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A look back at the series between Louisville and Clemson prior to Saturday's game at 8 o'clock in Clemson, S.C.

Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly look at the series between the University of Louisville and that week's opponent. Well, this week is a huge ACC road game for the Cardinals when Louisville travels to play Clemson in Death Valley. The Cardinals will play the Tigers in the ACC Atlantic Division contest at 8 o'clock on Saturday.

The University of Louisville football team makes another trip to Clemson, S.C., this weekend.

The Cardinals visited Clemson two years ago - the first in the ACC for U of L - and the Tigers made the trip to Louisville last season. Clemson has won both of the previous meetings but just by a combined nine points.

"The last two years, you talk about some knock-down drag-outs with those guys," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "It went down to the last play. We were fortunate to win both games."

The game is slated for 8 o'clock on Saturday in Clemson Memorial Stadium. A sellout crowd of 81,500 is expected.

The 2014 game was  23-17 win by Clemson after Louisville turned the ball over on downs on its final possession after having it third-and-goal at the two but Will Gardner had to spike the ball on second down and on third down. His pass on fourth down was batted down and incomplete and the Tigers ran out the clock for the win.

U of L true freshman Reggie Bonnafon started the game for the Cardinals at quarterback, while Gardner finished 10 of 16 for 150 yards.

"It was loud in there," Bonnafon recalls. "We have a lot of guys that were able to go there two years ago, so we will be prepared for it and we are excited about the opportunity."

It was a 20-17 win by Clemson last season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. John Wallace missed a 38-yard field goal and the Cardinals had an interception on their final two possessions of the game.

"Hopefully (the two previous games against Clemson), it gives us confidence that we're right there to compete with them," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "We need to learn how to finish games in the fourth quarter and the opportunities are there.

"We just need to take advantage of them."


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