LOUISVILLE v. SYRACUSE
September 13, 2003 | 1:30 P.M.
FOX 41 | 84 WHAS
Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino
On Syracuse: "Syracuse has a very good offense.I think that will be
our challenge defensively to slow them down, and get the ball back. They have a
very experienced offensive line that does a good job of run blocking. Their QB
had a really nice game for them the other day. He's a young man that was in and
out of the lineup last year. He has a tremendous amount of talent. He can run
and has a strong arm. It will be up to us to try and disrupt him, and try to
pressure him and take him off his game and see if we can cause him to make some
mistakes. They have a really good running back in Reyes. I coached against him
last year. He's really a good player. They also have a really big receiver in
Morant. He had a great return game the other and that's a big concern for us in
being able to stop. Plus, being 6-4, he causes some matchup problems with us
trying to cover him."
Bobby Petrino (ITV)
On Improving: "We want to improve from the
Kentucky game. Take it as if its
another important game for us. We want to go there play really well and win the
game, but what you really want to do is show a lot of improvement and get
better. As you look at the big picture, our main goal with these four preseason
games is to get better and get ready for our conference opener at USF.
It's going to be a hostile enviroment. They say its lot. I haven't been in there
before, but I've had people tell me its one of the loudest places they've ever
been in. Stefan will have to handle that with our cadence and checks, if were
even able to check. In a game like this your better off with really good tempo
and not try and stay at the line of scrimmage."
Syracuse Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni
On Louisville: "Louisville is a very good team. They have some
great backs. They have a very fast, physical defense. This is going be a real
challenge for us. We have to eliminate some of the mistakes we made last week.
We have to play better."
Paul Pasqualoni (SU)
On the Syracuse secondary: "There were times
where it was very good, and there were obviously a couple of plays where we had
couple coverage assignment problems and technique problems and we gave up a big
play. I would say very encouraging. Those kids are going in the right direction.
You just have to have a little patience and give them a little time. They are
going to be good."
News & Notes
Updated Season Statistics
Louisville has started 2-0 four of the last
Freshman punter Brent Moody will take over
the punting duties for the injured Wade Tydlacka.
The 240 rushing yards that the Cardinals
gained against Kentucky is the most since for U of L since they rushed for 275
yards in a win over Chattanooga in 1999.
The Cardinals were penalized only four times
in the season opener. Last season, Louisville was never penalized fewer
than seven times.
Louisville is 8-7 all-time when coming off a
Broderick Clark (ITV)
First time starter quarterback Stefan LeFors
completed a pass to six different receivers in the win over UK, including a six
to sophomore Broderick Clark.
Clark's six receptions in the opener was a
career-high, as was his 94 receiving yards.
Junior receiver J.R. Russell has now had at
least one reception in 12 straight contests.
Sophomore safety Brent Johnson, who made his
first career start against UK, recorded a team best and career-high nine tackles
against the Wildcats.
Nine players made their first career starts
in the season opener: RB Eric Shelton, QB Stefan LeFors, OL Renardo Foster, S Brent Johnson, CB Gavin Smart, LB Brandon Johnson, S Kerry Rhodes, DE
Marcus Jones and DE Montavious Stanley.
Since the 2000 season, Louisville is 10-0
when a running back rushes for at least 100 yards and is 22-3 when the team
eclipse the 100 yard mark.
By helping guide the Cardinals to a season
opening victory quarterback Stefan LeFors joins former U of L signal callers
Dave Ragone, Jeff Brohm and Browning Nagle as the only Louisville quarterbacks
to win their first college starts.
U of L is averaging 6.9 yards a play on first
DE Elvis Dumervil is the brother of Syracuse
DT Louis Gachelin.
Syracuse needed 3 overtimes to defeat North Carolina 49-47 in season opener at Chapel Hill.
LB Jameel Dumas and DE Josh Thomas are
injured and will not play. Dumas is the teams leading returning tackler
from last season.
Walter Reyes (SU)
RB Walter Reyes, who rushed for 191 yards on
28 carries in Syracuse's win over North Carolina last weekend, was named the Big
East's Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Johnnie Morant was named the Big East's
Special Teams Player of the Week. Morant returned four kickoffs for 131
yards, an average of 32.8 per return.
Syracuse is 3-0 all-time against Louisville.
The last meeting was in 1992 when the Orangemen won a defensive battle 15-9 in
the Carrier Dome.
The Orangemen are 6-6 in home openers while
Paul Pasqualoni has been the head coach.
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The Cardinals will open the game with a different approach
than was used in the season opener and will look to pass before run.
With the tight ends most likely staying in to block, especially early, I expect to see the
running back screen used a few times, forcing a linebacker into coverage.
Short quick pass routes will most likely be used to keep the blitzing Orangeman
honest. Play action will be used quite often as well, as the Cardinals
will effectively use the passing game to set up the rush for both Shelton and
Defensively I anticipate the Cardinals to continue to play
aggressive around the line of scrimmage. However, the Louisville defenders
must keep an eye on quarterback R.J. Anderson as he is a constant threat to run.
Expect to see the Syracuse coaching staff call numerous plays to challenge the
youth-filled Louisville secondary, which could get some additional help from
linebacker Robert McCune. For Louisville's secondary to be successful, the
defensive front for the Cardinals must limit Orangeman running back Walter Reyes
to around 100 yards in the game.
Louisville's offense will once again be effective as Coach
Petrino continues to mold his offense around what is available and what the
players abilities will allow them to excel at. Syracuse's offense
will be effective as well, but I don't believe that they have the same number of
weapons as Louisville. Special teams could once again play a large role in
the outcome, so the Cards must contain the Orangeman's kick returners.
Louisville improves to 2-0 with a 37-27 win over Syracuse.
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