Category Archives: Football

UofL Vs Florida State 2017 Football Game (Video)

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Need some football to get you to Saturday? Check out last year’s UofL vs Florida State game, where Louisville grabbed their second straight win against the Seminoles.

Bobby Petrino Press Conference: Florida State (Video)

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite opening Atlantic Coast Conference play with a loss at Virginia, there is still plenty of season remaining for the University of Louisville football team.

The Cardinals play their first ACC home game this weekend when Florida State travels to Cardinal Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Louisville will be home for three of the next four league games.

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Uniform Report: Virginia

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Take a look at what the Cardinals will be wearing in the first true road game of 2018.

While The Cards Are Away, You Can Watch Local Recruiting Targets Play

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Card Nation, while our Cards are on the road preparing for battle against Virginia let’s hit the roads ourselves.

Here’s a list of some local high school games where a few Louisville targets will be playing tonight. Show these young kids some of the support Louisville fans have to offer.

Ballard Bruins (2-3) vs Eastern Eagles

7 pm at Eastern 

  • 3* Jared Casey
  • 3* WR Elijah Downing
  • 3* WR Josh Minkins Jr. (2020)
  • Justice Thompson unranked sophomore LB

Moore Mustangs (4-1) vs Valley Vikings 

7 pm at Moore 

  • 4* JJ Weaver (top defensive target left on Louisville’s board)

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Everything You Need to Know: Louisville at Virginia

Spread: Virginia -4.5

How to Watch / Listen: 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network (WAVE3 locally)

Last Time: Coming off a bye week, the Cards fell behind early 7-0 on a seven yard run from Chris Sharp. But Lamar Jackson answered back with a 68-yard touchdown run of his own, and from there the Cards rallied with a big win. Jackson’s 342 total yards (195 passing, 147 rushing) and four touchdowns helped Louisville secure a 38-21 win in Louisville. Also leading the way was Jaylen Smith (five receptions, 84 yards, two touchdowns) and Dae Williams (15 carries, 88 yards, one touchdown), while Louisville also compiled 493 total yards and forced two turnovers.

Louisville leads the all-time series 4-2.

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Louisville Football’s Cunningham Prepares for First Start at Quarterback (Video)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 

Malik Cunningham’s dreams become reality in just four days, when the University of Louisville football program travels to Virginia on Saturday.

On Monday, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino announced that the 6-foot-1 quarterback will be the starter against the Cavaliers in the Cardinals’ ACC opener in Charlottesville, Va.

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TWICA: September 17th

Welcome back everyone, to This Week in Cardinal Athletics! Sorry for no TWICA last week, had some personal issues come up that prevented me from getting it out, but we are back in full force this week. But that’s enough of the talking, let’s get into it!

Women’s Golf

At the Minnesota Invitational, the Cardinals finished 3rd out of 15 teams, led by junior Lauren Hartlage with a 1-under-par 215 for the tournament. Congrats go out to them on a 3rd place finish!

This Week: 09/21-23 Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee

Men’s Golf

At the Louisville Cardinal Challenge, the Cardinals finished 2nd behind tournament winner Duke, led by sophomore Matthias Schmid’s 3rd overall finish at 10-under-par. Congrats go out to our other golf team on a 2nd place finish!

This Week: IDLE

Men’s Tennis

Our Men’s Tennis team competed in 2 events last week, winning a couple games at the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, led by freshman David Mizrahi and his 3-0 Singles mark during the event, and also picked up the Doubles Title at the Commodore Scramble, with seniors Brandon Lancaster and George Hedley besting fellow Cardinals Fabien Salle and Federico Gomez 6-2 in the championship game. Good job Cards!

This Week: IDLE

#8 Field Hockey (6-2-0)

Vs #9 Boston College: W, 1-0

Vs #11 Northwestern: W, 1-0

This Week: 09/21 At #24 Wake Forest (7 PM), Prediction: W 2-0

09/23 At Appalachian State (11 AM), Prediction: W 2-0

Women’s Volleyball (7-4)

Vs #20 Kentucky: L, 0-3

Vs Chattanooga: W, 3-0

This Week: 09/21 At NC State (7 PM), Prediction: W 3-1

09/23 At North Carolina (1 PM), Prediction: W 3-2

#7 Men’s Soccer (4-1-0)

