Coming off a disappointing 21-14 home loss to Pittsburgh, the University of Louisville hits the road to face Connecticut on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Rentschler Field. The game will be televised by the BIG EAST Network (WHAS-TV in Louisville).
Louisville had its three-game winning streak snapped with a seven-point loss to the Panthers at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Louisville offense was stifled all afternoon, amassing just 280 yards of total offense and was shut out in the first half. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 18-of-26 for 165 yards and one touchdown and was the team’s leading rusher with 54 yards on 10 carries. Collectively, the Cardinals rushed for just 115 yards and were victimized by two turnovers.
Red-shirt freshman Michaelee Harris led the Cardinals with four receptions for 38 yards.
Trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, the Cardinals got a break when they received the football on the 11-yard line after a seven-yard punt. The Cardinals needed just two plays to answer on a three-yard run by senior Victor Anderson — the 16th rushing touchdown of his career. With 49 yards on the day, Anderson moved into 10th all-time for career rushing yards with 2,176.
However, the Panthers scored on a four-yard run by Tino Sunseri to go up 21-7 with 1:53 to play. Louisville scored when Bridgewater hit Scott Radcliff with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining. Louisville recovered the on-side kick, but couldn’t do anything on the game’s final play.
Pittsburgh was able to control the line of scrimmage rushing for 200 yards on 45 carries. Sunseri was extremely efficient, going 16-of-22 for 196 yards and one score.
Louisville gave up 396 yards of total offense in the loss, but Hakeem Smith did finish the game with 13 total tackles. The Cardinals forced three sacks on the afternoon, but allowed Pittsburgh to go 7-for-14 on third down.
Connecticut is 4-5 and 2-2 in the BIG EAST after a 28-21 win over Syracuse on Nov. 5. The Huskies are coming off a bye week after the win over Syracuse.
Last Time Out Versus Connecticut (Louisville 26-0, 2010): Doug Beaumont returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and Chris Philpott kicked four field goals to lead Louisville to a 26-0 victory over Connecticut. Adam Froman completed 18 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals. Bilal Powell rushed for 105 yards on 27 carries for the Cardinals. Powell entered the game fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing, averaging 149.7 yards per game. Jordan Todman, came into the game third in rushing (152.2 yards per game) in the FBS, and was held to a season-low 80 yards on 19 carries for the Huskies. The Cardinals posted their second shutout in their last three games. Froman threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Graham in the first quarter for the only offensive touchdown of the game. Philpott kicked field goals of 39, 42, 26 and 24 yards.
Louisville: Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is 12-11 in his second season with the Cardinals.
Connecticut: Paul Pasqualoni is 4-5 in his first season as head coach of the Huskies and 145-81-1 in 20 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
|Rushing Offense||120.50 (94)||127.78 (88)|
|Passing Offense||206.10 (80)||191.00 (89)|
|Total Offense||326.60 (104)||318.78 (107)|
|Scoring Offense||19.30 (108)||22.67 (93)|
|Passing Efficiency||134.65 (53)||116.66 (97)|
|Rushing Defense||110.20 (19)||89.89 (6)|
|Passing Defense||219.20 (57)||282.56 (112)|
|Total Defense||329.40 (23)||372.44 (52)|
|Scoring Defense||18.60 (12)||22.33 (38)|
|Pass Eff. Defense||132.94 (69)||133.43 (71)|
|Turnover Margin||-.20 (77)||.22 (45)|
|Sacks||2.90 (t-14)||2.56 (24)|
|Tackles for Loss||7.60 (10)||6.67 (34)|
|Sacks Allowed||3.20 (114)||3.78 (119)|
|National rankings are in between the parentheses.|