Saturday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Louisville and Football Championship subdivision (FCS) foe Missouri State, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The Cardinals are 14-6-1 all-time against current members of the MVC. Louisville defeated Indiana State 30-10 in the 2009 season opener — the last time the Cardinals faced a MVC foe.
- Louisville’s all-time records against MVC foes includes a 6-3-1 mark against Indiana State, a 1-0 record with South Dakota State and a 7-3 mark against Southern Illinois.
- Head coach Charlie Strong is 2-0 all-time against FCS schools, having beaten Eastern Kentucky (23-13) in 2010 and Murray State (21-9) last season.
- The Cardinals are 87-51-3 all-time against current FCS members.
- One notable Louisville connection with Missouri State is current Bears’ athletic director Kyle Moats, who served as the Associate Athletic Director for National Marketing at Louisville from 2005-09.
Most Recent FCS Matchups for the Cardinals
- U of L 21, Murray State 9 (9/1/2011 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Will Stein threw for two touchdowns and 226 yards as Louisville beat Murray State 21-9 in the season opener for both teams. Stein was on the run when he hit DeVante Parker in coverage on a 39-yard pass in the corner of the end zone for the freshman’s first catch that gave Louisville a three-touchdown lead with 13:20 in the third quarter.
- U of L 23, Eastern Kentucky 13 (9/11/2010 – PJCS): Adam Froman passed for 219 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals beat Eastern Kentucky 23-13 in front of a crowd of 51,427 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Froman threw for 190 of his yards in the first half, including the touchdown to senior receiver Doug Beaumont, who had 83 yards on four catches and his first career touchdown. The game marked the first win for Strong as Louisville’s head coach.
- U of L 30, Indiana State 10 (9/5/2009 – PJCS): Victor Anderson ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisville to a 30-10 victory over Indiana State in the Cardinals’ season opener. Justin Burke, making his first start since his senior year of high school, completed 17 of 31 passes for 223 yards. Louisville’s defense held Indiana State to just 101 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.
- U of L 51, Tennessee Tech 10 (9/6/2008 – PJCS): Hunter Cantwell threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Victor Anderson ran for 114 yards and a score as Louisville routed Tennessee Tech 51-10. Brock Bolen added two touchdowns on the ground as Louisville rolled up 451 yards of total offense and added touchdowns on defense and special teams in the win.
- U of L 73, Murray State 10 (8/30/2007 – PJCS): Brian Brohm threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns as the Cardinals sparkled against Murray State 73-10 in the season opener for both squads. Louisville rolled up 655 yards of total offense and averaged a touchdown once every four plays in the first half. Harry Douglas caught five passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, the first on Louisville’s first play from scrimmage in the first half.