Saturday’s matchup (Noon ET, ABC) will be the ninth meeting all-time between Louisville and Connecticut on the gridiron with the Cardinals holding a 5-3 advantage in a series that dates back to 2000. UofL has won each of the last two games in the series as the Cardinals won 34-20 last season at Rentschler Field and 26-0 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in 2010. The 2010 game marked Louisville’s first shutout as members of the BIG EAST Conference. Prior to the Cardinals’ back-to-back wins, the Huskies had won three straight in the series with their last victory coming in East Harford, Conn., 38-25 in 2009.
- At home, the Cardinals are 3-1 all-time versus Connecticut, but have split the last two meetings at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Connecticut took a 26-21 victory over Louisville in 2008.
- Louisville owns a 4-3 mark as members of the BIG EAST Conference against Connecticut.
- Cardinals’ head coach Charlie Strong is 2-0 in his career against UConn, while Huskies’ head coach Paul Pasqualoni is 1-2 in his career (at UConn and Syracuse) against UofL.
- Louisville does not have any players on its roster from the state of Connecticut and the Huskies have no players on their roster from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Most Recent Louisville-Connecticut Results
- UofL 34, UConn 20 – (11/19/11 – Rentschler Field): Teddy Bridgewater threw for 174 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns as Louisville beat Connecticut 34-20. Victor Anderson added 72 yards rushing for Louisville, which kept its BIG EAST title hopes alive in a tightly packed conference. Bridgewater completed 14 of 22 passes with an interception. Cornerback Adrian Bushell started the scoring festivities immediately, as he opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put Louisville ahead, 7-0. Bushell, who only took 15 seconds to sprint the length of the field, became the fourth player in program history to record a 100-yard kickoff return. Johnny McEntee was 18 of 43 passing for 253 yards for UConn. Kashif Moore caught six passes for 110 yards and a TD and also scored a rushing touchdown.
- UofL 26, UConn 0 – (10/23/10 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): 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, was held to a season-low 80 yards on 19 carries for the Huskies.
- UConn 38, UofL 25 – (10/17/09 – Rentschler Field): Andre Dixon ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns and Connecticut beat Louisville 38-25 for the Huskies’ first BIG EAST win of the season. Cody Endres threw for 273 yards and a touchdown as UConn beat the Cardinals for the third consecutive season. Marcus Easley had 108 receiving yards, including a 16-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Endres that helped UConn blow open a 14-13 game with 17 third quarter points. Louisville quarterback Adam Froman threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4-yard scoring pass on the game’s final play.