Game Preview: Louisville at Boston College

Cardinal Authority provides a primer for Saturday's game between the Cardinals and Eagles. Kickoff between Louisville - Boston College is set for 7:30 pm.

Game Details

Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 - Bob Wischusen (Play-By-Play), Matt Millen (Analyst), Quint Kessenich (Reporter)
Radio: WHAS 840 AM, Learfield Sports Network – Paul Rogers (Play-By-Play), Tony Hill (Analyst)
Surface: FieldTurf

The Backdrop

Louisville (6-3, 4-3) enters Saturday's contest against Boston College (6-3, 3-2) looking to rebound from a loss to Florida State last week, while the Eagles are coming off a 33-31 victory at Virginia Tech.

The game will pit the Eagles rush attack, which ranks ninth in the nation versus the Cardinals top-rated defense. Quarterback Tyler Murphy leads the Eagles ground attack, averaging 107 yards per outing, while the team's top two backs gain an additional 108 yards per game.

The Louisville defense, which will be without starting linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin due to injury, has been stout against the run all season, giving up only 78 yards per game.

The game is Louisville's final ACC contest of the season.

Series History

Louisville and Boston College will meet for the seventh time on Saturday with the tied at 3-3. The two schools haven’t faced each other since 1998 when the Cardinals defeated Boston College 52-28 for the first win ever in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.The Cardinals are making their first trip to Chestnut Hills since suffering a 33-3 loss to the Eagles in 1991. The Eagles are 2-1 all-time against the Cardinals at Boston College. Louisville defeated Boston College 36-22 in 1989 and lost 41-7 in 1986.

About the Eagles

**Boston College is the only team in the nation that ranks in the top 10 for rushing offense and rushing defense.

**In six wins this season, BC has out-rushed its opponents 1,973 to 222.

**BC can hold onto the ball too as the Eagles did not lose a fumble for the first five games of the season and have lost only two on the year. They are tied with five other schools for third in the FBS for the feat.

**The Eagles offensive line has allowed just 14 sacks all season and has not allowed a sack on three different occasions.

Statistical Comparison

Noteworthy

**The Cardinals need to win their final three games versus Boston College, Notre Dame and Kentucky to guarantee Petrino’s fifth straight nine-win season with the Cardinals. Petrino is 47-12 in five seasons at Louisville

**Louisville coach Bobby Petrino went 12-5 against ACC teams as head coach of the Cardinals from 2003-06 and since taking over this season. The 12 wins include a BCS win over Wake Forest in the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl, while two of his losses came this season to Virginia and Clemson in the Cardinals’ first season in the ACC. Petrino is 2-2 in ACC home games and 2-2 in ACC road games.

**Louisville is 10-1 under head coach Bobby Petrino following a loss. Twice this season Louisville has been victorious the following week after losing.

**Since 2009, Louisville is 15-12 in games decided by seven points or less. Head coach Bobby Petrino is 5-7 at Louisville in games decided by seven points or less and 28-10 during his coaching career after the 23-17 loss to Clemson on Oct. 11.

**Senior wide receiver DeVante Parker has caught 17 passes for 346 yards in his first two games. Parker is averaging 173.0 yards per game this season after recording 214 yards in the loss to FSU.

**In 59 games under Petrino, Louisville’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and Louisville will more than likely win as the Cardinals are 45-9 under Petrino when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Cardinals are 27-1. An even more telling stat is that when Louisville rushes for 100-plus yards and holds the opponents to fewer than 100 yards, the Cardinals are 26-0.

**Louisville is tied with Mississippi for the national lead with 18 interceptions after recording three versus Florida State.

**Louisville is 26-1 under head coach Bobby Petrino when winning the turnover battle, suffering their first loss last week versus Florida State. The Cardinals turned Florida State over three times and committed two turnovers in the loss.

**The Louisville defense has allowed just four rushing touchdowns this season.

Social Updates

Cardinal Authority's Jody Demling and Michael McCammon will provide updates before, during and after the game via the Cardinal Authority forums and social media.

Beginning near kickoff, Cardinal Authority will host a live game thread in the Insiders forum, which is located here. Fans are encouraged to participate in the discussion. Additionally, will be a game thread in the Cardinal Authority football forum, The CardMarch, located here.

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VIDEO

University of Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham discusses the Cardinals challenge of slowing the Boston College running game.


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