Sept. 21, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 18th-ranked University of Louisville team takes on Sun Belt foe FIU in a non-conference game at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The game will be televised on ESPN3 (Drew Fellios, Rene Ingoglia, Anastasia Saunders), while radio coverage will be provided by the Louisville Sports Network (Paul Rogers, Joe Tronzo, Doug Ormay and Gus Allen).
GameTracker coverage will be provided by UofLSports.com.
Saturday's game pits two schools that have met one previous time in 2011 in Louisville, with FIU posting a 24-17 victory over the Cardinals, snapping the Louisville’s 17-game winning streak versus Sun Belt foes.
FIU coach Mario Cristobal is now in his sixth year at FIU, where the Panthers are now one of only 50 programs across the country that have participated in back-to-back bowl games in 2010 and 2011. Since Cristobal took over the program in 2006, only three other Sun Belt schools have had consecutive bowl appearances and FIU could equal the record of three straight with a postseason berth in 2012.
Meanwhile, Louisville coach Charlie Strong boosted his career record to 17-12 after his team's 39-34 victory over North Carolina last week.
Here is Saturday's Countdown to Kickoff:
10 - TEN different Louisville players caught passes in the Cardinals win over North Carolina.
9 - Louisville has won NINE games in three years under head coach Charlie Strong when holding the opposition to less than 300 yards of total offense.
8 - The Cardinals have had EIGHT different players score touchdowns this season.
7 - Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranks SEVENTH in the nation in passing efficiency.
6 - Louisville opened the North Carolina game by scoring on its first SIX drives of the game.
5 - Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown FIVE touchdown passes in his first three games of the season. He tied a career-high with three throwing scores versus North Carolina.
4 - Cardinals looking for their FOURTH-straight victory to give them their first 4-0 start since the 2006 season.
3 - Running back Senorise Perry has THREE rushing touchdowns in the first three games of the season.
2 - Saturday's game will be the SECOND time these two schools have met on the gridiron. The only previous meeting came last season in Louisville, a 24-17 FIU victory.
1 - Saturday's game marks Louisville’s FIRST appearance at FIU Stadium.
Enjoy Saturday's game and check back at www.UofLsports.com for all the post-game coverage.