Sept. 7, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville football head coach Steve Kragthorpe met with members of the media on Monday to review last week's 30-10 win over Indiana State and preview Sept. 19 game against Kentucky. The Cardinals and Wildcats will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium in the annual showdown for the Governor's Cup trophy and the game will be televised locally by WHAS-TV.
The Cardinals enter the game 1-0 after their home-opening win against Indiana State, while Kentucky also enters 1-0 overall following their 42-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) at Paul Brown Stadium. Junior Justin Burke made his first Louisville start, going 17-of-31 for 223 yards with two interceptions. The running back tandem of Victor Anderson and Bilal Powell combined to rush for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Anderson led the Cardinals with 93 yards on 14 carries and two scores, while Powell was just as effective, running for 76 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Cardinals held the Sycamores to just 101 yards, including just 19 yards on the ground. Louisville, who had eight interceptions all of last year, recorded three picks on the evening.
- Junior quarterback Justin Burke returns home to Lexington to face the University of Kentucky. Burke, who made his first career start last week versus Indiana State, was a record-breaking quarterback at Lexington Catholic.
- Since the Kentucky-Louisville series resumed in 1994, the Cardinals are 6-3 at Commonwealth Stadium.
- In three seasons as the head coach of the Cardinals, head coach Steve Kraghtorpe is 3-7 on the road and is 1-1 in road openers.
- The Cardinals have lost their last three road games. Louisville's last road win was a 35-28 decision at Memphis on Oct. 10, 2008.
The Series - U of L and UK
Louisville and Kentucky will meet for the 22nd time in school history with the Wildcats owning a 12-9 advantage. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings against the Cards, including a 27-2 win at Papa John's Stadium last year. This is the third meeting between Steve Kragthorpe and Rich Brooks. UofL lost 40-34 in their last game in Lexington but have won four of the last five meetings on the road. Since 1994, the Cardinals are 9-6 against Kentucky.
GAME FACTS - Louisville (1-0) at Kentucky (1-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Site: Commonwealth Stadium (67,606), Lexington, Ky.
TV: ESPNU will televise the game with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and David Diaz-Infante (analyst)
Radio: Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Craig Swabek (analyst) will call all the action and Doug Ormay will report from the sidelines on WHAS 840 AM
Also: SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Ch. 91
Rankings: Both teams are unranked in this week's AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll.
Coaches: Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe is 41-35 in eighth seasons as a head coach and 12-13 in his third year at Louisville. Rich Brooks is 33-41 in his seventh season at Kentucky.