at North Carolina Tar Heels
Kenan Stadium (63,000/Natural Grass)
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saturday, October 8 • Noon • ESPN2
ESPN2 — Bob Wischusen and Bob Davie
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the sixth meeting between Louisville and North Carolina … The Cardinals hold a 3-2 series lead in a rivalry that dates to 1988 … Louisville has won the last two meetings by a combined scored of 103-14, including a 34-0 win in their last trip to Chapel Hill in 2004 … North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers served as Louisville’s defensive coordinator from 1995-97.
LOUISVILLE (2-2, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
9-8, second season at Louisville
9-9, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville looks to rebound from a 17-13 loss to Marshall in which the Cardinals were shut out in the second half … Louisville is 5-2 on the road under head coach Charlie Strong, including a 24-17 win at Kentucky in its only road game of the 2011 season … QB Will Stein, who started the first three games, is considered day-to-day with a shoulder injury suffered in the win against Kentucky … QB Teddy Bridgewater made his first career start last week … Stein has thrown for 615 yards and five touchdowns with one interception, while Bridgewater has 341 passing yards with three TDs and three INTs … The Cardinals have used three running backs regularly, but have just two rushing touchdowns this season … WR Devante Parker has a team-high three touchdown catches … Louisville’s defense has held opponents to just 85.0 rushing yards per game and 2.2 yards per carry … The Cardinals lead the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 9.0 TFL per game … LB Dexter Heyman has a team-high 34 tackles with six tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble … DE Greg Scruggs has a team-high three sacks.
-/rv NORTH CAROLINA (4-1, 1-1 ACC)
Interim Head Coach
Everett Withers (Appalachian State ’85)
4-1, first season
North Carolina has opened with four wins in five games for Everett Withers, who is serving as the Tar Heels’ interim coach after Butch Davis was dismissed July 27 … Withers had been North Carolina’s defensive coordinator since 2008 … The Tar Heels enter Saturday’s game following a 35-20 win at East Carolina … North Carolina scored the first 21 points against East Carolina in front of a record crowd in Greenville, N.C. … The lone loss was a 35-28 setback at Georgia Tech Sept. 24 … North Carolina also has a win against a BIG EAST opponent after edging Rutgers 24-22 Sept. 10 … QB Bryn Renner has completed 75.7 percent of his passes (87 of 115) for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions … Renner ranks fifth nationally in pass efficiency (179.1) … RB Giovani Bernard is averaging 109.6 rushing yards per game with seven touchdowns … WR Dwight Jones has 33 receptions for 514 yards (averaging 102.8 yards per game) with six touchdown catches … DE Quinton Coples was an All-ACC First Team selection last season and is tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks … LB Kevin Reddick has a team-high 33 tackles, while LB Zach Brown leads the team with five tackles for loss.