CARDS EXTEND BOWL STREAKLouisville is extending its bowl streak to two games after accepting a bid to the the Belk Bowl. The Cardinals snapped a three-game bowl hiatuslast season by earning a trip to the Beef ‘O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg. Louisville went on to defeat Southern Mississippi 31-28. Louisville has advanced to post-season play 11 times in the last 14 seasons.
STRONG GOES TO CONSECUTIVE BOWLSHead coach Charlie Strong has done something that only two others coaches have done in the history of U of L — advance to bowls in their first two seasons.
Strong becomes the third coach to take his team to bowl games in their first two campaigns, matching John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino. Smith went to the Motor City Bowl in 1998 and the Humanitarian Bowl in 1999. Petrino also went to two straight bowls by going to the GMAC Bowl in 2003 and the Liberty Bowl in 2004.
Strong took over a program that had missed post-season play for three-straight seasons before going to the Beef ‘O'Brady's Bowl in 2010 and the Belk Bowl this season.
NC STATE-LOUISVILLE CONNECTIONSLouisville offensive line coach Dave Borbely coached with NC State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/wide receivers coach Dana Bible at Stanford from 1995-97.
Louisville running backs coach/special teams coordinator Kenny Carter worked with NC State offensive line coach Jim Bridge at The Citadel from 1996-98.
Louisville linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary and NC State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta served on the Georgia Tech staff from 2004-07.
Louisville quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson coached with Bible at Miami (OH) in 1989.
NC State tight ends coach Don Horton served as Watson's offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois when Watson was the head coach there from 1994-96.
Louisville graduate assistant Justin Burke attended NC State from 2006-07. Burke red-shirted in 2006 before seeing limited action in 2007.
NC STATE-LOUISVILLE SERIES NOTESLouisville leads the all-time series 3-0.
Louisville has out-scored NC State 90-26.
The Cardinals have won each game by at least 19 points.
Art Carmody broke the NCAA record for most career extra points when he nailed his 227th against NC State in 2007.
Louisville used a well-balanced offensive attack to beat NC State 29-10 in 2007. The Cardinals passed for 251 yards and rushed for 247.
Louisville's running game picked up a struggling Brian Brohm in the 2007 meeting. The Wolfpack defense held Brohm to 20-for-33 passing for 251 yards, but Brock Bolen rushed for 112 yards and Anthony Allen added 85 to lead the rushing attack.
Lamar Myers led the defense in 2007 with 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
NC State turned the ball over five times in the 2007 contest and were held to 85 yards on the ground.
Anthony Shelman rushed for 139 yards on 27 carries in 1994.
The Wolfpack fumbled eight times and lost six of those fumbles against the Cardinals in 1994. Both totals are the most by a Louisville opponent in games dating back to 1989.
SAY GOODBYE TO SENIORSThe Cardinals said farewell to 17 seniors on Nov. 12 in the regular season home finale against Pittsburgh.
The 2011 senior class consists of Victor Anderson, Josh Bellamy, Josh Bleser, Lincoln Carr, Joe Castaneda, Josh Chichester, John Clark, Anthony Conner, Mike Evans, Hector Hernandez, Dexter Heyman, Kenneth Jaboin, Ryan Kessling, Chris Philpott, William Savoy, Greg Scruggs and Terence Simien.
The 2011 senior class owns a record of 29-31 over their four years, including a win in the 2010 Beef ‘O'Brady's Bowl last year.