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Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals Alternate Logo.svg LVilleCards.png
First season 1912
Head coach Charlie Strong
1st year, 0–0–0  (–)
Home stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Stadium capacity 58,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Conference Big East
Past conferences 1963-1974 Missouri Valley Conference, 1975-1995 Independent, 1996-2004 Conference USA
All-time record 431–411–17 (.512)
Postseason bowl record 6–7–1
Conference titles 6
Current uniform
Colors Red and Black            
Fight song Fight! UofL
Mascot Cardinal Bird
Marching band U of L Red Rage
Traditional Rivals Kentucky, Cincinnati, Memphis
Website UofL Sports

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team is a member of the Big East Conference. The football program is on the decline, having had its best success and gaining its greatest prominence over the last decade but has failed to reach a bowl game the past three seasons. Entering the 2007 season, the Cardinals had made nine straight bowl game appearances and have won 41 games over the last four years. UofL went 12-1 in 2006, winning the Big East championship and the Orange Bowl, which was the school's first Bowl Championship Series bowl game. The 2007 Cards, tabbed as the nation's No. 5 team in the 2007 preseason by Sports Illustrated, ended the season 6-6. The 2008 Cardinals finished 5-7. The football Cardinals have earned national rankings as high as sixth in 2004 and 2006. The team plays its home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


Logos and uniforms

Louisville's 2003-2008 uniform combinations


Louisville Cardinals football roster
  •  2 Will Stein, So.
  •  9 Adam Froman, Sr.
  • 13 Justin Burke, Sr.
  • 18 Luke Woodley, Fr.

Running Backs

  •  8 Darius Ashley, So. (HB)
  • 15 Bilal Powell, Sr. (HB)
  • 20 Victor Anderson, Jr. (HB)
  • 25 Malik Curtley, So. (HB)
  • 28 Jeremy Wright, Fr. (HB)
  • 34 James Miller, So. (HB)
  • 41 Eugene Sowell, Sr. (HB)
  • 45 Blayne Donnell, Sr. (HB)
  • 86 Zach Meagher, Jr. (FB)

Wide Receivers

  •  7 Damian Copeland, Fr.
  • 11 Josh Chichester, Jr.
  • 14 Andrell Smith, So.
  • 17 DeMarcus Topp, So.
  • 19 Jahmal Lawson, So.
  • 21 Troy Pascley, Sr.
  • 23 Mike Hayes, Jr.
  • 27 Doug Beaumont, Sr.
  • 37 Lincoln Carr, So.
  • 88 Stephen Goodwin, Fr.
  • 89 Scott Radcliff, So.

Tight Ends

  • 47 Chris White, Fr.
  • 81 Rock Keys, Sr.
  • 82 Pete Nochta, Sr.
  • 83 Cameron Graham, Sr.
  • 85 Nate Nord, So.
  • 87 Stephon Ball, So.
Offensive Linemen
  • 55 Mario Benavides, So. (C)
  • 59 Zach Perkins, Fr. (OL)
  • 62 John Clark, Jr. (OL)
  • 65 Josh Byrom, Sr. (G/C)
  • 66 Alex Kupper, So. (OL)
  • 67 Nick Egart, Jr. (OL)
  • 68 Kamran Joyer, Fr. (OL)
  • 69 Chris Walker, Fr. (OL)
  • 70 Conrad Thomas, Sr. (OL)
  • 72 Hunter Stout, Fr. (OL)
  • 73 Hector Hernandez, Jr. (OL)
  • 74 Jeff Adams, Sr. (OT)
  • 75 Ryan Kessling, Jr. (OT)
  • 76 Greg Tomczyk, Sr. (OT)
  • 77 Joe Evinger, Sr. (OL)
  • 78 Byron Stingily, Sr. (OT)
  • 79 Mark Wetterer, Sr. (OG)

