Series History Notebook: Louisville & Temple

Saturday’s game (Noon ET, ABC) will be the sixth meeting all-time between Louisville and Temple on the football field with the Owls holding a slim 3-2 advantage in a series that dates back to 1980. After Temple won the first three matchups between the schools in 1980 (17-12), 1982 (55-14) and 1983 (24-3), the Cardinals have won each of the last two meetings, including a 62-0 thumping in Philadelphia in the most recent contest in 2006. Louisville is 1-0 all-time against Temple at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium winning 21-12 in 2003. However, the Owls do hold a 2-1 series lead in games played in the city of Louisville.

  • Saturday’s game will be the first ever meeting between the two programs as members of the BIG EAST Conference.

  • Louisville has no players on its roster from the state of Pennsylvania and Temple has no players on its roster from the state of Kentucky.

  • U of L head coach Charlie Strong, Temple head coach Steve Addazio and Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater were a part of Florida’s staff from 2005-09.

  • Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Kenny Carter were on Florida’s staff with Addazio and Heater from 2008-09.

  • Louisville offensive line coach Dave Borbely coached at Temple from 1989-91.

Last Two Louisville-Temple Results

  • UofL 62, Temple 0 – (9/9/2006 – Lincoln Financial Field): George Stripling and Sergio Spencer each ran for two touchdowns, ably filling in for Michael Bush, to lead No. 13 Louisville to a 62-0 win over Temple. Kurt Quarterman and Kolby Smith added touchdown runs for the Cardinals and Brian Brohm threw for 307 yards and a score in their biggest win since beating Cincinnati 70-7 in 2004. Mario Urrutia had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, and the Cardinals finished with 671 yards of total offense – the fifth-highest total in school history. The winning margin on the road was the third-highest in team history. Louisville finished with 312 yards rushing on 43 attempts, and a whopping 7.3 yards per carry. On fourth-and-4 at the Louisville 39 late in the first half, Stripling turned a catch in the flat into a 43-yard gain down the right sideline. Two plays later, Spencer scored on a 1-yard run for a 42-0 lead.

  • UofL 21, Temple 12 – (9/27/2003 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Stefan LeFors threw two early touchdown passes before suffering a concussion and Louisville improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1993 with a 21-12 win over Temple. LeFors went 5-for-7 for 100 yards. He took a hard hit from Temple safety Sadeke Konte on Louisville’s second possession. LeFors threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Richard Owens four plays later, but his day was over. Redshirt freshman Justin Rascati replaced LeFors and struggled, going 8-of-16 for 97 yards with two interceptions. Temple starting quarterback Mike McGann went 24-of-45 for 304 yards with a touchdown pass for the Owls. The Cardinals needed only 55 seconds to take a 7-0 lead, scoring on their first possession for the third time in four games. On second down from the Louisville 45, LeFors found J.R. Russell on a crossing route and the junior receiver weaved through Temple’s defense to the end zone. On Louisville’s next drive, LeFors took the Konte hit on a 6-yard scramble. Rascati, who saw his first action against UTEP, threw an interception on his second throw, but guided the Cardinals to another touchdown just before halftime. Tight end Ronnie Ghent made a juggling catch in the front corner of the end zone with six seconds left for a 21-0 Louisville lead. The Cardinals held the Owls to minus-12 rushing yards in the first half.


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