At Boston College: W, 1-0

This Week: 09/18 Vs Charlotte (7:30 PM, ACC Network Extra), Prediction: W 2-0

09/21 Vs Pittsburgh (7:30 PM, ACC Network Extra), Prediction: W 1-0

Women’s Soccer (7-1-0)

At Pittsburgh: W, 2-0

This Week: 09/20 Vs Notre Dame (7 PM), Prediction: W 3-0

09/23 Vs Syracuse (1 PM), Prediction: W 2-0

Cross Country

At the Commodore Classic, the Men’s team, led by freshman Emmanuel Cheboson’s 2nd place finish in the 8k race at a time of 24:41.9, finished 2nd behind Eastern Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Women’s team, led by an overall 1st place finish by junior Dorcas Wasike’s time of 17:09.4 in the 5k, finished in 9th place. Congrats to the Cards for a good race and a special congrats to Dorcas for her first victory in a multi-team race!

This Week: IDLE

Football (2-1)

Vs Western Kentucky: W, 20-17

This Week: At Virginia (12:30 PM, Regional Sports Network), Prediction: W 28-14

Well that wraps it up for this week folks. Again I apologize for missing last week but I will do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As always, GO CARDS!!!

 

Bobby Petrino Tweetcap: Virginia Preview

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Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Western Kentucky

Spread: Louisville -21

How to Watch / Listen: Kickoff at 7:30 ET on Fox Sports South and 790AM

Last Time: The Cards and Hilltoppers last met in 1998, when the Cards were a member of the Conference USA, and Western Kentucky a Division I-AA school.

With John L. Smith and Jack Harbaugh coaching the Cards and Hilltoppers, respectively, the Cards rolled to a 63-34 victory in Cardinal Stadium’s inaugural season. Leroy Collins tied a Louisville school record with five rushing touchdowns in that game (and had 154 yards on the ground). Led by then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino, Chris Redman also threw for 474 yards and three touchdowns.

Louisville leads the all-time series 19-12.

The State of the WKU Hilltoppers

Fast forward 20 years later, and like Louisville, WKU has made a lot of moves. They won the I-AA national championship in 2002, then transitioned to FBS football in 2009. They had some growing pains during the transition (including an 0-12 season in 2009), but regained their footing once Willie Taggart became the head coach. Taggart’s run as head coach included WKU’s first ever bowl game as an FBS member, and a big win on the road against Kentucky.

After Taggart left in 2012, WKU hired Bobby Petrino to coach the team in 2013. He would coach one season at WKU before returning to Louisville, leaving then offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm to get promoted to head coach. They would enjoy their biggest success in program history, winning back-to-back Conference USA championships and even getting the Hilltoppers their first ever top-25 ranking in the FBS. Brohm would parlay that success into taking the head coaching job at Purdue, leaving WKU to hire current head coach Mike Sanford, Jr. in 2016.

Last season, WKU finished 6-7 with an appearance in the Cure Bowl. WKU enters tomorrow’s game with an 0-2 record, losing at Wisconsin and last weekend against FCS Maine. WKU is also in their 100th season of football, like Louisville.

Key Players: WR Lucky Jackson, S Devon Key

Western Kentucky has had some of the best receivers in Conference USA in recent years, ranging from Taywan Taylor to Nacarius Fant, even tight ends like Tyler Higbee and Jack Doyle.

Once again, WKU boasts an explosive receiver in Lucky Jackson. He can line up in multiple spots and create mismatches against a Louisville secondary still trying to figure out what they have. His top end speed and route running should give him a quality outing. Jackson had four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Maine.

WKU also has a lot of reliable veterans in their linebacker group, particularly in Kentucky transfer Eli Brown and Ben Holt. But it’s sophomore safety Devon Key that has the most upside in the defense. Key had an early pick six against Maine last weekend, so if Louisville continues to struggle with their turnover margin, expect him to be a likely playmaker for the Toppers.

Key Matchups

Louisville Defensive Line v. WKU Offensive Line

Both of these units are looking to regain their confidence, after disappointing starts to their 2018 campaign. Louisville only has two sacks so far this season and has been getting pushed back by offensive lines with capable rushing attacks. WKU gave up six sacks against Maine last weekend, and was harassed constantly by Wisconsin in the week prior.

