Cardinal Authority provides a closer look at Saturday's game between the Cardinals and Wolfpack

Cardinal Authority provides a closer look at Louisville's road trip to NC State

Date: Oct. 3, 2015
Game Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
Television: ACC Network
  Play by Play: Tim Brant
  Analyst: Dave Archer
 Sideline: Roddy Jones


  • Expect a lot of moisture. In fact, the area is under a flash flood watch through Sunday. Here's the Weather Channel game day forcast for Raleigh: Rain. High around 70F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Localized flooding is possible. Wind NE 18 mph

About the Cardinals and Wolfpack:

  • Louisville makes its first true road test of the season this weekend.  The Cardinals opened the 2015 campaign at the Georgia Dome against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff and then returned home for three consecutive contests.
  • The Cardinals claimed their first victory of the season last Saturday, defeating FCS opponent Samford 45-3. U of L's three losses are by a combined 13 points.
  • NC State improved to 4-0 overall with a 63-13 win at South Alabama on Sept. 26 behind 104 yards and three touchdowns by running back Matthew Hayes and two touchdown throws by quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
  • Louisville leads the all-time series 4-1 and won the last meeting 30-18 last season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
  • NC State enters the Louisville game holding the longest current win streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference, having won its last seven games dating back to last season. It marks the most consecutive wins for the Wolfpack since the 2002 campaign, when the Wolfpack opened the season 9-0 en route to an 11-3 campaign.
  • The Wolfpack have won five straight at home.
  • Head coach Bobby Petrino’s teams are 2-3 in road conference openers during his tenure at Louisville, including a 23-21 loss to Virginia in UofL’s ACC road opener last season.
  • NC State QB Jacoby Brissett is the national leader in completion percentage with a .779 mark. Brissett has now thrown 189 straight passes without an interception, ranks 14th nationally in passing efficiency.
  • Wolfpack running back Matt Dayes is the FBS leader in rushing touchdowns with nine for the season. He ranks seventh in overall scoring and 20th in rushing yards per game.
  • For a second consecutive season, Louisville leads the nation in interceptions.  The Cardinals defense is currently tops in FBS with nine picks, with all but one (James Burgess) coming from the rebuilt secondary.
  • U of L freshman Lamar Jackson set the school record for rushing yards for a quarterback at Louisville with 184 yards in the Cardinals’ 45-3 victory over Samford on Saturday. He ranks seventh in school history for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with four and needs just four more to set a new record.
  • While there is little comparison to the two program's strength of schedules through four games, with Louisville facing the more challenging start, the Wolfpack lead Cardinals in most NCAA statistical categories. NC State ranks No.28 in total offense, while their defense checks in at No.3 in the nation.  Louisville ranks No.70 in total offense and No.46 in total defense.

For NC State to win:

  • The Wolfpack must continue to do what they've done through four games.  Dominate in the running game coupled with high-efficiency in the passing attack.  The defense has surrendered little and will be aggressive in attacking the Cardinals developing offensive line.
  • Limit Lamar Jackson's ability to create with his legs.  If he finds open room consistently on Saturday, another U of L record may fall.
  • Feed off the crowd.  Louisville's young team faced a large crowd in its opener against Auburn, but it has yet to enter a completely hostile environment.

For Louisville to win:

  • Don't hurt themselves.  No foolish red zone or drive-killing penalties and win the turnover battle.
  • Get a lead and protect it.  A common theme from the U of L football complex this week is that the Cardinals need to get a lead and protect.  It'll allow a more aggressive defense and a more balanced offensive attack.
  • Slow the run! The Wolfpack enter the contest averaging 5.1 yards per carry.  That can't happen on Saturday.

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