Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (56,000/Field Turf)
BIG EAST Network — Drew Deener and Doug James
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 26th meeting between Louisville and Eastern Kentucky in a series that dates to the 1927 season … The Cardinals hold a 16-8-1 series lead … The schools last met in 1991, when Louisville was a 24-14 winner … Louisville’s last loss to a Championship Subdivision school was a 45-21 win by Eastern Kentucky in 1985 … Louisville is 9-3-1 all-time at home against the Colonels and have won eight of the last nine in the series … Louisville is 104 miles from Richmond, Ky., the site of Eastern Kentucky’s campus.
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
0-1, first season
(502) 802-0102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisville dropped a 23-16 decision to Kentucky in Charlie Strong’s first game as the Cardinals’ head coach … The game was played in front of a record crowd of 55,327 at the newly expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium … The Cardinals trailed 20-6 at halftime, but closed to within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter … Through the first week of 2010, Louisville ranks third nationally in kickoff returns (45.5 yards per return) and seventh nationally in punt returns (28.0 ypr) … RB Bilal Powell turned in the best performance of his career — and the best by a BIG EAST back in Week 1 — with 153 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries … QB Adam Froman was 14-for-29 for 127 yards and an interception … WR Doug Beaumont had a team-high 40 receiving yards on three catches … S Shenard Holton finished with a team-high nine tackles … K Chris Philpott scored 10 of the Cardinals’ 16 points against Kentucky with three field goals and a PAT … Following the game against Eastern Kentucky, Louisville plays its next two on the road with dates at Oregon State and Arkansas State.
EASTERN KENTUCKY (0-1)
Dean Hood (Ohio Wesleyan ’86)
13-11, third season
(859) 622-6170, Michael.Clark@eku.edu
Eastern Kentucky was on the short end of a 31-9 score against Missouri State in the Colonels’ season-opener … The game was supposed to have been played last Thursday, but the teams sat through a three-hour delay due to lightning before the game was moved to last Friday … The Colonels were limited to just 35 rushing yards, but still had 350 yards of offense … QB T.J. Pryor — a native of Louisville and the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year — completed 22 of 47 passes for 315 yards and two interceptions … Pryor was sacked six times … Three different receivers had at least 65 receiving yards, including WR Tyrone Goard, who had five catches for 89 yards … K Logan O’Connor hit three field goals in four attempts to account for all of Eastern Kentucky’s scoring … Eastern Kentucky’s special teams blocked a punt in the third quarter, marking the eighth time in the last 12 games at the Colonels had at least one block … The Colonels were 5-6 last year, with two of the losses coming to Bowl Subdivision opponents (Indiana and Kentucky) … Eastern Kentucky is facing an FBS team for the 11th consecutive year … The Colonels have won 20 OVC championships, including back-to-back conference titles in 2007 and 2008.