we need to play our opening game in Atlanta versus Auburn first, then a very good Houston team comes to Louisville and plays us on Saturday, then Clemson is a Thursday night game, a short turnaround, something that is going to challenge our players to get ready for. We have to have a good plan for it. We’ve been working hard, getting ready for that game already. They’re a very good football team with an exciting quarterback. It’s a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a great game to have at the University of Louisville, Papa John’s Stadium. That’s a fun thing being in the ACC, the teams we get to bring in on a year-to-year basis at Papa John’s.
On today’s episode of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, we discussed our favorite Bobby Petrino season opening game since he is 10-0. We talked Maverick Rowan, Jawon Pass, and more. Howie Lindsey from CardinalSports.com joined us in the second segment and gave us some great insight into the Maverick Rowan recruitment and how there may have been “miscommunication.” Click below and give it a listen!
This one is an interesting episode of “The Red Zone” as they have Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, and Reggie Bonnafon all on set. I don’t remember there ever being a time where you could say there was a legit 5-man quarterback race, and I think that is what we will have this fall when you have these three plus Tyler Ferguson and Lamar Jackson. Should be fun!