Oct. 19, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville football head coach Steve Kragthorpe, junior quarterback Adam Froman and sophomore running back Victor Anderson met with reporters on Monday to preview Saturday's BIG EAST Conference game at rival Cincinnati. The Cardinals and Bearcats are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
The Cardinals dropped their seventh straight BIG EAST Conference game last Saturday at Connecticut 38-25 behind four crucial turnovers. The Cards (2-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) turned the football over three times in UConn territory, including one time on the Huskies' four-yard line. The miscues led to 24 UConn points.
Junior quarterback Adam Froman
continued to move the offense effectively, completing 24-of-31 passes for a career-high 295 yards and one touchdown. At one point in the game, Froman completed 16 straight passes. Running back Bilal Powell
, who was starting in place of Victor Anderson
, carried a career-high 29 times for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Cincinnati enters the game at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in BIG EAST games after earning an impressive 34-17 win at South Florida last Thursday night. The Bearcats got two touchdown passes from Tony Pike before he left in the third quarter with a sprained left wrist, then backup Zach Collaros ran 75 yards for a score in the win. UC entered in at No. 5 in the first Bowl Championship Series Standings released earlier this week and is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll.
The Series - U of L and Cincinnati
The Cardinals and Bearcats will meet for the 49th time when the schools square off this Saturday for the Keg of Nails. Cincinnati leads the overall series 27-20-1. The Bearcats defeated the Cardinals 28-20 last season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but Louisville has won eight of the last 10 meetings. Louisville defeated 15th-ranked Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in 2007 and has won its last five meetings in Cincinnati. The Cards' last loss at Nippert Stadium was a 28-9 defeat in 1997.
GAME FACTS - Louisville (2-4, 0-2) at Cincinnati (6-0, 2-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Site: Nippert Stadium (35,000), Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: ESPNU will televise the game with Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (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 WKRD 790 AM
Also: SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Ch. 158, XM Satellite Radio, Ch. 203
Rankings: Louisville is unranked in this week's AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, while Cincinnati is No. 5 in the AP Poll, No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the BCS Standings.
Coaches: Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe is 13-17 in his third season as the Cardinals' head coach. He went 6-6 in 2007 and 5-7 in 2008. He is 42-39 all-time in his eighth season overall. Cincinnati's Brian Kelly is 28-6 in his third season as the head coach of the Bearcats.