Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
How do we handle success? That’s the message this week that head coach Charlie Strong is going to deliver to his team after a 38-35 win over West Virginia last Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. It was Louisville’s first win in Morgantown since 1990 and the first victory over the Mountaineers since 2006.
This is the exact same position the Cardinals were in about six weeks ago. Louisville defeated intrastate rival Kentucky 24-17 at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 17, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats. It was one of the biggest wins in years for the Cardinals, and certainly put the squad on an emotional high.
After a bye week following the UK win, the Cardinals dropped a 17-13 decision at home to Marshall, where they wasted several opportunities late to win the game.
This time, the Cardinals are hosting Pittsburgh (4-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday at noon. The Cardinals are looking to become bowl eligible with a win on Saturday and aren’t looking for a repeat performance that followed the Kentucky win.
It’s also the exact same position the team was in a year ago when, at 5-4, it played host to South Florida, only to lose 24-21 in overtime and then fell the following week at home to West Virginia.
“I haven’t even said anything about becoming bowl eligible,” said Strong. “I think our players are reading into it. But, I just want to make sure our focus stays on Pitt. Yesterday, what I said to them was, ‘We were in this position last year. We go lose to South Florida. Let’s just make sure we handle our business at home. It’s the last game for our seniors here at home, so let’s make sure we send them out the right way.”
The Cardinals will be looking both to avenge last year’s loss to the Panthers, where they were whipped on both sides of the football in a 20-3 loss.
Tino Sunseri (175-278-8, 1,841 yds, 8 TD)
Zach Brown (52 att., 183 yds, 4 TD)
Devin Street (33 rec., 471 yds, 2 TD)
The series is tied at 7-7, but the Panthers have won the last three meetings in impressive fashion, winning by an average of 25 points per game, including last season’s 20-3 victory at Heinz Field.