Louisville hosts ACC rival Virginia for its final home game of the season

Louisville hosts ACC rival Virginia for its final home game of the season

Date: Nov. 7, 2015
Game Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Television: ACC Network
  Play by Play: Tom Werm
  Analyst: Renaldo Wynn
 Sideline: Niki Noto


The Weather Channel forcasts a cool and sunny day on Saturday.  Temperatures at kickoff will be in the low 50's, with a high of 54 degrees anticipated.

About the Cardinals and Cavaliers

  • Louisville enters the game on a three-game winning streak, with an overall record of 5-4 and 4-2 in the ACC.
  • Virginia comes to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 3-6 overall, 2-3 in the ACC.
  • Louisville and Virginia will meet for the fourth time in school history when the two teams face off Saturday. Virginia owns a 2-1 series advantage after last season’s 23-21 win over the Cardinals in Charlottesville, Va.
  • The Cardinals will say goodbye to a 13-person senior class that has been one of the best in school history posting a record of 37-11, including an 11-win season in 2012 and 12 wins in 2013.
  • Head coach Bobby Petrino is a perfect 10-0 on Senior Day during his collegiate coaching career, including a perfect 5-0 as head coach of the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals are allowing 42.7 yards rushing per game in gathering three-straight conference wins.
  • UVA RB Taquan Mizzell leads the nation’s running backs with 539 receiving yards and with 54 receptions.
  • Fifteen different Cavaliers have scored at least one touchdown this season. That ranks No. 2 in the ACC behind Georgia Tech’s 17.
  • Louisville sophomore cornerback Trumaine Washington ranks 16th nationally with four interceptions to lead a Cardinals defense that ranks No.4 in FBS with 15.
  • Louisville has allowed just 20 touchdown this season, giving up seven on the ground and 13 through the air, which is tied for 20th nationally.
  • The Virginia defense has recorded just two interceptions on the season.
  • Cavaliers quarterback Matt Johns has thrown an FBS-leading 14 interceptions.
  • The U of L defense has totaled 30.0 tackles for loss in the last three wins, moving up to 25th nationally with 7.3 per game.

3 Things for a UVA Win

  1. No Interceptions. Having your starting quarterback leading the country in interceptions thrown is never a good thing. When he faces a team that is among the nation's best in interceptions, it's a really bad thing.
  2. Tough D. The Louisville offense enjoyed its best outing of the season last weekend.  The Cavs must squash that momentum.
  3. Win Special Teams. UVA needs to find ways to score, but points will hard to come by.  A blocked punt or kick return would be huge.

3 Things for a U of L Win

  1. Score Early. The Cardinals have won five straight when scoring first.  Do so on Saturday and the streak extends to six.
  2. Offensive Momentum.  The offense must prove that the high output against Syracuse wasn't a one-game wonder.
  3. Dominate Defensively. Defensive domination has become the usual of late for this Cardinals squad. During the current win streak, the defense is are allowing only 10.0 points per game and 48.8 yards per game on the ground.

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