Motivation Remains For Season Finale

Despite having achieved their goals of winning a C-USA championship and receiving a bowl bid, the Cardinals are using a possible undefeated season in league play, as well as the future of the program for motivation heading into Saturday's contest at Tulane.

With a third Conference USA championship already secured and a trip to the Liberty Bowl already accepted, there may be some concern of a letdown when the Cardinals travel to New Orleans this weekend to face Tulane at the Louisiana Superdome.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino even admitted to having some concern about a letdown at Tulane during his Monday afternoon press conference.

"I will certainly worry about, just like I do every week," said Petrino. "We just have to prepare like we always do and do a real good job mentally and understanding what they want to do to us and then get ourselves physically ready to go. It's going to be hard to have the same emotional peak that we had last Saturday, but we've faced that a couple times throughout the year and that's where the maturity has to kick in."

The maturity starts with the seniors, which with a win over Tulane will become the winningest group in U of L history.

"I can't say enough about the senior group and about how well they came and played and how well they've done since the two years that I have been here," continued Petrino. "We are real happy about being conference champions and going undefeated at home, those were some of our goals."

Senior quarterback Stefan LeFors, a Louisiana native who will have a number of friends and family at the game, points to the future of the program as motivation for the regular season finale against Tulane.

"I'm looking forward to going back home and playing in front of a lot of people," said LeFors. "I'm sure the team is going to be ready. We don't want to come this far and lose at the end of the season and ruin our ranking. Everything is in place, not only for this year and next year, but for years to come. Everything is looking great for the future of this program, so we don't want to waste an opportunity down at Tulane. We'll be ready to play."

Petrino added, that while the team didn't set a goal of going undefeated in C-USA play as a goal prior to the season, that it is now something the team is aiming for.

"We just have to go down there, play well and win the game," explained the second year head coach. "We didn't talk about going undefeated [in conference]. We just wanted to win the conference. But now we do, we want to go undefeated."

The game between the Cardinals and Green Wave will kick off at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday. WDRB Fox 41 in Louisville will broadcast the game live.

NOTES:

  • Louisville is looking for its third 10-win season in school history.
  • The Cardinals own a 8-2 series lead over Tulane and have won three straight, including a 47-28 victory last season.
  • U of L defeated Tulane on it's last trip to New Orleans, upending the Green Wave 52-7 in 2002.
  • The Cardinals are 4-1 all-time in New Orleans.

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