For Louisville to have success on defense, they have to get pressure on the quarterback and force some mistakes. Louisville is currently sitting at -3 in the turnover margin, thanks in large part to the fact they’ve only forced one turnover (an early fumble recovery against Alabama) and the aforementioned two sacks so far. Forcing turnovers (and not committing as many on offense, as well) would help keep an underdog like WKU from building confidence, and spurring a possible upset against their in-state foe.

Also tying into this is who will start at quarterback for WKU. Starter Drew Eckels is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game; if he can’t go, WKU will have to choose between backup Steven Duncan, true freshman Kevaris Thomas or Davis Shanley. Shanley played in their 34-3 loss at Wisconsin, completing 2-of-3 passes and had three carries for 31 yards. No matter who does, all three might help the offense, in the sense that they are more mobile than Eckels is. But their inexperience could lead to drastic mistakes on that side of the ball.

Running Back Identity

Both teams this weekend have a mutual dilemma in their running game. Louisville and WKU are still in the process of trying to find a hot hand at running back to roll with.

For WKU, look for Garland LaFrance and D’Andre Ferby to become the feature guys at that position. LaFrance had a 75-yard touchdown catch and run last week, and is already seeing the field a lot as a smaller, speedy true freshman. Ferby is a veteran power back that has played on WKU’s conference championship teams, scoring 11 touchdowns in their memorable 2015 season. Mike Sanford needs to find a consistent rotation that works with his offense, so that it can open up opportunities for Eckels to connect with his receivers and not get pressured consistently.

Louisville had some hot hands in last week’s game against Indiana State. Both Jeremy Smith and Colin Wilson ran for a combined 108 yards on 13 carries (about 8.31 yards per carry), so letting those two backs take most of the carries again seems more than ideal. Even though Puma is starting on Saturday, I’d also expect Malik Cunningham to see the field (at least in some package plays). Cunningham’s ability to scramble adds a new wrinkle to a Cards offense that is looking for someone to break through. I’d also like to see Hassan Hall and Javian Hawkins continue to get some carries as “change-of-pace” backs, ones that can go for a big play with their speed on the perimeter.

Louisville WRs v. WKU LBs & DBs

With the weather expected to be substantially better than it was last week, it’s an opportunity for Puma Pass to reset, and forget what’s happened in the first two weeks. Maine’s main formula for success last week was being able to hit deep passes on WKU’s secondary, and I’d expect Louisville to try and replicate that on Saturday.

It also sort of ties into what I mentioned about the running game. Louisville needs someone to break out at running back, so that they can use their backs to their strengths and parlay that into a strong play action. Anything that can help Louisville’s passing game (let alone getting the ball to their talented group of receivers) will go a long way to revitalizing the offense.

Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Indiana State

Spread: Louisville -45.5

How to Watch / Listen: 7 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network, WatchESPN and 790AM

Last Time: Louisville and Indiana State last met in the 2009 season opener, when Cardinal Stadium was undergoing its first major renovation by adding the upper deck to the east side of the stadium.

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Bowl Projections: 9-6-18

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USA Today released their bowl projections after week one of the college football season. They have UofL in a bowl fans are quite familiar with against an opponent the Cards have beaten down once before.

That’s right Card Nation, it’s the Belk Bowl on December 29th. UofL fans have bad memories of Teddy Bridgewater getting pummeled by NC State in the 2011 game and Nick Chubb wrecking our defense in Bobby Petrino’s first season back as coach.

The projected opponent is Florida; the team UofL beat down in the 2013 Sugar Bowl to make Kirk Herbstreit eat his words. I don’t mind this projection at all. UofL gets to beat Florida again, which their neighbors down the road haven’t done in over 30 years, and we fans get to exorcise the Belk Bowl demons that haunt our memories.

Bring on the Belk Bowl and bring on Florida…unless, of course, the Cards go 10-1 the rest of the season and make a New Year’s Six bowl.

Chris Mack Talked With Jon Rothstein On His Weekly Podcast

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Photo courtesy of 247Sports

UofL coach Chris Mack joined Jon Rothstein on his weekly “College Basketball Today” podcast Tuesday.

Coach Mack discussed why he chose to leave Xavier for UofL and what he thinks the ceiling is for the 2018-2019 Cardinals, among other topics.

Click the tweet above to give it a listen.

UofL Press Conference 9-5-18 (Video)

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UofL held a press conference this evening after practice to talk about what they learned from the loss from Alabama and what they are working on to get better as the season progresses.

