Arkansas State Red Wolves
ASU Stadium (30,406/ProGreen)
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Saturday’s game is just the second meeting between Louisville and Arkansas State … Louisville was a 21-13 winner at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Oct. 31, 2009, in the first meeting … The Cardinals were forced to start third-string QB Will Stein, who responded by throwing for 232 yards, while RB Darius Ashley added a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
1-2, first season
Louisville enjoyed a bye last week on the heels of a cross-country trip to play Oregon State Sept. 18 … The Cardinals are 1-2 after a 35-28 setback to the Beavers … Louisville opened with a 23-16 loss to Kentucky and followed with a 23-13 win against Eastern Kentucky … RB Bilal Powell is ranked second in the BIG EAST and 18th nationally in rushing at 109.3 yards per game … Powell has rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries … QB Adam Froman has completed 51 of 90 passes for 634 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions … Froman is fourth in the BIG EAST in passing (211.3 ypg) and third in total offense (235.0 ypg) … RB Victor Anderson has 114 rushing yards this season, but ranks third in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards (133.3 ypg) … Anderson is the BIG EAST leader in kickoff returns at 34.6 yards per return …The Cardinals will be without WR Doug Beaumont, who is sidelined with a knee injury …Beaumont ranks third in the BIG EAST in receiving yards (81.3 ypg) … DT Rodney Gnat leads the BIG EAST with 4.5 sacks … LB Shenard Holton has a team-high 20 tackles … K Chris Philpott has made all three of his field goal attempts … Louisville has not scored in the first quarter this season.
ARKANSAS STATE (1-3, 1-2 Sun Belt)
Steve Roberts (Ouachita Baptist ’87)
42-58, ninth season at Arkansas State
91-91-1, 17th season as collegiate head coach
Arkansas State fell to 1-3 with a 35-28 loss to Troy last week … It was the third straight Sun Belt Conference game for the Red Wolves, who are 1-2 in league play … The lone opponent outside the Sun Belt thus far was Auburn, which was a 52-26 winner in the season-opener … Arkansas State has averaged 436.5 yards of offense and ranks ninth nationally in passing offense at 309.5 yards per game … QB Ryan Aplin ranks second in the Sun Belt in passing at 299.0 yards per game and leads the conference, and is fifth nationally, in total offense at 335.5 ypg … Aplin has completed 89 of 151 passes for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions … Aplin threw for 237 yards and ran for a team-high 89 last week against Troy … WR Allen Muse has 16 receptions for 332 yards and a touchdown to rank third in the Sun Belt in receiving … LB Javon McKinnon is ninth in the Sun Belt in tackles (7.5 per game) … DT Bryan Hall (2.5) and DT Amos Draper (2.0) rank third and fourth in the conference in sacks … Draper has a team-high 5.5 tackles for loss … FS M.D. Jennings has a team-high two interceptions.