Louisville dropped its first road game of the season, falling to Oregon State 35-28 at Reser Stadium on Sept. 18. Statistically, the Cardinals dominated the game, out-gaining the Beavers 453-319, but left at least 14 points on the table. The Cardinals were stopped on the one-yard line on the first drive of the game and quarterback Adam Froman fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback on the ensuing drive.
The Cardinals battled back from a 35-14 deficit in the third quarter to cut the lead to 35-28 on a 5-yard run by Froman and a 2-yard reception by senior tight end Cameron Graham. Louisville had three drives to tie the score, but couldn't muster the tying score.
For the third-straight game, senior running back Bilal Powell paced the Cardinals with 83 yards on 20 carries and did find the end zone for the third straight game. Froman had one of his best games as a Cardinal, completing 22-of-38 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a pair of scores in the loss.
Despite giving up a season-high 35 points, the Louisville defense had its most complete performance, giving up just 319 yards of total offense and just 142 yards through the air.
Arkansas State is 1-3 and 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference afer a 35-28 loss at Troy on Saturday. The Red Wolves have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the nation, averaging 309.5 yards per game behind the arm of Ryan Aplin's 299.0 yards a game.
The Cardinals and Red Wolves will meet for just the second time in school history on Saturday. Louisville handed Arkansas State a 21-13 defeat at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 2009 in the only other meeting between the two schools.
Noting Arkansas State
The Red Wolves dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference after a 35-28 loss at Troy last Saturday. It was their second loss by seven points or less this season. ASU opened the season with a 52-26 loss at 10th-ranked Auburn at Jordan- Hare Stadium. Arkansas State is 1-0 at home this season after a 34-20 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Head coach Steve Roberts is 30-10 all-time at Arkansas State Stadium.
Arkansas State is one of the most explosive offenses in the country, averaging a hefty 436.5 yards per contest and scoring 28.0 points per game. The Red Wolves have scored 24 or more points in every game this season, including a season-best 34 points in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.
ASU gained a ton of experience up front last season and returns all but one player that started multiple games. The o-line helped lead ASU to its most yards against an FBS opponent since 2007 last year, and also paved the way for 21 rushing touchdowns that ranked as the third most in the conference. The o-line has seven seniors that were listed on the 2-deep at the end of spring practice, giving the Red Wolves a lot of maturity in the trenches.
Quarterback Ryan Alpin has developed into one of the top passing quarterbacks in the country. After four games, Alpin ranks fifth in the country in total offense at 335.50 yards per game and ninth in total passing yards per game at 299.0. He has already thrown for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns, while completing 58.9 percent of his throws. The Red Wolves rank ninth nationally in passing offense and 29th in total offense. Alpin's favorite target in the passing game is Dwayne Frampton, who has caught 23 passes for 262 yards. He caught a season-low two passes for 11 yards in Arkansas State's 35-28 loss to Troy last Saturday.
The Red Wolves have struggled running the football, averaging just 127.0 yards per game and just 3.4 yards a carry. Alpin is also the team's leading rusher with 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Derek Lawson has also run for 145 yards and three rushing touchdowns. The Red Wolves do have eight rushing touchdowns in the first four games of the 2010 season.
On defense, the Red Wolves have had difficulties stopping the opposition, giving up 34.5 points per game and 485.0 yards of total offense. Arkansas State ranks 116th in the country in total defense and 113th in rushing defense. Javon McKinnon leads the team in tackles with 30, while Bryan Hall leads the team with 2.5 sacks and Amos Draper has 2.0 sacks. Sacks have been tough to come by in the first four games, as the Red Wolves have recorded six thus far.
In the loss to Troy on Saturday, the Red Wolves trailed most of the game, but took the lead with 50 seconds remaining on a 30-yard pass from Alpin to Allen Muse, who caught seven passes for 119 yards in the game. However, Troy scored 28 seconds later to win the game on a 17-yard pass. In the loss, the Red Wolves allowed 505 yards of total offense, including 319 yards through the air. Alpin was the team's leader passer with 237 yards and two scores, while also rushing for 89 yards in the loss.
UL vs. ASU At A Glance
Date Oct. 2, 2010
Kickoff7:00 p.m. EST
Radio WHAS 840 AM Paul Rogers (pxp); Stefan LeFors (analyst); Doug Ormay (sideline)