Michael McCammon

Cardinals host NC State in important ACC match-up

Louisville and NC State will meet for the eighth time on Saturday afternoon

LOCATION: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (55,000)
DATE:  Saturday, Oct. 22
KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Louisville Sports Properties Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Rogers
Analyst: Alex Kupper
Reporter: Jody Demling
TV:  ABC
Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen
Analyst: Brock Huar
Reporter: Allison Williams

NOTEBOOK

Saturday's game will mark the seventh meeting between the two schools, with Louisville holding a 5-1 advantage in the series.  The Cardinals won 20-13 in Raleigh, N.C. last fall.

Louisville

  • A victory over the Wolfpack would make the Cardinals bowl eligible for the seventh-straight season, and the 16th time over the last 19 seasons.
  • Louisville leads the nation in scoring at 52.3 points per game.
  • The Cardinals are looking to win their eighth straight at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
  • The U of L offense has accumulated 500 yards of total offense in six-consecutive contests.

NC State

  • The Wolfpack ranks 24th in the FBS in tackles for loss with an average of 7.3 per game in 2016. That’s the fifth-best mark in the ACC.
  • NC State have just seven turnovers in six games, which is good for 19th best in the country.
  • Punter A.J. Cole III ranks second in the ACC with a 44.8 yard average.

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KEY PLAYERS

Louisville

QB Lamar Jackson : Heisman Trophy favorite leads the nation with 15 rushing touchdowns and is fifth with 832 rushing yards.

S Josh Harvey-Clemons : Leads the Cardinals with 45 total tackles.

WR James Quick : Senior is fourth in the ACC in receiving yards per game.

DT DeAngelo Brown: Senior is second on the team with 5.0 tackles for loss.

NC State

QB Ryan Finley : 16. He ranks 2nd in the ACC and 17th in the FBS in completion percentage.

RB Matt Dayes : Ranks third in the ACC and 11th in the FBS with 111.6 rushing yards per game.

DE Bradley Chubb : Leads the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks.

DE Darian Roseboro : Ranks 17th in the ACC in sacks and 14th in tackles for loss.

QUOTABLE

NC State head coach Dave Doeren on the Cardinals offense:

"Louisville has done a great job, and obviously that starts and ends with Lamar. Not that he doesn't have great players around him, he does; he's got a lot of people that complement him, but he's really special. I know our defense is excited about the challenge"

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino on the Wolfpack defense:

"Defensively they are a physical team. They have guys up front that are very active and rush the passer. The same group of linebackers and most of the secondary guys have been battling for the last couple years. We know each other real well and we have a tremendous amount of respect for them."


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