Defensive Linemen

  • 10 Malcolm Mitchell, Fr. (DE)
  • 11 Greg Scruggs, Jr. (DE)
  • 32 Roy Philon, Fr. (DT)
  • 46 Dexter Heyman, Jr. (DE)
  • 58 Rodney Gnat, Sr. (DE)
  • 61 William Savoy, Jr. (DE)
  • 63 Chris Johnson, Fr. (DL)
  • 64 Ibrahim Kourouma, Fr. (DL)
  • 90 Malcolm Tatum, Sr. (DE)
  • 91 Tyler Harrell, So. (DE)
  • 94 Joseph Townsend, Sr. (DT)
  • 95 Randy Salmon, So. (DT)
  • 96 Patrick Grant, So. (DE)
  • 97 Tim High, Sr. (DT)
  • 98 Drew Davis, So. (DT)
  • 99 Zach Kiernan, Jr. (DE)
  •  5 Brandon Heath, Sr.
  • 13 Jacob Geffrad, Fr.
  • 24 Daniel Brown, So.
  • 25 C.J. Peake, Jr.
  • 33 Horace Miller, So.
  • 34 George Durant, rr.
  • 37 Ikaika Kapu, Fr.
  • 44 Bo Eggers, Fr.
  • 51 Mike Privott, Fr.
  • 52 Antwon Canady, Sr.
  • 54 Reinhold Leicht, Jr.

Defensive Backs

  •  3 Isaac Geffrad, Fr. (S)
  •  5 Kenneth Jaboin, Jr. (DB)
  • 13 Preston Pace, Jr. (CB)
  • 14 Shenard Holton, So. (S)
  • 18 Titus Teague, Fr. (CB)
  • 19 Johnny Patrick, Sr. (CB)
  • 22 Jacques Caldwell, So. (CB)
  • 26 Zed Evans, Fr. (CB)
  • 31 Champ Lee, Fr. (S)
  • 35 Anthony Conner, Sr. (CB)
  • 40 Terrence Simien, Jr. (S)
  • 42 Bobby Burns, Sr. (CB)

Special Teams

  • 12 Chris Philpott, Jr. (K)
  • 35 Jon Payne, Sr. (P)
  • 40 Jordan Bleser, Jr. (P)
  • 60 Daniel Weedman, Fr. (LS)
Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Mike Sanford - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
  • Vance Bedford - Defensive Coordinator
  • Kenny Carter - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
  • Dave Borbely - Offensive Line Coach
  • Ron Dugans - Wide Receivers Coach
  • Jon Fabris - Defensive Line Coach
  • Mike Groh - Quarterbacks Coach
  • Larry Slade - Secondary Coach
  • Pat Moorer - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Bowl history

Louisville has been to 14 bowl games, amassing a record of 6-7-1. Louisville attended a bowl each season from 1998-2006.

Year and Bowl Winning team Losing team Result
1958 Sun Bowl Louisville 34 Drake 20 Won
1970 Pasadena Bowl Louisville 24 Long Beach State 24 Tie
1977 Independence Bowl Louisiana Tech 24 Louisville 14 Lost
1991* Fiesta Bowl Louisville 34 Alabama 7 Won
1993 Liberty Bowl Louisville 18 Michigan State 7 Won
1998 Motor City Bowl Marshall 48 Louisville 29 Lost
1999 Humanitarian Bowl Boise State 34 Louisville 31 Lost
2000 Liberty Bowl Colorado State 22 Louisville 17 Lost
2001 Liberty Bowl Louisville 28 BYU 10 Won
2002 GMAC Bowl Marshall 38 Louisville 15 Lost
2003 GMAC Bowl Miami (Ohio) 49 Louisville 28 Lost
2004 Liberty Bowl Louisville 44 Boise State 40 Won
2006* Gator Bowl Virginia Tech 35 Louisville 24 Lost
2007* Orange Bowl Louisville 24 Wake Forest 13 Won

*A January bowl. The regular season that this bowl is part of is actually the year prior.

Chronology of head coaches

Years Coach Record
1912–1913 Lester Larson 8–2
1914 Dr. Bruce Baker 1–4
1915–1916 Will Duffy 3–8–2
1921–1922 Bill Duncan 4–9–1
1923–1924 Fred Enke 8–8–1
1925–1930 Tom King 27–21
1931 Jack McGrath 0–8
1932 C. V. Money 0–9
1933–1935 Ben Cregor 4–18–1
1936–1942 Laurie Apitz 22–29–3
1946–1968 Frank Camp 118–95–2
1969–1972 Lee Corso 28–11–3
1973–1974 T.W. Alley 9–13
1975–1979 Vince Gibson 25–29–2
1980–1984 Bob Weber 20–35
1985–1994 Howard Schnellenberger 54–56–2
1995–1997 Ron Cooper 13–20
1998–2002 John L. Smith 41–21
2003–2006 Bobby Petrino 40–9
2007–2009 Steve Kragthorpe 15–21
2010–present Charlie Strong 0-0

Notable players

Notable past games


Southern Miss, 1989

After a missed field goal by Louisville that would have given them the lead, Southern Miss was on its own 21-yard line with six seconds left in a 10-10 tie, in October 1989. Quarterback Brett Favre threw a Hail Mary pass that was deflected, but it bounced off the helmet of Southern Mississippi's Michael Jackson and into the hands of wide receiver Darryl Tillman, who scored a touchdown with no time left. The play was later voted on as one of the "Top 5 Memorable Moments" in college football history in an online vote at ESPN.com.

