Fans encouraged to wear black to Friday night's contest

No. 7 Louisville welcomes Duke to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for an important ACC contest

LOCATION: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (55,000)
DATE:  Friday, Oct. 14
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Louisville Sports Properties Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Rogers
Analyst: Alex Kupper
Reporter: Jody Demling
Play-by-Play: Adam Amin
Analyst: Mack Brown
Reporter: Molly McGrath


While the game will mark just the fourth time that Duke has played in a Friday night contest, the Cardinals are a perfect 9-0 when playing on that night when under the direction of Bobby Petrino. 

Both Louisville and Duke have enjoyed 14 true road wins since the start of the 2013 season, tying them for the second most among Power 5 programs.

Louisville won the only other meeting between the two programs, routing the Blue Devils 40-3 in Durham, N.C. during the 2002 season. 


  • Louisville will be attempting to win the program's 500th overall game on Friday night.  In 98 seasons, the Cardinals are 499-451-17.
  • The Cardinals have won six straight home contests.
  • The Cardinals have started quick at home this season, out-scoring opponents 91-10 in the first half of the two home games.
  • U of L is 46-43-1 in the regular season when coming off a bye week.
  • The Cardinals have scored more than 35 points in five-straight games and have totaled at least 500 yards of total offense in six-consecutive games.


  • Duke is making just its third-ever trip to the Bluegrass State for a football game and first since October 28, 1933.  The Blue Devils defeated Kentucky twice in Lexington.
  • The Blue Devils are 27-136-6 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents, including just 10-56-4 versus teams among the top 10. (AP poll)
  • Duke ranks second among ACC teams in total turnovers caused with 13 on six fumbles & seven interceptions.
  • Duke ranks third in the ACC in total sacks with 20, trailing just Clemson and Pittsburgh.
  • Louisville will be Duke's first ranked opponent of the season.



QB Lamar Jackson : Despite having last weekend off, the Heisman Trophy favorite remains the nation's leader for points responsible for.  The sophomore has 28 total touchdowns - 14 passing and 14 rushing.  With five career games of 400+ yards of total offense, Jackson is only two away from equaling Chris Redman's school record of seven.

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RB Brandon Radcliff : The senior's 8.4 yards per carry average checks in at No. 13 nationally.

DB Jaire Alexander : One of the nation's top punt returners, Alexander also leads the team with three interceptions.

LB James Hearns : He's second nationally with four forced fumbles and tops the team with 4.5 sacks.


QB Daniel Jones : The redshirt freshman is the first Duke quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards during his first two ACC starts. A dual-threat QB, Jones has three rushing touchdowns this season.

WR T.J. Rahming : Leads Duke with 33 receptions, good for fourth most in the ACC and 28th nationally.

DT A.J. Wolf : The senior is No. 17 nationally and is tied for fifth in the ACC with five total sacks.

LB Ben Humphreys : In the last three games, Humphreys leads Duke with 29 tackles and 3.5 TFL. He also added his first career interception.

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Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino on Duke head coach David Cutcliffe:

"He's just a great football coach. I've been studying David for a long, long time. Early in my career he was one of the best quarterback coaches known out there and a great offensive coordinator. I remember studying a lot of what he did at Tennessee, a lot of what he did at Ole Miss. I've got tremendous respect for him, and he came into Duke and changed the culture there and made football very, very important to everybody."

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on Louisville's success:

"I cannot respect the ability or the coaching that Louisville has any more than I do. I've coached against, I don't know, over 10 national championship teams. We've played quite a few good teams since we've been here. I really mean it. I haven't seen anybody with the weapons and the completeness that this Louisville team has."


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