C-USA Farewell Tour: Stop 6

Louisville will look to improve to 6-0 in Conference USA and 8-1 overall when they visit Houston on Saturday afternoon.

(8)Louisville at Houston
November 20, 2004 | 5:00 p.m.
Houston, TX | Robertson Stadium


Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino

On Houston:  They are a team that is capable of scoring a lot of points. They have a very unique style on offense that will give us some challenges. They are all back [from last year] and are the same guys that we played against a year ago. They haven't been quite as effective on offense as they were last year, but their quarterback is still very capable of making plays and they are very fast.

On staying focused:  That's where all our focus has to go and we have go down and play well against Houston and win that game. We're definately not going to let up.

Houston Head Coach Art Briles

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On Louisville:   With this week's game, we're very excited about playing Louisville. I was talking to our SID a little while ago, and this is the highest-ranked team coming into our stadium since 1998 when UCLA came here. It's a tremendous chance for us to finish off this season on a great note, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play them and get our guys on the field with them. As a team, Louisville is without a doubt playing as well as anyone in the nation, maybe with the exception of USC. These people (Louisville) are really playing well and they're three points away from not being No. 8 in the nation, but from being No. 2 or No. 3 in the nation. It's a great challenge and a great opportunity for us.

Comparing UofL to Miami:  Personnel-wise, not that far off. Without a doubt they have the athletes. And I have to be careful because we play Miami two years...In a matter that won't make them (Miami) get after us in a couple years, what Louisville tries to do to you schematically is totally different on both sides of the ball than what Miami tries to do to you. If Miami can win 17-10, they are going to shake hands and go home and be happy. If they throw the ball for 183 yards and rush for 212 yards. Defensively, they (Miami) are the same way. They use their soundness, talent and ability to win. Whereas, Louisville, in my opinion, just as good of personnel with different philosophies.



  • UofL is attempting to tie the all-time series against Houston at 7-7.
  • The Cardinals set the school record for total offense last year against Houston, racking up 779 yards.
  • Louisville has won four of the last five meetings between the two schools.
  • Houston last defeated Louisville in 2002, winning 27-10 in Houston.


    • The Cardinals are scoring points this season at a record-breaking pace this season. Louisville has scored 363 points after eight games and is on pace to break last season's school mark of 450 in 13 games. This year, the Cardinals are averaging a 45.4 ppg., which is third in the country and are on pace to score 499 points, which would shatter the school record.

    • Over the last five games, the Cardinal passing attack has been unstoppable, throwing for an average 334.4 and 14 touchdowns and hasn't thrown an interception in 105 passing attempts. The quarterback tandem of Stefan LeFors and Brian Brohm have completed 68.4 percent of their throws, completing 118-of-172 passes.

    • The Cardinals have enjoyed outstanding success in the red zone this season, converting on 88.0 percent of their trips inside the opposition's 20-yard line. However, more importantly, Louisville is scoring touchdowns. In 50 trips into the red zone, the Cardinals have scored touchdowns 36 times or 72 percent of their opportunities.

    • J.R. Russell (ITV)
    • Senior wide receiver J.R. Russell is next in a long line of outstanding wide receivers at the University of Louisville. After eight games, Russell leads the team in receptions with 59 for 659 yards and five touchdowns. He had a five catch, 107-yard and two touchdown performance against TCU last Wednesday — the 10th 100-yard game of his career.

    • Senior quarterback Stefan LeFors became just the sixth quarterback in school history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in his career. LeFors has thrown for 5,017 yards, which is sixth all-time in school history. LeFors remains one of the most accurate passers in the entire country. With a 13-for-21 passing night against TCU, LeFors has a completion percentage to 73.7 percent and has thrown only 45 incomplete passes. For his career, LeFors is completing 65.0 percent of his throws, which if his career ended right now, he'd hold the school mark.
    • With a season and a half to go in the career of junior running back Eric Shelton, the product of Bryan Station High School has scored 23 rushing scores in just 18 games for the Cardinals. Shelton is already tied for fifth all-time in school history in rushing touchdowns.


    • Sophomore quarterback Kevin Kolb continues to move up the UH career passing ladder despite having played in only 23 games. With 267 yards on 14-of-24 passing versus Conference USA rival Tulane on Oct. 30, Kolb became only the sixth quarterback in school history to throw for more than 5,000 yards.

    • For the second straight season it looks as though Lance Everson will lead the Cougars in tackles, as he enters the season finale against Louisville with a team-high 107 stops, including 11 for losses. It is the second consecutive season Everson has topped the century plateau in total tackles.

    • The Cougars are a +6 in the turnover column, and barring a total collapse against the Cardinals, Houston will finish the season on the positive side of the turnover ledger for the first time since the 1999 season.

    • Sophomore linebacker Wade Koehl is continuing his development into one of the top linebackers not only in Conference USA, but also in Division I-A football. The Butkus Award candidate is currently second on the Cougars in tackles with 97, which includes 58 unassisted and 10 tackles for losses. He also has racked up four sacks.



      Louisville Houston
    Rushing Offense 232.6 145.0
    Passing Offense 295.5 239.1
    Total Offense 528.1 384.1
    Scoring Offense 45.4 20.3
    Rushing Defense 117.9 187.4
    Passing Defense 205.9 185.2
    Total Defense 323.8 372.6
    Scoring Defense 19.4 28.9
    Net Punting 33.43 31.45
    Turnover Margain +9 +6


    Take your pick. Run it or throw it. It doesn't matter, as Louisville will find continued success on the ground and through the air against the host Cougars on Saturday.

    While the Houston offense hasn't produced like it did a year ago, the threat remains, so expect to see the Cougar offense test the Cardinal secondary. However, the UofL defense will stop the run in its tracks all day and will get frequent pressure on Kolb, so look for a big play or two from the Cardinal secondary.

    Montrell Jones nearly broke a punt for a touchdown a couple times against TCU and his odds may increase against Houston. Don't be shocked to see #86 bring one to the end zone on Saturdya.

    Louisville stays unbeaten in league play and clinches a share of the Conference USA crown.

    Cardinals 45 Cougars 17

    "Get Used To It!" - Bobby Petrino

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