Michael McCammon

Louisville has won five straight games in the rivalry

No.11 Louisville hosts rival Kentucky on Saturday at noonB i

LOCATION: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (55,000) 
DATE:  Saturday, Nov. 26
KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Louisville Sports Properties Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Rogers
Analyst: Alex Kupper
Reporter: Jody Demling
TV:  ESPN
Play-by-Play: Mike Patrick
Analyst: Dave Cunningham
Reporter:  Dr. Jerry Punch

NOTEBOOK

The Cardinals have won five straight in the series that stands tied at 14-14.  U of L also holds a 14-8 advantage in the modern series that began in 1994.  Five of the last nine meetings between the rivals has been decided by a touchdown or less.

Louisville

  • Bobby Petrino is undefeated (6-0) against Kentucky while serving as Louisville's head coach.  He has an overall record of 8-1 against Kentucky, going 1-1 at Arkansas and 1-0 at Western Kentucky.
  • It's Senior Day and Petrino is a perfect 11-0 on such outings, including 6-0 at Louisville.
  • A win on Saturday would give U of L a 10-win season for seventh time in school history.  It would mark the third time that Petrino has directed the program to a double-digit victory total.
  • Entering the final week of the regular season, U of L is the only FBS team ranked among the top ten in total offense and total defense.  U of L currently leads the nation in offensive scoring (46.0) and total offense (558.5).  The team also checks in among the top ten nationally in total defense (292.2) and rushing defense (99.2).
  • Louisville has scored in double-digits in 21 of 44 quarters this season.

Kentucky

  • UK is bowl eligible for the first since 2010, which is also the last time it defeated Louisville - a 23-16 win at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
  • UK is looking for its first seven-win season since 2009.
  • The Wildcats are 17th nationally in rushing offense with 242 yards per outing.  UK's 2,666 rushing yards is the most for the program since 1976.
  • During the past six games, UK's ground game has averaged 301.2 yards per game.
  • Kentucky enters the game ranks No. 63 nationally in total offense (414.4) and No. 82 in total defense (428.5)

KEY PLAYERS

LOUISVILLE

QB Lamar Jackson : The Heisman Trophy frontrunner is just the fourth player in NCAA history to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,300 yards in a single season.

Offensive Line : Group looking to bounce back following a very rough outing at Houston last week.

DT DeAngelo Brown : Tied for team lead with 11 tackles for a loss.

LB Keith Kelsey : Leads the Cardinals with 74 total tackles.

Kentucky

RB Boom Williams : Just the eighth UK running back to eclipse 2,000 career yards.

RB Benny Snell : Set a UK freshman record with 192 rushing yards against Missouri.  He's averaging 6 yards per carry.

QB Stephen Johnson : Has started seven games for UK and became the first QB in program history to win four of his first five starts.

LB Josh Allen : Leads Kentucky with 6.5 sacks on the season.

QUOTABLE

Louisville TE Cole Hikutini on the rivalry:

"We're just focused on whooping them and that's basically all it is," Hikutini said. "We don't really talk about it, we're just going to go out and do it.  I'm going to put everything out on Saturday; every senior is going to do that. It's our last home game and we all hate UK."

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino on UK running game:

"They now have a quarterback that can also run the ball and throw the ball deep and then they are running a lot of the wildcat game. So, they switch it up and I think that the installation of the quarterback has really helped because he has a strong arm and he can throw the deep ball."


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