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Strong Says UK Win A “Relief” For Seniors

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says Saturday’s win over UK was a relief to his senior players who had never experienced victory over their in-state rival.

The Cards defeated Kentucky 24-17 in Lexington to snap a four game losing streak to the Wildcats.

Strong told reporters at his weekly press conference today that a boost in fan support  would give his team more confidence on the field.    He says he’s puzzled by U of L alumni who favor UK over their alma mater.

“You know I have a friend, and I tease her all the time, and I know she’s going to get embarrassed when I say this, but she coaches my daughter in volleyball. She graduated from Louisville and she supports Kentucky.    Her whole car is Kentucky.  I don’t understand that.   I’ve never heard of that.   At Florida, you would never support Florida State if you were a Gator,” he said.

U of L has this week off, and returns to action October 1 against Marshall.

Kentucky is back on the field this weekend, hosting Florida.

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Cards And Cats To Renew Rivalry In Lexington

The annual battle for the Governor’s Cup is tomorrow  night in Lexington as U of L and UK square off for football bragging rights.

Second year coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are coming off a home loss to Florida International, a defeat he calls frustrating and disappointing.

“When you talk about rebuilding a football program, you don’t ever need to talk about confidence, you don’t need to talk about playing hard, you don’t need to talk about finishing, because it’s instilled within the program.   That’s what we have to get to in order to get this program turned around,’ he said this week.

U of L is 1-1 on the season, with its victory coming in the opener against Murray State.   Kentucky is 2-0, with wins over Western Kentucky and Central Michigan.

UK has a four-game winning streak in its series with Louisville.

Kickoff is 7pm.

Indiana returns to action tomorrow against South Carolina State.

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Cards Defeat Rutgers, 40-13

The University of Louisville football team is now bowl-eligible after a 40-13 victory at Rutgers today.

Running back Bilal Powell caught two touchdown passes and ran for a third as the Cards finished the regular season with a 6-6 record under first-year coach Charlie Strong.

The last time the Cards were bowl-eligible was in 2007, but they weren’t selected for a post-season game. That’s not expected to be the case this year.

U of L’s last bowl appearance was in 2006, when the Cards won the Orange Bowl.

 

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Cards Have Final Chance At Bowl Eligibility

The University of Louisville football team has one last chance to become bowl eligible this season.

The Cards can notch win number six Friday at Rutgers in their final regular season game.

First year coach Charlie Strong says it would be major milestone in the rebuilding process.

“For the last three years we haven’t been to (a bowl) and a bowl game would (show) that we are taking major steps to get this program headed in the right direction,” he said.

The Cards are 5-6 after two straight home losses. Rutgers has a 4-6 and has lost four in a row.

Friday’s kickoff is at 11am.

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Cards Host West Virginia, Seek Sixth Victory

By Sheila Ash

The University of Louisville football team will close out its home schedule when West Virginia visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday.

It’s another chance for the Cardinals to notch the sixth win needed to become bowl-eligible.

Coach Charlie Strong says the Mountaineers are tough on both sides of the ball.

“Offensively have a lot of speed, quarterback is playing well. Offensive line is big and solid, kicking game is very solid. So it’s going to be a battle for us. It’s going to be a really good true test for us. Cause this is a very, very good football team and we’re going to have to play very well to win this game,” he said.

Kick-off is at noon. It’s also Senior Day at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

In other action Saturday, Indiana takes on Penn State. Kentucky is idle this week.

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U of L Could Become Bowl Eligible Saturday

By Sheila Ash

The University of Louisville football team could become eligible for a bowl game for the first time in four years with a win this Saturday.

After two straight games on the road the Cardinals will host the University of South Florida.

Speaking Monday at his weekly press conference, Coach Charlie Strong says the Bulls are playing very well.

“And they are an experienced team. You look at their quarter back who was a starter last year similar to our quarterback who was a starter. So they have enough in place where this is going to be a really good challenge for us…a tough challenge for us,” he said.

South Florida leads the series against the Cardinals 4 to 3, with all of each team’s victories coming at home.

The Cardinals snapped their 11 game Big East road losing streak with a 28 to 20 win at Syracuse last Saturday.

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U of L Hosts Memphis In Football Homecoming

The University of Louisville football team is back in action Saturday, hosting Memphis.

Last week at Arkansas State, the Cards saw their 24 point halftime lead cut to seven late in the game. Coach Charlie Strong says his team will learn the importance of playing a complete game.

“We just need to come back and just go play. A lot of times that happens, you get complacent and you’re playing against a team that you’re better than, and we were better than them, so guys just didn’t come back and focus,” he said.

The Cards are 2-2 on the season; Memphis has a 1-4 record.

It’s also homecoming at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is at 2pm.

The Kentucky Wildcats host Auburn Saturday night; Indiana travels to Ohio State.

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Cards Back In Action At Arkansas State

After a week off, the University of Louisville football team is back in action Saturday against Arkansas State.

Coach Charlie Strong says his team will have to adjust to the absence of senior wide receiver Doug Beaumont, who’s out indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery.

“Doug does a lot for us, and what’s key, we have other guys, and other guys got to step up and then they have to play. We have enough guys that have not been playing well and need to do their job and guys understand that,” he said.

Kickoff in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where it’s also homecoming, is 7:00pm. The Cards have a 1-2 record; the Red Wolves are 1-3.

The Kentucky Wildcats return to action Saturday at Mississippi, while Indiana hosts Michigan.