Series History Notebook: Louisville & North Carolina

Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting all-time between North Carolina and Louisville with the series deadlocked at 3-3. The Cardinals have won two of the last three meetings, but the Tar Heels did win the last encounter, 14-7 last season in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cardinals are 1-1 all-time in Louisville and won the last game, 69-14 in 2005.

  • Prior to last season’s loss at UNC, the Cardinals had won back-to-back games in the series in 2004 and 2005. The 2004 matchup was the first between the two programs since the 1996 season.

  • Louisville and North Carolina met on the football field for the first time in 1988 when the Cardinals earned a 38-34 win at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill.

  • The Cardinals are 18-37-1 against current schools from the ACC. The last time the Cardinals faced an ACC foe was a 31-24 loss to NC State in the Belk Bowl last season.

  • Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora were both part of Florida’s 2003-04 staff. Strong served as the defensive coordinator, while Fedora was the Gators’ offensive coordinator.

Most Recent Louisville-North Carolina Results

  • UNC 14, U of L 7 (10/8/2011 – Kenan Memorial Stadium – Chapel Hill, N.C.): Tailback Giovani Bernard and receiver Dwight Jones each scored touchdowns, as North Carolina overcame a slow start to win 14-7 against Louisville. Bernard gained 109 yards on 25 carries to become the first Tar Heel to rush for at least 100 yards in four straight games since 1984. Jones caught a 43-yard scoring strike from quarterback Bryn Renner. Jones won a tug-of-war with two Louisville defenders over the last four yards into the end zone. Louisville sacked Bryn Renner four times and held North Carolina to 62 yards of offense in the first half to keep the contest close. Cardinals’ kicker Chris Philpott missed field goals of 40 and 36 yards in the first half.

  • U of L 69, UNC 14 (10/8/2005 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Brian Brohm threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 23 Louisville to a 69-14 victory over North Carolina. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil had three sacks, two forced fumbles and his first career interception, and Michael Bush added three touchdowns for the Cardinals, who scored on their first eight possessions and topped 60 points for the fourth straight home game. It was the most points allowed by North Carolina, surpassing a 66-0 loss to Virginia in 1912. Louisville’s nine touchdowns was also a record for North Carolina, which has fielded teams since 1888.

  • U of L 34, UNC 0 (9/25/2004 – Kenan Memorial Stadium): Eric Shelton ran for three touchdowns and No. 24 Louisville earned its second shutout of the season with a 34-0 victory over North Carolina. Shelton rushed for 86 yards to lead the Cardinals, who improved to 3-0 for the second straight season. Brian Brohm added a touchdown run and Michael Bush ran for 82 yards. Louisville moved the ball effectively throughout the game, with Stefan LeFors going 13-for-16 with 123 yards to complement the Shelton-Bush running tandem. North Carolina came in averaging 36 points and 478 yards, but the Tar Heels finished with 222 total yards. They also committed two turnovers inside Louisville’s 20.


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