November 22, 2013
Game Day: Rivalry Renewed
Memphis Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals
Saturday, November 23
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Television: ESPN Regional
Radio: WHAS (840 AM)
Cardinals Close out Home Schedule
The University of Louisville closes out its home schedule with a visit from long-time rival Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools since Louisville won 56-0 in 2010 - the first season under head coach Charlie Strong. It was the first shutout under Strong and was the first since a 62-0 win over Temple in 2006.
The former Conference USA foes (1996-2004) have met 42 times in school history, with the Cardinals holding a 23-19 advantage.
Key Notes to Consider
The Cardinals will say goodbye to 20 seniors who will be playing their final home game for the Cardinals. Here is a list of the 20 seniors: LB Mike Addesa, DB Anthony Branch, LB Preston Brown, TE B.J. Butler, WR Damian Copeland, WR Jarrett Davis, DT Brandon Dunn, LB George Durant, TE Ryan Hubbell, OL Kamran Joyer, LB Champ Lee, DT Roy Philon, RB Senorise Perry, CB Stephan Robinson, LB Deon Rogers, CB Titus Teague, S Hakeem Smith, DE Marcus Smith, OL Chris Walker, S Alex Witcpalek.
Louisville raised its record to 9-1 for only the seventh time in school history with a 20-13 win over Houston on Saturday night. The Cardinals defense limited Houston to 195 yards of total offense, including 41 yards in the second half in the win over the Cougars.
The Cardinals are looking for their sixth conference win for the first time since going 6-1 in the BIG EAST Conference in 2006 and just the fifth time in school history. Louisville won a school record eight league games in 2004 and also won at least six in 2001 and 2000.
Junior running back Dominique Brown recorded his second 100-yard rushing game with a career-high 137 yards on a career-best 27 carries and his first two-touchdown performance. Brown put the Cardinals ahead in the first quarter with a 13-yard run and later scored on a three-yard scamper. Brown has totaled 650 yards and a team-high six touchdowns this season on a team-high 111 carries.
With the win over Houston, the Cardinals are 9-1 for the second-straight season and just the seventh time in school history. Outside of the last two seasons, the Cardinals were also 9-1 in 2006, 2004, 2001, 1972 and 1957. Head coach Charlie Strong is just the second coach in school history to lead their teams to a pair of 9-1 starts and the first coach to do it in consecutive seasons.
Defensive end Marcus Smith totaled one sack to raise his season total to 11.5 and junior Lorenzo Mauldin added one to give him 8.5 this season. Louisville totaled three more sacks to give them 35 on the season.
Mack Hails From Memphis
The Cardinals have recruited the state of Florida extensively, but they do have one player from Tennesse and the city of Memphis. Offensive tackle Ryan Mack grew up in Memphis and attended Wooddale High School, where he was rated one of the top in the city. While at Louisville, Mack has started nine games
in his career, including eight in 2013.
Louisville Senior Day
Senior Day is supposed to be a celebratory time for a football team, saying goodbye to a group of players who have given so much to the program over the years. However,, head coach Charlie Strong will look for his first win on Senior Day when they face Memphis on Saturday. Strong is 0-3 on Senior Day since taking over the program and all three losses have been by seven points or less.
Strong's team dropped a 23-20 triple-overtime decision to Connecticut last season, when the Huskies entered the game with a 4-6 mark. In 2011, the Cardinals fell 21-14 to Pittsburgh and also lost 17-10 to West Virginia in 2010.
The Cardinals are averaging 14.7 points per game in their three Senior Day outings under Strong. However, Louisville is also only giving up 20.3 points per game.
Bridgewater Continues to Be the Man
Former UofL quarterback Brian Brohm (2004-07) holds the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 30, achieving the record in 2007.
Bridgewater is on pace to break the school's single-season touchdown record of 30. The Miami, Fla., has thrown 24 touchdown passes in his first 10 games after throwing one more in the win over Connecticut on Nov. 8. Bridgewater tied Dave Ragone (2002) for sixth in a season with 24 touchdown passes. Including the bowl game (Louisville is bowl eligible), Bridgewater is on pace to break the school mark with 31 touchdown strikes.
He had thrown touchdown passes in 21-consecutive games, the longest streak in school history and tied for the fifth-longest in the nation before being stopped for the first time since the 2012 opener against Kentucky. Dave Ragone held the previous record at 17-consecutive games from the end of 2001 (last nine games) to the start of 2002 (first eight).
Recent streaks: Chris Redman registered 14-straight games with touchdown passes. Brian Brohm threw a touchdown pass in every game in 2007 for a 12-game streak.
Bridgewater Continues to Win
Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has led the Cardinals to 19 wins as a starting quarterback over the last two seasons, going 10-2 last year and 9-1 this season. The Miami, Fla., native owns 24 career victories as the Cardinals' starting quarterback after also going 5-5 in 2011 as a true freshman.
Bridgewater's 24 wins are tied with Brian Brohm for the third-most in school history, just three from tying the school record of 27 held by Dave Ragone. John Madeya owns 26 wins.
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