Cards loose & aggressive heading into TCU clash

The Louisville Cardinals improved to 7-1 with a 36-20 win at East Carolina last Saturday and will take their #25 ranking into an ESPN showdown at TCU next Wednesday.

The 7-1 Louisville Cardinals find themselves ranked #25 this week in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll after posting a 36-20 last weekend at East Carolina but more importantly are well positioned in the C-USA standings heading into an ESPN showdown at TCU next Wednesday.

"Well it was a good win for us," U of L Coach Bobby Petrino said of the ECu contest. "We didn't play our best game but our players competed real hard and we needed a game like that."

Louisville now has an extended week to prepare for the Horned Frogs, who own a convincing two game winning streak against the Cards.

"We'll go back to a lot of technique and fundamentals," Petrino said of the TCU preparations. "When you get late in the year sometimes you work more on scheme then you do on individuals, so we'll extend our individual period and do some work against each other."

Petrino indicated Monday that TCU has a fast defensive unit that will play man coverage in blitzing schemes and stack nine in the box against two back sets to stop the opponents run game.

"That's kind of what we've been seeing lately, so we should be used to that," Petrino said of the Cards' familiarity with nine man fronts this season.

One concern for Petrino heading into the game against TCU is the offense's sub-par performance on third down. The U of L offense has been converting at just 39% and Petrino would like to see that percentage around the 45-50% mark.

"We're trying to improve on that," Petrino said. "First, we've got to get into shorter yardage situations. I want to be up their about 45-50 percent."

The first year U of L coach says his team has plenty of motivation heading into the TCU game but indicates the pressure is not on his team and expects the Cards to enter the game loose and aggressive.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us," Petrino said. "All the pressure is on them. We're the underdog and we'll go in and play it real loose and be real aggressive. And we'll go out to make the plays to win the game. There the one's that have to worry about all the pressure. They're the one's undefeated and expected to win. [And] all that's good for us. We'll just give it everything we've got."

Center Dan Koons and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have a little revenge on their minds after suffering two lopsided defeats to the Horned Frogs the past two seasons.

"We have a bad taste in our mouth's from those two," Koons said.

"We need this one," Dumervil said.

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