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Cards have short week to prepare for Tulane

Coach Petrino talks about the short week preparations for Friday night's nationally televised contest against the Tulane Green Wave (3-3, 1-2) at his Monday afternoon press conference. <p> <body> <p><b><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/188920.html">Monday Morning Quarterback</a></b> <i>(Ethan Moore)</i></p> </body>

The Louisville Cardinals rebounded from the loss at South Florida last Saturday with a relatively easy 34-10 victory over the Army Cadets at PJCS.

"There was a need to get the first loss behind us," Petrino said. "It was tough mentally on the coaching staff and it was good to get it behind us."

Because of television, the Cards have a short week of practice as they prepare for Friday night's game against Tulane and the U of L coaching staff is making several adjustments to prepare for the game during the shortened week.

"We didn't spend any time on the video of the game [against Army] with the short week," Petrino explained. "We got right into Tulane, which was planned. That's what you do when you lose a day. So the quick turnaround this week has been a challenge."

With time to reflect some on his team's performance against Army, Coach Petrino seemed pleased with the performance against the Cadets, but expressed concern about losing the time of possession battle.

"Our time of possession is going down and that's a concern of mine," Petrino said. "I think we need to have the ball more and that's going to be crucial Friday night. We have to keep their [Tulane's J.P. Losman]quarterback on the sideline and keep our offense on the field."

And a Green Wave defense that is struggling to stop the run and giving up nearly 40 points per game might be just what the doctor ordered to reverse the time of possession trend, though the Cardinal defense will have its hands full with Losman and the Green Wave offense.

"Tulane's a very good offensive football team," Petrino said. "They have real good receivers and an NFL caliber quarterback."

The key for Louisville in the Friday nights ESPN matchup might be the ability of the U of L offense to be efficient, win the time of possession battle and keep the Tulane defense on the field.

"It's going to be a game where we're going to have to be real efficient on offense," Petrino said. "If we do that I think we'll be in good shape."

Now halfway through the schedule and off to an impressive 5-1 start, the Cardinals trainers are dealing with expected bumps and bruises that usually occur about this time of the season.

"We've got a couple of guys banged up," Petrino said while noting that WR Broderick Clark is expected back this week. "But hopefully they'll be ready to go by Friday. We've got to be smart in practice this week...so we can get to the game fresh."

Tulane enters Friday's game 3-3 overall and 1-2 in C-USA play. The Green Wave lost last weekend to Houston 45-42 and enter the game on a two game losing streak.


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