Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, November 24 • Noon • BIG EAST Network
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Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Paul Carcaterra
WTIC-AM 1080 (flagship)
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Connecticut and Louisville have met eight times prior to Saturday’s matchup … The Cardinals have gone 5-3 against the Huskies, including wins in each of the last two meetings … Connecticut won three straight between 2007 and 2009 … Louisville was a 34-20 winner last season in East Hartford, Conn., as the Cardinals scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.
CONNECTICUT (4-6, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Paul Pasqualoni (Penn State ’72)
9-13, second season at Connecticut
150-89-1, 21st season as collegiate head coach
Connecticut snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-17 win against Pittsburgh Nov. 9 … The Huskies, who were idle last week, scored the first 24 points against Pittsburgh and saw the Panthers score the last 17 … Connecticut has scored just three second-half points in its last five games … The Huskies lead the BIG EAST and rank ninth nationally in total defense (296.2 yards per game) … Connecticut is 11th nationally in rushing defense (107.6 ypg) and 21st in pass defense (188.6 ypg) … Individually, DE Trevardo Williams is the BIG EAST leader in sacks (8.5, 0.9 per game), while LB Yawin Smallwood is third the league in tackles (100, 10.0 tpg) and second in tackles for loss (13.0, 1.3 per game) … CB Dwayne Gratz leads the team with three interceptions and 10 passes defended … QB Chandler Whitmer has completed 185 of 309 passes for 2,328 yards and eight touchdowns, but has a league-high 14 interceptions … QB Scott McCummings sees significant snaps as well and has rushed for two touchdowns … RB Lyle McCombs is sixth in the BIG EAST in rushing (74.1 ypg) … WR Geremy Davis has 37 receptions for 556 yards and a touchdown, while TE Ryan Griffin has a team-high five touchdown catches.
11/10 LOUISVILLE (9-1, 4-1 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
15-7, second season at Louisville
15-8, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season — a 45-26 setback at Syracuse Nov. 10… The Cardinals had a bye last weekend … Louisville is ranked No. 20 in the Bowl Championship Series standings after being ranked No. 9 two weeks ago … The Cardinals started the season 9-0 for the first time in school history … QB Teddy Bridgewater is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback … In six home games this season, Bridgewater has completed 74.7 percent of his passes (136 of 182) for 1,851 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception … Overall, Bridgewater has thrown for 2,858 yards and 21 TDs with five INTs and has a 70.9-percent completion rate … RB Senorise Perry, the team’s leading rusher, was lost for the season with a knee injury against Syracuse … RB Jeremy Wright (680 yards, 9 TDs) will see most of the carries the rest of the way … LB Preston Brown has a team-high 80 tackles … S Calvin Pryor has 76 tackles with two interceptions and four forced fumbles.