Louisville visits Boston College for an ACC meeting on Saturday afternoon

No. 5 Louisville meets Boston College for the ninth time in program history

LOCATION: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hills, Mass. (44,500)
DATE:  Saturday, Nov. 6
KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Louisville Sports Properties Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Rogers
Analyst: Alex Kupper
Reporter: Jody Demling
TV:  ESPN2
Play-by-Play: Jason Benetti
Analyst: Kelly Stouffe
Reporter: Paul Carcaterra

NOTEBOOK

This will be the ninth meeting between the two programs with Louisville holding a 5-3 series lead, including a 2-0 mark as members of the ACC.  The Cardinals, who won 17-14 last fall, has claimed three straight against the Eagles.

Louisville

  • The Cardinals enter the game as the nation's leader in total offense (603.2) and scoring (50.0).
  • Louisville's offense has eclipsed 500 yards in seven of its eight games in 2016.
  • Defensively, the Cardinals are No. 10 nationally in total defense, allowing just 303 yards of offense per outing.
  • U of L has snagged an interception in six consecutive outings.
  • Winners of four straight, Louisville's 7-1 start is its best since 2013.

Boston College

  • BC is looking to win back-to-back ACC games for the first time since Nov. 2014.
  • Boston College has not defeated a top-five ranked opponent since downing No. 4 Notre Dame 14-7 in 2002.  The Eagles are 2-27 all-time against the top five.
  • The Eagles defense ranks seventh nationally in total defense, allowing 298.5 yards per game.  The team also ranks fourth nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 98 yards per game.
  • Boston College has not allowed more than 50 rushing yards in all four victories.
  • The Eagles are tied for 16th in the nation with 25 sacks and rank eighth with 194 yards lost.

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KEY PLAYERS

There may not be more of a key figure in the college game than Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson.  The Cardinals sophomore quarterback guides an offense that leads the nation in total offense and scoring. 

Louisville

QB Lamar Jackson : Has thrown a touchdown in 11 consecutive games, while his 16 rushing scores is best in the nation.

WR Jamari Staples : Leads U of L with 546 receiving yards.  His 18.8 yards per catch average is sixth in the ACC. 

CB Jaire Alexander : Second in the nation with five interceptions in eight games.  Also among the nation's best punt returners.

LB James Hearns : Leads U of L with five sacks and is third nationally in forced fumbles.

Boston College

QB Patrick Towles : His 13.02 yards per completion is sixth in the ACC.

RB Jon Hilliman : Sophomore back has 20 career touchdowns which ranks 12th in Boston College history.

DE Harold Landy : Junior is tied for first nationally in sacks, fumbles forced and ranks 24th in TFLs.

KR Myles Willis : No. 18 nationally in returns, which includes one for a touchdown.

QUOTABLE

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Boston College QB Patrick Towles, a Northern Kentucky native and UK transfer, on facing Louisville:

"Where we grew up you either like Kentucky or you like Louisville and my family grew up blue so this kind of brings back a little bit of that here. They are an extremely talented team and we expect a great challenge on Saturday.” (link)

U of L head coach Bobby Petrino on BC defense:

"They are physical guys, and they run hard and play with great effort. Up front they are big inside and anchor down.  They got a really good defensive end that can rush the passer and their linebackers are…, we know them pretty well."


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