Louisville Football under Scott Satterfield shaved 45 yards per game off its passing defense per game statistic from 2019 to 2020. That was good enough to move UofL to the #17 Passing Defense in the country (from 79th in 2020). Overall UofL’s defense improved by over 70 yards per game from 2019 to 2020 allowing just 369.1 ypg from where the Cards started with Satt in 2020 at 439.9 ypg. The 70 yard difference moved the Cards from 102nd to 39th in the country defensively. That’s in addition to improving by nearly a touchdown on defense last year going from allowing 33.4 points per game in 2019 to just 26.6 ppg in 2020. The difference in 6.8 ppg was good for the Cards to go from 110th in Scoring Defense to 49th in 2020….. A HUGE LEAP.

If Louisville wants to maintain its Top 25 Passing Defense status, the Cards will need to keep its opponents in the 190-195 ypg range. Louisville has been a Top 25 Passing Defense 4 times in the last 18 seasons and a Top 40 Passing Defense in 8 of 18 seasons.

Passing Defense
1167.4, 9th (2010 Strong)
2170.8, 5th (2013 Strong)
3189.2, 17th (2020 Satterfield)
4192.3, 17th (2012 Strong)
5196.9, 26th (2004 Petrino)
6199.6, 27th (2014 Petrino)
7206.0, 42nd (2009 Krag)
8206.3, 40th (2018 Petrino)
9207.1, 37th (2016 Petrino)
10210.0, 43rd (2005 Petrino)
11212.5, 51st (2015 Petrino)
12215.7, 78th (2006 Petrino)
13224.7, 66th (2017 Petrino)
14227.4, 68th (2011 Strong)
15234.2, 79th (2019 Satterfield)
16239.3, 93rd (2008 Krag)
17248.5, 89th (2003 Petrino)
18261.2, 100th (2007 Krag)

The fewest yards allowed for the Cards in a single Louisville Football game is 0 yards on 4 different occasions but most recently on November 27, 1971 vs. Cincinnati. The Cardinals lost 19-16 that day.

The most passing yards allowed for UofL in a single Louisville Football game is 571 yards on September 5, 1998 vs. Kentucky. The Cards lost 68-34 that day.

Passing Defense
1132.73 (1991 Schnellenberger)
2136.8 (1990 Schnellenberger)
3154.7 (1996 Cooper)
4167.3 (1986 Schnellenberger)
5167.4, 9th (2010 Strong)
6170.8, 5th (2013 Strong)
7184.0 (2001 John L.)
8185.8 (1993 Schnellenberger)
9189.2, 17th (2020 Satterfield)
10189.6 (1994 Schnellenberger)
11190.0 (1987 Schnellenberger)
12192.3, 17th (2012 Strong)
13193.6 (1995 Cooper)
14196.9, 26th (2004 Petrino)
15198.1 (1989 Schnellenberger)
16199.6, 27th (2014 Petrino)
17205.6, (2000 John L.)
18206.0, 42nd (2009 Krag)
19206.3, 40th (2018 Petrino)
20206.8 (1999 John L.)
21206.9 (2002 John L.)
22207.1, 37th (2016 Petrino)
23210.0, 43rd (2005 Petrino)
24212.5, 51st (2015 Petrino)
25213.4 (1988 Schnellenberger)
26215.7, 78th (2006 Petrino)
27219.8 (1992 Schnellenberger)
28221.8 (1998 John L.)
29223.8 (1985 Schnellenberger)
30224.7, 66th (2017 Petrino)
31227.4, 68th (2011 Strong)
32234.2, 79th (2019 Satterfield)
33235.5 (1997 Cooper)
34239.3, 93rd (2008 Krag)
35248.5, 89th (2003 Petrino)
36261.2, 100th (2007 Krag)
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