Cardinals close their ACC schedule this weekend

Cardinal Authority provides a preview of Louisville v Wake Forest

No. 5 Louisville closes its ACC regular season schedule on Saturday when it welcomes Coastal Division foe Wake Forest to the Derby City.

LOCATION: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (55,000)
DATE:  Saturday, Nov. 12
KICKOFF: 7:00 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 Stouffer
Reporter: Paul Carcaterra

RECORD WATCH

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has made a habit of breaking records and it is quite possible that he'll break another on his first play against the Demon Deacons.  A true sophomore and the clear favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, Jackson has ran for 1,181 yards this season.  That's just four yards shy of surpassing Tyler Murphy's ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback.  Jackson is averaging 7.3 yards per carry, so the new mark will likely be set the first moment that he takes off running.

Here's another one that's certain to fall this weekend...

Jackson is 115 yards away breaking the school's single-season record for total offense.  He currently leads the ACC and is second nationally with 3,934 total yards of offense.

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NOTEBOOK

The Cardinals lead the series 3-0, first defeating the Demon Deacons in the 2007 Orange Bowl.  The two have met twice as conference foes, with U of L winning each.  The Cardinals won 20-19 in Winston Salem, N.C. last fall.

Louisville

  • U of L returns home where it is 4-0 this season and has won eight straight.
  • The Cardinals offense strikes early, outscoring opponents 129-17 in the first quarter through nine games this season.
  • Checking in at No. 1 in the nation in total yards, the U of L offense has eclipsed 500 yards in seven of eight games.
  • Louisville gets it done on both sides of the ball.  The Cards rank No. 1 in the ACC it scoring, total offense, rushing offense, pass efficiency, first downs, rushing defense, and total defense.
  • The Cardinals defense has recorded an interception in six consecutive games.

Wake Forest

  • The Demon Deacons became bowl eligible with a 27-20 win over Virginia last weekend.
  • Wake Forest is 1-56 all-time against AP Top 10 opponents, with its lone win a 19-6 defeat of No. 4 Tennessee in Knoxville in 1946.
  • The Deacons are 9-79 all-time against ranked opponents on the road.
  • Through nine games, Wake Forest has exceeded its 2015 season total in rushing yards. The team has gained 1,476 yards this year.  They are on pace for the team's best ground effort since 2011.
  • Wake Forest has won six-straight games when rushing for 200 yards or more.

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KEY PLAYERS

Louisville

QB Lamar Jackson : Owns the school record with 45 touchdowns responsible for in a season.  His 272 total points leads the nation.

TE Cole Hikutini : In just his second season at U of L, he has eight career touchdown receptions.  One more and he'll move into a tie for seventh-place on the all-time list for receiving touchdowns by a tight end.

CB Jaire Alexander : His five interceptions is good for second best in the nation.  He's also one of the nation's most dangerous punt returners.

Offensive Line: Group struggled against Wake Forest defense last season, giving up four sacks.

Wake Forest

Rushing Attack : Three-headed rushing attack of running backs Matt Colburn and Cade Carney, along with dual-threat quarterback John Wolford, account for the majority of the Demon Deacons yardage.

DE Duke Ejiofor : Tops the team with eight sacks and is tied with 13 tackles for a loss.

LB Marquel Lee : Equaled with the team lead for tackles for a loss with 13.  Has lead the team in tackles in six games.

S Jessie Bates III : Tied for second nationally and in the ACC with five interceptions.  Has returned two for touchdowns.

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QUOTABLE

Wake Forest QB John Wolford on the Louisville defense:

"They have a good defensive coordinator who has seen a lot of football. Up front they’re good, their linebackers are good and their secondary is good. We know we have a challenge in front of us but we have to stick to our plan and execute the football game and I think we’ll have a good chance to get some plays."

U of L head coach Bobby Petrino on the Demon Deacon defense:

"Their defensive front will be as active as anybody we have played this year. What I mean is that they really rush the passer, they play great technique on the run, their linebackers are fast and sprint to the football, and they have a very experienced secondary."


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