Football inks two-year deal with Oregon State

The University of Louisville has announced a two-year, home-and-home agreement to play Oregon State in football starting next season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The University of Louisville has announced a two-year, home-and-home agreement to play Oregon State in football starting next season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The agreement begins with the Beavers coming to Louisville on September 17, 2005, with the Cardinals expected to return the game in Corvallis, Oregon in 2008 or 2009.

Oregon State, 7-5 last season, competed in its fifth bowl game in six years and defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38-21 in the 16th annual Insight Bowl at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The Beavers closed the season by winning their last three games and posted a winning regular season for the last three years, the best run for the program since posting five straight between 1966-70.

The Cardinals, 11-1 last year, finished No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll and appeared in their seventh straight bowl game, a 44-40 win over Boise State in the Liberty Bowl. Louisville returns 12 starters from a year ago, including seven starters on an offense that ranked first in the country in scoring and total offense.

"We're very excited about this series because it's a marquee game for our fans," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Oregon State is a very good football team and has been a very successful program over the last three or four years. I know our fans will be excited to see a quality Pac-10 team come to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium."

"This is a terrific opportunity for our program," Beaver head coach Mike Riley said. "Louisville has burst onto the college football scene in recent years, much like Oregon State has, and I look forward to a great game."

This will be the first meeting between these two schools.


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