C-USA Farewell Tour: Stop 5

The Cardinals will attempt to improve to 5-0 in Conference USA play for the first time since 2001, while also trying to get the school's first-ever win over visiting TCU.

CARDMarch @ 5:15!!

TCU at (12) Louisville
November 10, 2004 | 7:30 p.m.
Louisville, KY | Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
840 WHAS | espn2

QUOTES

Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino

On TCU:  They are a very good football team. You watch them on video and you wonder how they are 4-4. They have tremendous speed offensively, two very experienced quarterbacks who've won a bunch of games for them, two really good running backs, defensively, they are very fast. Same guys basically we played against last year...a couple of new defensive linemen, the same real good linebacker, and corners. You know they play a physical game of football. During the game last year when we played TCU our players were kind of like, 'Yeah maybe we can do this' and started getting more and more confidence as the game goes on. I think we can match up with them physically. We definitely need to be able to control the line of scrimmage with our offensive line and running backs. Defensively, we're going to have to get pressure on the quarterback. If we don't do that, it's going to be a very difficult game.

On having a short week to prepare for TCU:  We really haven't had time to think about the Memphis game a lot. The coaches came back and started working on Friday. We gave the players Friday off, practiced Saturday and Sunday. Today is Thursday to us, we're completely out of it. It's a real short turnaround. We're going to try to get them there fresh, a lot of mental work, extra videos, walk-throughs, cutting practice back (Saturday we only went out in helmets) they practiced at a very good tempo and had a lot of enthusiasm.

On the possibility of TCU running an offense similar to Memphis:  Well, they're a little different style of offense. TCU is a very fast tempo offense. They do what you call, Get up, Get down, Get off so they break the huddle very quick, get to the line of scrimmage, snap the ball right away, throw a guy in motion really quick. It's a very very different style of offense then Memphis. They're very effective at what they do, they run the option which is going to cause us to make sure we have our assignment correct on every play. We're going to have to tackle a lot better than we did the other night...we missed tackles that allowed them to make big plays.

Memphis Head Coach Gary Patterson


Gary Patterson (AP)
On Louisville:   You have to be like them and attack. They're very good at what they do. Louisville's quarterback (Stefan LeFors) scrambles against everyone. Another thing you have to do is tackle well. Their wide receivers are very good at breaking tackles, and they run about five tailbacks at you. Louisville uses nine to 10 personnel groups. There are situations where they get up on you and use new groups against you. Their best tailback in that system might be Kolby Smith. The difference in Louisville from when we first played them in 2001 is their defense is a lot better. I think I read somewhere that 38 percent of the offense they have allowed has come in the fourth quarter when their twos and threes come in.

On having extra time to prepare for U of L:  We have extra time to get ready and their time is short. Louisville has to play a Thursday night game on the road at Memphis and won't have a lot of time to evaluate. We won't have to worry about as many new things going in. We do enough offensively for them to have problems getting ready. (Head coach Bobby Petino) gave them extra time off after South Florida. Louisville hasn't really been that beat up. It's hard to be when you're up by 35 at half all the time.

On Bobby Petrino:  Bobby Petrino has made them a lot more accountable and given that team much more substance. He's done a tremendous job. I like to study coaches and players in interviews. He's done a great job changing that group. That's what they needed. Their players talk about `we' instead of `I.'

NOTES

GAME NOTES

  • This is the fourth meeting between the two programs, with TCU winning all previous meetings, including 31-28 last fall.
  • Louisville currently holds the best ranking in school record at 12th in the AP Poll.
  • U of L is 3-0 at home this season and 8-1 in two seasons under the direction of Bobby Petrino.
  • The Cardinals are attempting to go 5-0 in Conference USA play for the first since the 2001 season.
  • TCU defeated U of L 45-31 in the only meeting in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

    LOUISVILLE


      LeFors with Petrino (ITV)
    • Quarterback Stefan LeFors continues to be amazingly accurate in the passing game.  The senior hasn't thrown an interception since the third quarter of the Kentucky game.  Over the past three games, LeFors is completing 75.6% of his attempts and has thrown for 805 yards and 7 touchdowns.

    • Linebacker Robert McCune recorded 12 tackles in the win against Memphis, marking the fifth time this season that he has reached at least a dozen. 

    • Receiver Joshua Tinch caught a career-high 8 passes against Memphis.  Tinch needs just four catches to surpass his mark of 26 receptions of a year ago.  However, he is still looking for the end zone this year.

    • Despite not recording a sack against Memphis, senior defensive end Marcus Jones now has 18 career sacks, sixth most in school history.

    • The QB duo of Stefan LeFors and Brian Brohm have combined to throw to 14 different receivers this season.  U of L is 12-2 during the past two seasons when seven or more players catch a pass during one game.
    • Kicker Art Carmody set a new record for consecutive PAT's converted in the 56-49 win at Memphis last week.  Carmody has now made 39 PAT's in a row, surpassing the previous mark of 35 straight, which was set by Wade Tydlacka and Nate Smith.

    TCU

    • The 10 points scored in their loss to Cincinnati last weekend was the fewest points the Horned Frogs have scored in a game since the 2001 galleryfurniture.com bowl.

    • In the previous three outings against Louisville, TCU outscored the Cardinals 38-10 in the first quarter and 86-33 by halftime.

    • The 32.6 points per game average for the Frogs this season is the third most in school's history through eight games.

    • TCU has done a good job this season holding on to the ball.  The Frogs have committed just 8 turnovers

     

    STATISTICAL COMPARISON

      Louisville TCU
    Rushing Offense 235.4 160.5
    Passing Offense 284.3 273.1
    Total Offense 519.7 433.6
    Scoring Offense 44.0 32.6
    Rushing Defense 118.6 121.1
    Passing Defense 207.4 304.2
    Total Defense 326.0 425.4
    Scoring Defense 18.1 33.2
    Net Punting 33.53 35.39
    Turnover Margain +9 +3

    ITV PREDICTION

    The Horned Frogs have been a thorn in the side of Louisville for the past three seasons and once again have the tools to pull an upset.  TCU, like Memphis, has a great balanced attack on offense with quarterbacks Brandon Hassell and Tye Gunn, as well as two dangerous running backs in Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill.  However, unlike previous seasons, the Horned Frogs defense can be porous at times, especially against the pass.

    Louisville's offense, which hasn't been slowed much this season, will once again move the ball frequently and while TCU has a decent rush defense, it won't be able to slow the trio of Eric Shelton, Lionel Gates and Michael Bush.  The key for U of L will be how the defense responds after giving up 49 points in their last outing.  The Cardinals defensive front must get pressure on the Frogs quarterbacks and all signs point to that happening.

    The Cardinals slow down the Frogs more than once and pull away in the end.

    Louisville 42  TCU 24

    "Get Used To It!" - Bobby Petrino


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