Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-1, 0-0 OVC)
at Louisville Cardinals (0-1, 0-0 Big East)
Saturday, Sept. 11 • 2:30 p.m. CT
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (57,000) • Louisville, Ky.
TV:…. WHAS//ESPN3.com/WAZOO Sports
Live Stats: http://bit.ly/djkniG
Series Record:…. Louisville leads 16-8-1
Last Meeting:… Louisville won 24-14 (8/31/91)
Dean Hood at Eastern Kentucky:…. 13-11 (3 yrs.)
Dean Hood Overall:…. same
Charlie Strong at Louisville:… 0-1 (1 yr.)
Charlie Strong Overall:….. same
EKU Last Week:.. L, 31-9 at Missouri State
Louisville Last Week:….. L, 23-16 vs. Kentucky
GAME NOTES: For the 11th-straight season and 20th time overall Eastern Kentucky is facing a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). EKU is 4-15 in those contests since 1978 with its last win over a FBS team coming in 1985, a 45-21 victory over Louisville. The in-state foes have played 25 times over the years, but not since the 1991 season. The series dates all the way back to a 1927 meeting which UofL won 21-13 in Richmond.
SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky is looking to rebound from its season-opening loss at Missouri State, a game which was delayed a day due to bad weather. EKU was set to open the season Thursday night before a line of thunderstorms that contained lightning postponed the game until 1 p.m. on Friday. Despite losing the game sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor, a Louisville native, passed for a career-high 315 yards in the loss. It was the first time since the 2007 season (Allan Holland) that the Colonels had a quarterback break the 300-yard mark. During the game the EKU defense blocked a Missouri State punt; a season ago the Colonels led the OVC with 10 blocked kicks (punt, field goal or PAT) while recording at least one in seven of the 11 games of the 2009 season. One of the team’s key defensive players, cornerback Jeremy Caldwell (who is on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List) was limited to just a few players in the fourth quarter; the junior is recovering from a hernia. Senior kicker Logan O’Connor did make 3-of-4 field goals in the game, including a 47-yarder into the wind to end the first half. The loss to Missouri State did extend the team’s losing streak in road non-conference games to 17 games; EKU has not won a road non-conference tilt since beating Liberty on Nov. 2, 2002.
SCOUTING LOUISVILLE: Louisville opened up its first season under new head coach Charlie Strong a week ago with rival Kentucky, falling to the Wildcats 23-16 at the newly expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The game was played in front of a PJCS record 55,327 fans. UofL fell behind early but trimmed the advantage in the second half to make it a seven-point contest. Senior running back Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 153 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. The Cards were strong on special teams, as junior kicker Chris Philpott hit 3-of-3 field goal attempts, including a long of 44 yards. Senior quarterback Adam Froman completed 14 passes for 129 yards. The Cardinals coach came to Louisville after spending seven seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, including winning two national championships.
Source: Ohio Valley Conference