Southern Miss, 1999

Louisville was tied 27-27 with Southern Miss with under two minutes to go with the 1999 Conference USA title on the line. Facing fourth and 5 at the Louisville 37, Southern Miss went into punt formation. Shawn Mills was leaving the field after getting into a heated discussion with head coach Jeff Bower. The punter, Jamie Purser, threw a 27 yard pass to Mills which led to a Brett Hanna field goal attempt that won the game.

Florida State, 2002

In a driving rainstorm, remnants of Hurricane Isidore, Louisville hosted the #4-ranked Florida State Seminoles to overtime with a 20-20 tie. In the first play of overtime, FSU QB Chris Rix threw an interception to Louisville's Anthony Floyd. On the second play of overtime, Louisville's Henry Miller took a hand-off from quarterback Dave Ragone and went 25 yards for the game-winning touchdown; the final score was 26-20. The PJCS crowd, which did not sit down the entire game, stormed the field and tore down the goal posts.

West Virginia, 2005

Louisville was the preseason favorite to win the Big East in 2005, their first season in the league. The then-#19 Cardinals got off to a great start, leading the unranked Mountaineers 17-0 at the half, and limiting the Mountaineers to just 56 total yards in the first half. Louisville continued to hold steady until WVU quarterback Adam Bednarik left the game with an injury. The Mountaineers' dual-threat backup QB Patrick White entered the game and, along with runningback Steve Slaton, took charge. With 8:16 left in the fourth quarter, and Louisville leading 24-7, West Virginia reeled off 17 unanswered points (including a controversial onside kick recovery) to send the game into overtime. The extra periods were heated, with each team matching the other step-for-step. During the third overtime, West Virginia's Slaton ran in a touchdown, with wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh pulling in the 2-point conversion. Louisville answered back, with Michael Bush scoring on a 3-yard run. During UL's 2-point attempt, the Mountaineers covered all of Louisville's wideouts, forcing Brohm to tuck and go. West Virginia defensive back Eric Wicks spotted Brohm rushing, and stuffed him at the 3 yard-line. The Mountaineers defeated the Cardinals in three overtimes, 46-44. Louisville would go on to face Virginia Tech in the Toyota Gator Bowl.

West Virginia, 2006

On a freezing night in early November, the undefeated, #5-ranked Louisville Cardinals played the undefeated, #3-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in front of the largest national audience to watch an ESPN-broadcast college football game. Louisville was the first team all season to physically match West Virginia's running game, and this resulted in an injury to Steve Slaton. This affected his ball handling, causing him to fumble the ball three times. One was recovered for a Louisville touchdown by linebacker Malik Jackson. Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm threw for 354 yards and one touchdown in a 44-34 Louisville victory over Pat White and the Mountaineers.

Wake Forest, 2007 Orange Bowl

In its first BCS bowl game in school history, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 24-13 in Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL. It was the last Louisville game coached by Bobby Petrino.

School records

Team records

Consecutive wins: 11, 2004-2005
Consecutive wins at Home: 22
Consecutive games without being shut out: 89, 1992-2000
Consecutive shutouts of opponents: 6, 1912-1913
Consecutive bowl appearances: 9, 1998–2006

Individual records

Most rushing yards(game): 275 Anthony Allen against Middle Tennessee State 9/6/2007
Most rushing yards(season): 1,429 Howard Stevens in the 1971 season
Most rushing yards(career): 3,204 Walter Peacock 1972-1975
Most passing yards(game): 592 Chris Redman against East Carolina
Most passing yards(season): 4,042 Chris Redman in the 1998 season
Most passing yards(career): 12,541 Chris Redman 1996-1999
Most receiving yards(game): 223 Harry Douglas in 40-34 loss to Kentucky on 9/15/2007
Most receiving yards(season): 1,209 Arnold Jackson in the 1999 season
Most receiving yards(career): 3,670 Arnold Jackson 1997-2000
Most sacks (game): 6 (tied for most-ever in a single game) Elvis Dumervil in a win over Kentucky in 2005.


  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia (pages 448-454)


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