Heinz Field (65,050/Natural Grass)
Saturday, October 13 • 11 a.m. • ESPNU
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPNU — Tom Hart and John Congemi
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 16th meeting between Louisville and Pittsburgh in a series that began in 1976 … Pittsburgh holds an 8-7 series lead and has won the last four meetings … Louisville had won seven straight from 1992-2007 … The last meeting was Pittsburgh’s 21-14 win Nov. 12, 2011, as Panther QB Tino Sunseri rushed for a touchdown and threw a TD pass.
18/16 LOUISVILLE (5-0)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
11-6, second season at Louisville
11-7, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville returns from a bye week to play its third consecutive road game … The Cardinals went into last week’s bye on the heels of a 21-17 win at Southern Mississippi Sept. 29 … Louisville is 5-0 for the first time since 2006, when the Cardinals won the BIG EAST title and finished 12-1 after a win against Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl … The current stretch is the first three-game road swing for Louisville since 2002 … The Cardinals have won five straight road games … Louisville is one of just five teams among the 11 FBS conferences that has not played a league game (Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, Utah State, Texas State) … QB Teddy Bridgewater has been the catalyst on offense … Bridgewater has completed 73.0 percent of his passes (100 of 137) and has thrown for 1,134 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions … Despite Louisville’s 100 completions, the Cardinals don’t have a receiver with more than 16 catches, though nine players have at least eight receptions … RB Senorise Perry is ranked third in the BIG EAST in rushing (91.6 ypg), while RB Jeremy Wright is sixth (77.8 ypg) … S Calvin Pryor has a team-high 37 tackles with an interception and leads the nation with four forced fumbles … S Hakeem Smith has 26 tackles, while CB Adrian Bushell has 25.
PITTSBURGH (2-3, 0-2 BIG EAST)
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin ’88)
2-3, first season
Pittsburgh looks for its first BIG EAST win of the season after the Panthers dropped a 14-13 decision at Syracuse last Friday … The last unbeaten team (through four games) ranked in the top 20 to visit Heinz Field was USF, when Pitt scored a 44-17 win against the 14th-ranked Bulls last season… Pittsburgh is looking to avoid its first 0-3 start in BIG EAST play since 2001 … QB Tino Sunseri will make his 32nd consecutive start Saturday … Sunseri has thrown for 1,463 yards and eight touchdowns against just two interceptions in 152 attempts this season … RB Ray Graham is averaging 83.8 yards per game (419 yards on 89 attempts) … WR Devin Street has a team-high 28 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns, while WR Mike Shanahan has 25 catches for a BIG EAST-leading 451 yards and three TDs … S Jason Hendricks has led the defense with a BIG EAST-leading three interceptions to go with 27 tackles … S Jarred Holley has a team-high 32 tackles, while LB Shane Gordon has 31 … P Matt Yoklic is averaging 43.5 yards on 21 punts this year.