Louisville v. Temple preview

A closer look at this weekend's contest against the Temple Owls.

Louisville vs. Temple
September 27, 2003, | 3:00 p.m.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

QUOTES

Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino:

On Temple:  "Temple looks good on film.  They play real hard on defense. They run well and they're much faster team than what we just played. And they stack the box also and they're very similar scheme wise as UTEP in certain ways. So we'll have to execute our passing game and find different ways to run the ball."

Temple Head Coach Bobby Wallace:

On Temple's struggling kicking game:  "We're not overly talented, so we have to be perfect,  We're close to last in the nation in net punting, and we have to do a better job of covering, too. But we have to kick the ball better, and we'll try somebody else. We're still struggling in the kickoff area, but there's no answer there."

NOTES

LOUISVILLE

  • U of L has started the season 3-0 for the third time in the last six years, but only the 11th time since 1946.
  • The last time the Cardinals started the season was in 1993 when they finished 9-3 and a win over Michigan State in the Liberty Bowl.
  • Louisville has never beaten Temple and has a series history record of 0-3 against the Owls.  The teams last met in 1983, a 24-3 Temple victory.
  • Louisville has won its last three meetings against Big East teams.
  • An impressive 17 different Cardinals have either rushed, passed or caught the ball.
  • With his 3 receptions against UTEP, J.R. Russell has now had atleast one reception in 14 straight games.
  • Louisville has amassed more than 400 total offensive yards in it's first three games of the season.  The last time the Cardinals accomplished that feat was in 1998 when Bobby Petrino was U of L's offensive coordinator.

  • Ronnie Ghent (ITV)
  • Tight end Ronnie Ghent is now just 10 receptions from moving into 10th place on U of L's career receptions list.
  • The Louisville offensive line has allowed just one sack in 76 pass attempts through three games.
  • With Bobby Petrino directing the the Louisville offense, the Cardinals are 10-1 when scoring over 30 points in a game.
  • Senior kicker Nate Smith is currently tied with former Cardinal David Akers for second place on Louisville's all-time list for field goals with 34.  He needs three more to break Ron Bell's school record of 36.
  • The Cardinal offense continues to impress on first downs, when it is averaging nearly 7 yards per first down.

TEMPLE

  • Temple ranks 20th nationally with 291.3 passing yards per game as QB Mike McGann currently places 24th individually with 260.3 yards of total offense per contest.

  • WR Zamir Cobb is 24th nationally in receiving,


    Zamir Cobb (TU)
    averaging 112.0 yards per game.
  • For the first time in school history, Temple had three 100-plus yard receivers in one game, as Zamir Cobb (9-120-1TD), Phil Goodman (8-129) and Terrence Stubbs (6-123) all eclipsed the century mark against Cincinatti. It marked the first time in Big East history that three receivers accumulated 100 yards in the same game.

  • The Owls are 7-17 in their non-conference matchups under head coach Bobby Wallace.

  • The 2003 season marks the 105th season of collegiate football at Temple University dating back to 1894.

  • Kick returner Lawrence Wade is ranked 29th in Div. I-A in kickoff returns with a 25.75 average.

  • Temple has scored 8 times in it's 14 trips into the red zone, 5 of which have been touchdowns.

STATISTICAL COMPARISON

  Louisville Temple
Record 3-0 0-3
Total Offense 436.0 412.3
Points Scored 37.3 18.0
First Downs 21.0 21.7
Rushing Yards 205.3 121.0
Rushing Touchdowns 7 3
Passing Yards 230.7 291.3
Passing Touchdowns 6 3
Time of Possession 30:14 32:20
3rd Down Conversion 23/42 12/46
Points Allowed 19.3 25.3
Total Defense 363.3 389.0
Rushing Yards Allowed 171.3 140.0
Passing Yards Allowed 192.0 249.0
Turnover Margain +4 +1

 

Louisville Temple
Rushing Yards  
E. Shelton......................105.0 M. Fenton.....................79.0
Passing Yards  
S. LeFors......................203.0 M. McGann..................248.0
Receptions  
J.R. Russell....................4.0 Z. Cobb........................7.7
Receiving Yards  
J.R. Russell....................72.0 Z. Cobb........................112.0
Points Scored  
N. Smith........................8.7 J. Davis.........................6.0
Interceptions  
J. Minkins......................0.67 L. Wade.......................0.3
Tackles  
R. McCune...................10.0 R. Wallace....................11.0

ITV PREDICTION

While Temple enters the game at 0-3, with losses to Penn State, Villanova and Cincinnati, the Owls offense could very well provide the most difficult challenge that the Cardinals defense has faced yet this season.  Temple's receivers, led by Zamir Cobb, are both tall and quick.  The trio of Cobb, Phil Goodman and Terrence Stubbs gives the Owls three dangerous receivers.  The three have accounted for 50 of Temple's 63 pass receptions, with all averaging above 14 yards per reception.  In short, the Louisville secondary is going to have it's hands full.

To counteract the passing of Temple quarterback Mike McGann, Louisville must get consistent pressure in the Owls backfield.  Additional blitz packages, as well as a linebacker, most likely Robert McCune, dropping into coverage will benefit the young Cardinal secondary.  Louisville must also control the clock and keep the Temple offense off the field as much as possible.  Look for both Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates to receive a good number of touches on Saturday.

Once again, Louisville will be facing a dangerous kick returner in Lawrence Wade.  ITV expects to see improved play from its kickoff coverage team, which is important in the battle for field position.

A 'bend, but don't break' defense will work once again and the Cardinal offense will once again gain over 400 total yards.

Louisville wins a game that turns out to be more difficult than many expect:
Cards 31 Owls 20


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