Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino
On being mentally prepared for Tulane: We
have to prepare like we always do. We have to do a real good job mentally, in
the classroom and understanding what they're going to try to do to us. Then we
have to 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 of
times this year and that's where the maturity has to kick in.
On the possibility of going
undefeated in C-USA:
We just have to go down there, play well and win the game. 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.
On the possibility of going undefeated in C-USA: We just have to go down there, play well and win the game. 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.
Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo
On Louisville: Schematically we have to be very sound, and make them execute every time. We have to be a position to make some plays and we have to make them. That is the bottom line, it is no different preparing for them as it is for anyone else, you have got to be in kilter with what we are doing game-plan wise.
On how impressive Louisville has been this year: How balanced they are, their offensive line is very good, their QB is an operator, their running backs all can go the distance on every play, their receivers are very talented. They probably have 10 or 12 NFL prospects on their team and they utilize all of them.
The Cardinals have lit up the scoreboard in the last four weeks, scoring 50 or more points in four different games. Louisville becomes only the fifth team since 1945 to score 50 or more points in four straight games. Alabama did it in 1945 and Boise State also accomplished the feat last weekend with its 58-point outburst. The Cardinals are averaging 61.5 ppg. during that span.
With a 7-0 league record, Louisville is dominating every statistical category in Conference USA. The Cards are first in nine different categories: rushing offense, passing offense, scoring offense, total offense, rushing defense, total defense, scoring defense, turnover margain and passing efficiency.
Junior running back Eric Shelton is close to becoming just the 15th back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Shelton needs just 196 yards in the next two games to become the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Frank Moreau rushed for 1,289 yards in 1999. The Cardinals have had just five 1,000-yard rushers since 1980.
One question the Cardinals had entering the 2004 season was who was going to handle the placekicking duties. Well, that question has been answered with the emergence of red-shirt freshman Art Carmody. After getting his first collegiate field goal attempt blocked against UK, Carmody has drilled 9-of-12 field goal attempts and holds the school record for consecutive PATs by drilling 65 in a row. He is second on the team and ranked 12th in the country with 92 points. Carmody needs six more consecutive PATs to tie the NCAA mark of Bart Edmiston, who booted 71 straight for Florida in 1995.
Senior quarterback Stefan LeFors has been one of the biggest reasons why the Cardinal offense is on pace to set the school record for points in a season. LeFors has directed the Cardinal offense on 87 possessions and led them to scores on 53 of them, which is 61 percent of the time. LeFors has had only 34 possessions that haven't resulted in points.
- LeFors needs just 84 passing yards to move into fourth place in the school's
all-time passing yardage list, surpassing Jeff Brohm and Ed Ruppert.
Eric Shelton (ITV)
With a 35-31 comeback victory over TCU that spoiled the Horned Frogs' bowl hopes, Tulane posted its first road win of 2004. The win also gave the Wave its first three-game win streak since September of last season. Prior to an open date Nov. 20, Tulane had defeated a 7-1 Navy team and Army on back-to-back Saturdays in the Superdome. The Green Wave has also won four of its last five games with the only blemish since Oct. 23 a 24-3 loss at Houston.
The Green Wave has enjoyed success in New Orleans this season, posting a 4-1 record in its four home games to date, including a 3-1 mark in the Superdome and a Homecoming victory at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Since the 2000 season, Tulane is 11-6 in games played in November and December, including a 3-0 mark so far this year. Including this season, 11 of Tulane's 27 victories during that time -- more than 40 percent -- have come in November and December. The 2000 team went 3-0 in the final month of the season to finish with a 6-5 record.
The Green Wave, which has a pair of upset victories in its last three outings, will be looking for its first win over a ranked team in 29 tries, since a 1982 win over No. 12 LSU (31-28) in Baton Rouge.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Richard Irvin had an impressive debut as a starting quarterback as he led Tulane to the 35-31 upset victory at TCU. A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Irvin threw five touchdown passes, which was the single game school record until earlier this season (when Lester Ricard had six versus UAB). Irvin completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and just one interception in the game.
After a slow start to the 2004 season (one catch for 32 yards in Tulane's first three games), receiver Roydell Williams has proven why he is one of the school's all-time best. In the Wave's last seven games, Williams has caught 45 passes for 740 yards and 11 touchdowns, with TDs in six of those contests. His average of 105.7 yards per game would rank sixth nationally and second in the league, while his 6.43 catches per game would lead C-USA.
This one won't be pretty, but what's new. Tulane's defense gives up way too many yards, especially on the ground. The Cardinals offense will roll from the beginning and quarterback Stefan LeFors will impress the many friends and family members in attendance for his first game as a starter in his home state.
The U of L defense will likely blitz and blitz often early in the contest in an attempt to rattle the freshman quarterback of Tulane. It'll work and the Cardinals will improve on thier +12 turnover margain.
Louisville finishes the season, it's last in Conference USA, not only as champions, but also undefeated. The 50-point barrier will be surpassed again. Think Qdoba will still give free tacos for a road game?
Cardinals 56 Green Wave 13
"Get Used To It!" - Bobby Petrino