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UofL Sideline Props Make Uniswag List

Turnover Belt and Touchdown Gloves

Photo Courtesy of John Ramsey’s Twitter Account (@JohnRamseyUofL)

Uniswag wrote an article about some of the top sideline props being used by college football teams this year. UofL made the list for their Muhammad Ali Turnover Belt and Touchdown Gloves.

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UofL Releases Information For Fans Regarding UofL’s Home Opener

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Nochta’s Twitter Account (@pete_nochta13)

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:

UofL Fans Information for Saturday’s Home Football Opener at Cardinal Stadium

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The first season with a sparkling new end zone expansion, an earlier entrance to parking lots for the opening game, and value menu concession options are among the items that University of Louisville football fans will notice when the Cardinals kick off their first home game of the season on Sept. 8 against Indiana State at 7 p.m.

Stadium Expansion

The north end zone expansion has completed the stadium bowl and provided many new fan experience opportunities.  The expansion includes 800 modern club seats, 68 new premium loge level boxes and 12 exclusive field level suites.  Two new 40-foot by 80-foot LED video boards in the north end zones and a new 24-foot by 92-foot video board in the south end zone provide high resolution video content.  An additional of four (4) new ribbon boards are in place throughout the stadium seating bowl.  All seating within the stadium are chair back seats, making it the only university owned and operated football stadium in the nation with that feature.

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Photo Gallery: Cardinal Stadium

 

Photo: nytimes.com

 

Today myself, Jeff Nunn & special contributor Ibn Green set foot on the turf at Cardinal Stadium. There has been a TON of progress in the past few months & we are glad to bring you the photos of that progress. We got to speak with AD Vince Tyra who almost beamed with pride when talking about what had been accomplished. He also made mention to replacing the pink seats in the future. I talked to Ibn about memories of us playing our first year at Old Cardinal Stadium then getting the privilege to finish out our careers here. “It’s crazy to see how far the stadium has come in the past 20 years. Has it been 20 years? Gosh we are old!” I then told him that he was old and not me. We marveled when being tld of everything AD Vince Tyra was & would be implementing in the upcoming season. I for one was super pumped. The players entrance is super cool & the AD explained that the player entrance would be interactive for the fans. Here is a gallery from today’s presser at the NEW Cardinal Stadium:

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UofL Football Looks For Offensive Improvements Moving Forward (Video)

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A short-term memory isn’t always a desirable trait, but in order to grow and move forward, it’s one the University of Louisville football team’s offense is adopting.

While the unit didn’t experience the success it’s achieved on a weekly basis under head coach Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals are ready to move forward and attack the 11 regular-season games that await and that begins with Saturday’s home opener against Indiana State.

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Experiences From The Alabama-UofL Game

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The Day Before the Game

First off, I’d like to thank every member of Card Nation that made the trip to Orlando. Whether it was by plane, car, or shuttle bus, thank you. Wherever we went in Orlando there were a few Cards fans; some seemed optimistic about a win, while others were just happy to see the start of the college football season regardless of the opponent.

The Morning/Afternoon of the Game Day

Going out to breakfast that morning was an adventure. Alabama fans appeared to have taken over Orlando. The amount of Louisville fans were few and far between. Perhaps our fans were still recovering from hitting up the bars and clubs the night before.

Finally, we decided to just grab a bite from IHOP. The service was great, but I could’ve done without the numerous amounts of “Roll Tide” chants; that was very annoying.

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Bobby Petrino Reflects On Alabama And Previews Indiana State In Weekly Press Conference

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic director:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There’s no question University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino was disappointed in the outcome last Saturday versus Alabama.
However, Petrino was able to pull some positives away from the 51-14 loss to the defending national champions.|

“Alabama is a very good football team,” Petrino said at his Monday press conference. “They are solid in all three phases. … I was happy Jawon Pass stayed in there and competed. He finished the game and I was impressed with his mindset.

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TWICA: September 4th

It’s that time of the week again folks, time to look at the past week of Cardinal Athletics. This week, however, I’m going to change things up. Where it is applicable, I will start offering my (not-so-expert) predictions! Without further adieu, let’s get into it!

#9 Men’s Soccer (2-0-0)

Vs Georgia State: W, 1-0

Vs Saint Louis: Cancelled b/c of weather

This Week: 09/04 At UK (7:30 PM, SEC Network+) Prediction: W 2-0

09/09 Vs #2 Duke (2 PM, ACC Network Extra) Prediction: T 1-1

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