Oct. 12, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville football head coach Steve Kragthorpe, senior placekicker Ryan Payne and sophomore defensive end Greg Scruggs met with reporters on Monday to review last week's win over Southern Miss and preview Saturday's BIG EAST Conference game at Connecticut. The Cardinals and Huskies are scheduled to kick off at noon ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., and the game will be televised by the BIG EAST Network and WHAS-TV in Louisville.
The Cardinals snapped their three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 25-23 win over Southern Mississippi last Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. It was the Cardinals first win over a FBS team since defeating South Florida 24-20 on October 25, 2008. Payne connected on a 32-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the game to lift the Cardinals to their first win since a 30-10 victory over Indiana State on September 5.
After Southern Mississippi took a 23-22 lead on a 13-yard touchdown run with 2:13 to play, senior kick returner and wide receiver Trent Guy
made the play of the game when he returned the kickoff 64 yards to the USM 30-yard line. After a 12-yard run by Victor Anderson
, the Cardinals gained just three more yards to set up Payne's game-winning kick.
The Cardinals trailed at the half 16-7, but came out in the second half and dominated the third quarter, out-scoring the Golden Eagles 15-0. Junior Bilal Powell scored from 13-yards out to trim the lead to 16-14. After a three and out, the Cardinals came back when quarterback Adam Froman connected on a 92-yard pass to Scott Long for the third-longest pass play in school history. Froman connected on the two-point conversion with true freshman Scott Radcliff, who was making his collegiate debut.
Froman, making his second start, was 14-of-26 for a career-high 248 yards and a touchdown, while Long had a career-best day, catching five passes for a career-best 146 yards and a score. Anderson and Powell accounted for 90 and 58 yards, respectively for the Cardinals. Louisville recorded a season-best 439 yards of total offense in the game, including 180 yards on the ground.
Connecticut dropped its BIG EAST opener against Pittsburgh last Saturday 24-21 at Heinz Field when Dan Hutchins booted an 18-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game.
The Series - U of L and UConn
The Cardinals and Huskies will meet for the sixth time when the schools square off this Saturday. Louisville leads the overall series 3-2, but has dropped the last two encounters to Connecticut, including a 26-21 decision at Papa John's Cardinal
Stadium in 2008. Louisville dropped its last visit to Connecticut 21-17 on a rainy night in 2007. The Cardinals are 1-1 all-time at Connecticut with their only win a 30-20 decision in 2005.
GAME FACTS - Louisville (2-3, 0-1) vs. Connecticut (3-2, 0-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17
Time: Noon ET
Site: Rentschler Field (40,000), E. Hartford, Conn.
TV: BIG EAST Network and WHAS-TV will televise the game with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and John Congemi (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. 158, XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 203
Rankings: Both teams are unranked in this week's AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll.
Coaches: Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe is 13-16 in his third season as the Cardinals' head coach. He went 6-6 in
2007 and 5-7 in 2008. He is 42-38 all-time in his eighth season overall. UConn's Randy Edsall is 61-62 in his 11th season as head coach of the Huskies.