Cardinals looking to recreate dominate run game in Saturday’s matchup with Demon Deacons

Outside of a 34-point fourth quarter in last season’s football matchup, Louisville and Wake Forest have played a couple of games down to the wire. The Demon Deacons led the Cardinals last year 12-3 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium before Louisville exploded for a 44-12 win. In 2015, Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Louisville forced five turnovers in the second half in a 20-19...

A Return to Form: Louisville defensive unit looking for better performance against Seminoles

Dominant is a subtle way to describe the University of Louisville football team’s performance in last year’s victory over Florida State. The Cardinals’ offense registered 530 yards and tallied 21 second-quarter points, while the defense accumulated five sacks, one interception, limited the Seminoles to 2 of 13 on third-down conversions, and stifled Florida State to 284 yards of offense. Louisville...

Petrino, Cardinals hope to regain early rhythm with ACC road match with Florida State

Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes to regain it at Florida State this weekend. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Opening the season in the top five...

Jackson rallies Cards in late going, but it’s not enough as Boston College hangs on for 45-42 victory

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Once again, Lamar Jackson couldn’t rescue the University of Louisville’s sagging football team. Or more accurately, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner couldn’t overcome another disappointing performance by the Cardinals’ helpless defense in a wild shootout. Jackson engineered a fourth-quarter rally that produced three touchdowns, 14 unanswered points...

Return of preseason All-American Alexander lifts Cardinals’ spirits heading into matchup with BC

Every football program needs a ray or two of sunshine now and again. For the Louisville football team, it’s coming in the form preseason All-American Jaire Alexander and one unusual element: rain. The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss at NC State, with a stout defensive team in Boston College in waiting. Louisville has spent plenty of time since the Thursday night contest watching film and working...

Petrino says unexpected shortcomings on defense holding back Cardinals’ progress

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Before the season started, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino was confident that his defensive unit — which returned nine starters — would be just as formidable as it had been the past three seasons when it ranked among the top 15 in the country. However, not only has that not proven to be the case, but halfway through the season, the defense is shaping up to be...

Louisville turns out to be ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ following Clemson smackdown

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today What now? What will be the fallout for the punch-drunk University of Louisville football team — aka the Not Ready for Primetime Players — in the wake of their humiliating 47-21 smackdown by Clemson Saturday night in a game that was predicted to be another hard-fourth classic in the young rivalry? Instead it turned into an embarrassing defeat in front of an ABC national...

Louisville freshman linebacker Etheridge becoming pivotal piece of nationally ranked defense

For seven-consecutive seasons, Louisville’s defense has ranked in the top-25 nationally. Breaking into the lineup, given the success over that span, is an all but easy task. Dorian Etheridge, however, has shown that he is anything but a standard freshman. When he took the field in the season opener against Purdue, he became the first true freshman to start at linebacker since James Burgess during...

Petrino hoping Cards peak at the right time for nationally televised showdown with Clemson

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Let the hype begin. Actually, it already had, with the announcement over the weekend that ESPN’s “College Game Day” would be visiting Louisville for the second season in a row to showcase the No. 14 Cardinals’ (2-0, 1-0 ACC) crucial showdown with No. 3 Clemson (2-0, 0-0) Saturday night. The buildup will continue to escalate throughout the week, so...

Cardinals get prime time national showcase spot on ABC for showdown with No. 3 Clemson

Saturday’s football game between a pair of top-15 teams Louisville and Clemson is being moved to prime time, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Sunday. The contest, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will be played at 8:12 p.m. and televised nationally on ABC with Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler, and Maria Taylor. Louisville is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll and faces a...

Jackson accounts for 525 yards of offense, six TD’s as Cardinals roll to ACC win over Tar Heels

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Heading into Saturday’s game against Louisville, North Carolina linebacker Andre Smith vowed the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams wasn’t going to be the Lamar Jackson Show. “We’ll stop anything (Jackson) tries to do. . .He’s not going to beat us,” Smith boasted. “He’s not going to be able to run on us; we have...

Louisville defense hopes to turn up the heat for North Carolina’s up-tempo attack

The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the ‘two is better than one’ mantra. For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinals’ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon...

Cardinals, Petrino prepare for road challenge at North Carolina in ACC opener

With all the theatrics from the football season opener in the rearview mirror, the focus for the University of Louisville has turned to the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at North Carolina on Saturday in Kenan Stadium. “We’re going to work on a lot of things to get ready for this weekend, to go on the road and play North Carolina, a team that looks good on video,” UofL head coach Bobby Petrino...

Cards overcome mistakes, but narrow win can’t disguise big problems for the Cards

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Yes, Lamar Jackson turned in another solid, and game-saving, performance. True, the defense came through with several big plays at crunch time. Those are the highlights from the University of Louisville’s opening 35-28 victory over Purdue in front of 37,394 fans Saturday night in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Other than that, the No. 16 Cardinals — a 25-point...

Cardinals hope offense will light up the Lucas Oil Stadium scoreboard in opener against Purdue

The Louisville Cardinals’ offensive numbers a season ago – 42.5 points and 532.7 yards per game – were astonishing. Matching that output, let alone surpassing it, is difficult to fathom given both of those were top-10 marks nationally. However, the Carinals have plenty of firepower – led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson – returning as the team gets set to open the 2017...

Petrino says Cards’ offense, defense look sharp heading into season-opener against Purdue

Game week for University of Louisville football has arrived. With the Cardinals’ 2017 opener five days away, it’s time to stop all the rhetoric and get on the field to play the game. The Cardinals will get their opportunity to see how much they’ve improved this fall when they take on Purdue Saturday night from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be shown nationally on FOX. “I’m...

Returning starters plus emergence of Bell and Thomas make Cardinals’ offensive line picture clearer

Heading into fall camp looking to fill three positions on the offensive line, the University of Louisville football team had few experienced options to occupy those vacancies. After 19 practices during fall camp, the picture is becoming a little clearer as to who will be the five players that shape that unit in the season opener versus Purdue on Sept. 2. The Cardinals have two returning starters in...

Single-game tickets, three-game packages for UofL football games available for public sale

Single-game tickets and three-game packages for University of Louisville football contests are available to the public starting Tuesday. Single-game admission for matchups at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium against Kent State (Sept. 23), Murray State (Sept. 30), Boston College (Oct. 14), Virginia (Nov. 11), and Syracuse (Nov. 18) are available starting at $22 per seat. Fans who have yet to purchase...

Petrino says Cardinals ‘focused on learning and getting better’ as fall camp wraps up

The loud cheers coming out of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday were not from all the touchdowns scored in the second scrimmage of fall camp, but from the joy of the University of Louisville football players, realizing that the grind of camp was over. With classes officially starting on Monday, the Cardinals completed camp with a 145-play scrimmage under intense heat on the field — and...

Presale underway now for University of Louisville single-game football tickets

A presale for University of Louisville season ticket holders began on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for three-game packages and a limited number of single-game football tickets to five of the Cardinals’ six home games Season ticket holders were notified of the presale as well as a special promo code via email. The public can purchase available three-game packages and single-game tickets starting on Aug. 22...