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...

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...

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...

Despite lopsided win over Kent State, questions remain about Louisville heading into ACC action

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville football fans got a glimpse of the Cardinals’ long-range future Saturday afternoon in sweltering Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — at least as much of it as could be determined when the opponent is virtually helpless. What should concern the Louisville faithful more, however, is the immediate future. To me, the Cards (3-1) still look...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Louisville star quarterback Jackson not concerned about repeat Heisman performance

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today A year ago at this time as an unproven sophomore, Lamar Jackson wasn’t thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy, and he is taking the same approach as the No. 16 University of Louisville football team heads into its season opener against Purdue on Saturday. Jackson could become the first player to win the Heisman twice since the award started in 1935, a feat that...

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...

Keyed by Smith, rushing records could fall thanks to deep, talented Cardinals’ backfield

University of Louisville running back Jeremy Smith suffered a foot injury in March, which caused him to be shut down for the final couple weeks of spring practice. For a football player and a competitor, the hardest thing to do is sit back and watch their teammates every day in practice. But for Smith, it might have been a blessing. “I don’t really like sitting out because I like to be out...

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...

After moving all over the field, versatile Bonnafon finally finds a home in Louisville’s backfield

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Throughout his career on the University of Louisville football team, Reggie Bonnafon has made more moves than Atlas Van Lines, but all signs currently point to his vagabond days finally coming to an end. His athletcism and versatility may have been his worst enemies in the failure of the coaching staff to settle Bonnafon into a permanent role. As a true freshman, he started...

So far, so good: Petrino excited about Cards’ prospects following first full week of practice

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today So far, so good. That sums up coach Bobby Petrino’s feelings about his University of Louisville football team after the first full week of practice. “I like what I see,” Petrino said during the team’s annual Media Day Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “I see a group of guys who are in really good condition, the best shape we’ve...

Practice can wait for Cards; Petrino wants his team fresh for beginning of 2017 season

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — September is a critical month for the University of Louisville football team if the Cardinals are to mount another serious challenge to Atlantic Coast Conference kingpins Clemson and Florida State. So one would assume that UofL coach Bobby Petrino would want his players on the practice field as soon as possible to get ready not only for the...

Media poll predicts third-place finish for Cardinals; Jackson named ACC preseason Player of Year

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year, and the University of Louisville football team was picked to finish third in the conference’s Atlantic Division, the league announced on Monday. According to a poll of the league’s 167 media members in attendance at the 2017 ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., Florida State is the preseason...

Heisman Trophy winner Jackson stars in U of L spring game; newcomer Fitzpatrick also impressive

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After last year’s 73-7 Red romp, Bobby Petrino thought he had divided his University of Louisville football team more evenly for Saturday’s Red-White spring intrasquad game by splitting the starters to make it more competitive. But with Lamar Jackson around, there was very little Petrino could do short of surrounding his star quarterback...

Recalling poor finish last season, Petrino eager to get his Louisville squad back on practice field

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — By his own admission, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has had a difficult time dealing with the collapse of his team in the final three weeks of the 2016 season when the Cardinals lost consecutive games to Houston, Kentucky and LSU (in the Citrus Bowl) after being included in playoff conversation for most of the season. “I probably...