Oct. 26, 2009
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville football head coach Steve Kragthorpe and senior safety Richard Raglin met with reporters on Monday to preview Saturday's non-conference home game against Arkansas State. The Cardinals and Red Wolves are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and the game will be televised locally by WHAS-TV.
The Cardinals are coming off their second straight conference loss after a 41-10 loss at fifth-ranked Cincinnati last Saturday at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats scored on three of their first four possessions to take a 21-7 lead at the half. The Bearcats received a one-yard run from Isaiah Pead and then a 24-yard pass from Zach Collaros to Armon Binns. Collaros was impressive after taking over for the injured Tony Pike. Collaros was 15-of-17 for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Cincinnati, who punted just twice in the game, rolled up 468 yards of total offense and averaged a healthy 8.2 yards per play.
The Cardinals scored their lone touchdown of the game when Adam Froman
hit Josh Chichester
from four yards out. Louisville took the third quarter kickoff and drove 61 yards for a 36-yard field goal from Ryan Payne
. However, the Bearcats put the game away with 20 consecutive points to win going away. The Louisville offense was held to just 275 yards of total offense, including a season-low 145 yards through the air, Louisville lost both Froman and Justin Burke
to injuries. Red-shirt freshman Will Stein
came in and was 6-for-9 for 98 yards.
The Cardinals also lost leading rusher Victor Anderson to an injury after he ran 12 times for 56 yards. Red-shirt freshman Darius Ashley came to the rescue and rushed 13 times for a career-high 67 yards in the loss. Tight end Cameron Graham caught three passes for 35 yards and wide receiver Doug Beaumont recorded three receptions for 29 yards to pace the Cardinals on the receiving end.
Louisville, who is 2-1 at home this season, will face Arkansas State for the first time in school history. The Red Wolves are 2-4 on the season overall and 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Series - U of L and Arkansas State
The Cardinals and Red Wolves will meet for the first time in school history. This will be the first meeting against a Sun Belt team since a 42-23 win over Middle Tennessee last season. The Cardinals return the trip to face Arkansas State next season in Jonesboro, Ark.
GAME FACTS - Louisville (2-5) vs. Arkansas State (2-4)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 31
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Site: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (40,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: WHAS-TV will televise the game with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Doug James (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
Rankings: Both Louisville and Arkansas State are unranked in this week's AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll.
Coaches: Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe is 13-18 in his third season as the Cardinals' head coach. He went 6-6 in 2007 and 5-7 in 2008. He is 42-40 all-time in his eighth season overall. Arkansas State's Steve Roberts is 39-51 in eight seasons as the head coach at Arkansas State and is 88-84-1 in 16 seasons overall.