Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
LIVE TV: ESPNU
[Clay Matvick, play-by-play;
David Diaz-Infante, color analyst]
Steve Kragthrope is in his third season at Louisville with a record of 12-13 (.480) and seventh overall with a record of 41-35 (.539). Kragthrope serves as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator is Brent Guy.
Rich Brooks is in his seventh season at Kentucky with a record of 33-41 (.446) and 19th overall with a record of 124-150-4 (.453). The Wildcats' offensive coordinator is Randy Sanders and Steve Brown serves as the defensive coordinator.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LOUISVILLE HAS THE BALL
QB Justin Burke completed 17-of-31 passes for 223 yards with two interceptions in his first collegiate start. After starting the game 1-of-8 passing, he completed his next six straight passes. RB Victor Anderson gained 93 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns, his sixth career game with over 90 rushing yards. It was the second time in his career that he scored as many as two touchdowns in a game. Senior wide receiver Scott Long made his much anticipated return to the lineup last Saturday versus Indiana State. Senior cornerback Trevard Lindley was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the season-opening victory vs. Miami. Lindley had an interception, three pass breakups and three tackles against the RedHawks. He returned the interception 25 yards for a touchdown, marking the third consecutive season he has tallied a defensive TD. Lindley's three breakups give him 37 in his career, moving him up to eighth place on the SEC career list. The Wildcats linebackers are led by senior Micah Johnson, who earned first-team Coaches All-SEC honors last season. Corey Peters has 99 tackles in his career, including 16 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN KENTUCKY HAS THE BALL
LB Jon Dempsey led the Cardinals with 10 total tackles (7 tackles, 3 assisted stops) last week. He has double-digit total tackles in his last three straight games (9 tackles, 1 assist vs. West Virginia; 4 tackles, 7 assists at Rutgers last season). DE William Savoy's sack of ISU QB Chris Stutzreim on the Sycamores' first drive of the third quarter was the first sack the Cardinals' defense has registered in six games. SS Terence Simien and Brandon Heath both produced their first career interception in the game. Randall Cobb is proving to be a utility player for the Wildcats. He is playing primarily at wide receiver this season, with occasional action at quarterback in the "Wildcat" formation and he serves as UK's primary punt returner. In the season opener, Cobb totaled seven receptions for a career-high 96 yards and charted a rushing and receiving touchdown for the first time in the same game. Junior-college transfer Chris Matthews came up big in his first UK game as he caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown against Miami. In the season opener, Hartline was 18-of-27 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He completed passes to six different receivers.
Senior special teams specialist Trent Guy had a solid night returning kickoffs and punts for the Cardinals in the opener. Guy returned three kicks for 100 yards, which was a 33.3 yard average. Guy is tied for 10th in the country in kickoff return yardage. The 5-9 speedster also averaged 17.0 yards a punt return, which ranks 13th in the country. K Ryan Payne booted three field goals versus Indiana State.
Senior Lones Seiber and sophomore Ryan Tydlacka are contending for the field goal/extra point duties. Seiber has 238 points in his career, only eight shy of the school record. His career-long field goal is 48 yards, done three times. Tydlacka saw brief action last year, making 3-of-6 field goals, including a 51-yarder. Tydlacka inherits fulltime punting duties from departed All-SEC punter Tim Masthay. In the season opener vs. Miami, Tydlacka punted the ball very well, booting two 50-plus yarders with one inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 44.5 yards on four punts.