If you were at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium today you were entertained by a squirrel. If you were not there, you missed one of the loudest ovations of the year as the squirrel, AKA Howard Squirlenberger, scampered home for the score. His 42 yard run was the longest run of the game. Howie Lindsey reported that Howard was placed in a tree outside the stadium after he was finally captured. Watch Howard’s run here.
Justin Krueger: Louisville 59-10. The next two games should serve as confidence builders for Louisville, before heading back into conference play in October.
Kent State is 118th in rushing defense, and 126th in total offense. I’d expect Lamar Jackson to again put up absurd numbers in this one, and a super productive day from Jaylen Smith. The hope is that Malik Williams gets more touches to ease the burden on Jackson in the running game, but we’ll see how it goes the next two weeks.
As for the backups, let’s see what Puma Pass has to offer.
Jeremy Wahman: Louisville 56-3. Lamar has a huge day, and the Cards get their confidence back. 300 plus yards on the ground! 2 QB’s with 150+ yards passing
Cody Higdon: Louisville 63-3. Puma comes in the second half and has a field day.
Jeff Nunn: Louisville 48-3. The debut of Jawon Pass and a monster day for Malik Williams.
Shawn Barbour: Louisville 63-6. Basing this on my belief, the team will come out hungry for this game.
Katie Goben: Louisville 38-10. We get our first look at Jawon Pass, Jaire plays in the first quarter and Dez continues to leap over people.
Mitch Motley: Louisville 72-7. Lamar has a similar performance to the one against Charlotte last year and the backups continue to score.
Here is the what University of Louisville football team will wear tomorrow against Kent State.
How to Watch: Kickoff at noon on ACC Network.
Spread: Louisville -44 (Bovada)
Last Time: Larry Poole ran for a 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter, as the Golden Flashes held Louisville to 228 total yards in a 10-3 win. Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert was a part of the Kent State roster at the time, while current Alabama head coach Nick Saban served as an assistant under Don James.
Kent State leads the all-time series 9-8.
Meet Kent State:
Kent State enters tomorrow’s game with a 1-2 record, their lone win a seven-point victory over FCS Howard. The Flashes have yet to score a touchdown this season against FBS competition. They’ve only scored three against Clemson in the season-opener, and were shutout at Marshall last week.
Cardinal Forever, James Burgess has seen his fair share of ups and downs since leaving Louisville. He has jumped from team to team in the NFL, always right on the edge of making the final roster. Until now that is, he has found his home in Cleveland. Andrew Gribble sat down with Burgess and discussed why this time is different.
Jeremy Smith’s father has said his son plans on taking a medical redshirt for this year. This wil allow him to come back for a 5th year next year. CSZ continues to hope for a smooth recovery for Jeremy.
Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino, G.G. Robinson and Charles Standberry spoke with the media today in the weekly press conference about the Clemson game and moving forward. Read the rest of this entry
Lamar Jackson broke another ACC record on Saturday night. He now stands alone as having the most career rushing yards as a quarterback. Congratulations Lamar!
Relive some of the best moments of ESPN’s College GameDay from Saturday’s visit to the University of Louisville.
Here is a TweetCap of today’s press conference from University of Louisville Head Coach, Bobby Petrino, tight ends G.G. Robinson and Charles Standberry via @UofLFootball
Bobby Petrino, Lamar Jackson, Stacy Thomas, Jon Greenard, Jaylen Smith, Charles Standberry all met with the media after Saturday’s loss to Clemson. You can hear the frustration in their voices as they replay the game in their minds. Take a look at what they had to say below.
Remember the term “Clemsoning?” Well, it doesn’t quite mean the same thing as it initially did. Urban Dictionary defines Clemsoning as “The act of delivering an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.” It has also been defined by others as “hype combined with an inexplicable loss.” Read the rest of this entry
Lamar Jackson is a once in a lifetime player. There is nothing he can’t do. Here are just some of the highlights from him this past Saturday courtesy of Louisville Athletics and ESPN.
Courtesy of Dae Williams’ twitter (@alldae_)
Great news coming from the University of Louisville Football team today. Redshirt Freshman running back, Dae Williams, has been cleared to start practicing. Williams tore his ACL in spring practice earlier this year. We at Cardinal Sports Zone look forward to seeing Williams in action soon.
Last night, Louisville was outplayed and out-classed by the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. Clemson hoists one of the nation’s top defenses and that showed, but their offense surprisingly stole the show leading the Tigers to a 47-21 win over the Cardinals.
Louisville played a decent first quarter, Charles Standberry grabbed a touchdown from Lamar but the team wouldn’t score again until the 4th quarter. Lamar finished 21-42 for 317 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Lamar also led the team in rushing with 64 yards on 17 carries.
There really isn’t much more to add here. Louisville came into this game with the opportunity to make a statement and take control of the ACC, but whiffed miserably on that opportunity. With that being said, it was only the third game, things will be improved, Lamar is still Lamar and Jaire will be back soon. It’s never fun lose, but keep it in perspective that this season can still be very successful. Also, while there weren’t many positives from the game yesterday, it was my girlfriend’s birthday so that’s enough of a positive right there. Happy birthday Chloe, enjoy your Jordan year!
For the second year in a row, Lee Corso puts on the Cardinal bird head!
The celebrity guest picker for today’s ESPN College Gameday is the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball coach, Rick Pitino!
Junior wide receiver, Jaylen Smith, sat down with Marty Smith this week to talk about how the team has prepped for the big game against Clemson. He also talks about the tragedy he experienced his freshman year that lead him to wear the number 9. Check out the videos below.
Leading up to game day, Marty Smith took a tour around the beautiful city of Louisville. He even ran into a surprise guest along the way. Check it out below!