Location: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Surface: Field Turf
Forecast: 68/54 degrees, 10% Chance for Rain during game
Game Time: 7:00 10-14-2016
CARDMARCH: 4:45 p.m. – Central Ave. Overpass
Line: Louisville -35
TV: ESPN  – Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
Local Radio: Cardinal Football Radio Network (Paul Rogers, Alex Kupper, & Jody Demling) Sirius & XM Radio Channel #84
Series History: Louisville leads 1-0 (1st Meeting in Louisville)
Last Time:  UofL 40, Duke 3  (9-7-2002 in Durham, NC)


Louisville went into its BYE week smarting off its loss to Clemson two weeks ago.  Duke is a week removed from beating Army in Hurricane Matthew.  UofL probably feels like an anxious thoroughbred that may leave the gate early and the Blue Devils probably feel a little water-logged.

The truth is that the Cardinal Football team is more talented and more prepared than Duke.  The Blue Devils have a really good defense, but its offense is just not up to the Cutcliffe Standard.

Lamar Jackson will have to work to move the ball, but this isn’t Clemson’s defense….. but it is the 2nd best defense the Cards will have seen this season.  The problem is that Duke’s offense is no match at all for the UofL Defense and it’s young Quarterback is turnover prone.  It’s a bad combo that will result in some short fields for Louisville and the Cards have the most dangerous offensive weapon in College Football.

Louisville 52, Duke 10


Louisville Duke
Strength of Schedule 41st 63rd
Scoring Offense (ppg) 58.0 (1st) 24.5 (98th)
Total Offense (ypg) 659.2 (1st) 402.8 (77th)
Passing Offense (ypg) 350.0 (11th) 249.3 (51st)
Rushing Offense (ypg) 309.2 (4th) 153.50 (86th)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 26.4 (62nd) 21.5 (34th)
Total Defense (ypg) 324.0 (20th) 345.2 (26th)
Passing Defense (ypg) 186.2 (25th) 218.3 (55th)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 137.80 (43rd) 126.83 (29th)
Punt Returns (ypr) 12.92 (25th) 9.38 (48th)
Kickoff Returns (ypr) 19.13 (92nd) 27.93 (11th)
Opponent Punt Returns (ypr) 0.60 (7th) 7.25 (59th)
Opponent Kickoff Returns (ypr) 20.84 (60th) 17.27 (15th)
Punting (ypp) 41.00 (64th) 38.94 (104th)
Field Goal % 66.7% (86th) 50.0% (113th)
Opponent Field Goal % 50.0% (7th) 66.7% (38th)
First Downs (per game) 31.2 (2nd) 21.8 (53rd)
Opponent First Downs (per game) 19.6 (49th) 14.5 (9th)
Penalties (ypg) 90.4 (127th) 39.7 (12th)
Turnover Margin (season) -1 (70th) -5 (111th)
Time of Possession 31:33.20 (38th) 30:23.50 (57th)
Sacks (per game) 3.00 (23rd) 3.33 (15th)
Sacks Allowed (per game) 1.60 (38th) 2.67 (99th)
Tackles for Loss (per game) 7.20 (29th) 7.83 (20th)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (per game) 3.40 (6th) 6.33 (74th)
Interceptions (season) 6 (32nd) 7 (17th)
Passes Defended (per game) 5.4 (26th) 4.33 (65th)
Fumbles Recovered (season) 6 (17th) 6 (17th)
Fumbles Forced (season) 7 (17th) 6 (30th)
Fumbles Lost (season) 8 (121st) 10 (127th)
Kicks/Punts Blocked (season)
3rd Down Conversions (%) 48.48% (17th) 37.89% (76th)
Opponent 3rd Down Conversions (%) 24.66% (6th) 33.67% (34th)
4th Down Conversions (%) 66.67% (24th) 35.71% (110th)
Opponent 4th Down Conversions (%) 50.00% (47th) 0% (1st)
Red Zone Conversions (%) 85.71% (56th) 76.19% (105th)
Opponent Red Zone Conversions (%) 78.57% (38th) 78.57% (38th)
RedZone TD Conversions (%) 74.29% (22nd) 61.90% (70th)
Opponent Red Zone TD Conversions (%) 71.43% (109th) 64.29% (77th)
Kickoffs (ypk) 59.84 (96th) 59.54 (100th)
Plays 401st (60th) 475 (11th)
Yards Per Play 8.22 (1st) 5.09 (107th)




Lamar Jackson
Kyle Bolin
Jawon Pass

Brandon Radcliff
LJ Scott
Jeremy Smith

Lamar Atkins
Malin Jones

Geron Christian
Tyler Haycraft OR Linwood Foy

Khalil Hunter
Chandler Jones

Tobijah Hughley
Nathan Scheler OR Robbie Bell

Kiola Mahoni
Kenny Thomas

Lukayus McNeil
Danny Burns OR Toriano Roundtree

Cole Hikutini
Charles Standberry

Tight End
Keith Towbridge
Micky Crum

Jamari Staples
Devante Peete
Seth Dawkins

James Quick
Jaylen Smith
Javonte Bagley

Reggie Bonnafon
Traveon Samuel
Gio Pascascio


Drew Bailey
Chris Williams

DeAngelo Brown
Kyle Shortridge

De’Asian Richardson
GG Robinson

James Hearns
Henry Famurewa

Keith Kelsey
Isaac Stewart

Stacy Thomas
Amonte Caban

Devonte’ Fields
Johnathan Greenard
Gary McCrae

Trumaine Washington OR
Shaq Wiggins

Josh Harvey-Clemons
Zykiesis Cannon

Chucky Williams
Dee Smith
Khane Pass

Jaire Alexander
Ronald Walker
Alphonso Carter

Special Teams

Blanton Creque
Evan O’Hara

Mason King
Austin Johnson

Long Snapper
Colin Holba
Tyler Polston

Mason King

Punt Returners
Jaire Alexander
Traveon Samuel

Kick Returners
Jaire Alexander
Traveon Samuel
Seth Dawkins
Reggie Bonnafon
James Quick


Few tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

CardMarch will happen in its usual location from Central through the tunnel & into Gate 4 at 4:45 a.m.

15-foot-tall sign towers located throughout the parking lots will provide game day information, maps, directional information, tailgating policies and stadium prohibited items.  Once inside the stadium gates, fans will see new “You Are Here” maps throughout the stadium to provide guests with location references.  New wayfinding signage throughout the stadium is in place to direct fans in the appropriate direction.

Stadium personnel are introducing a new customer service platform this season that includes participation by the full game day staff throughout the stadium.  “We are here for you” is a commitment to fans, donors and guests to improve everyone’s game day experience and assure that no question goes unanswered.  It includes city and campus police on the streets around the stadium, parking lot staff, security and ushering staff, concession and catering personnel, cleaning contractors and physical plant staff who are all working to provide the best game day experience in not only the ACC, but in the NCAA.

In an effort to reconnect parents with lost children, UofL is providing a Tag-A -Kid program at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Parents are encouraged to visit the nearest Customer Relations Booth to receive a wrist band on which they can include their contact information and attach to their child to speed reconnecting any inadvertent separations that may occur.

Patrons who need assistance before they enter the stadium can look for our new Customer Relations staff that will be located throughout the stadium parking lots.  These staff members will be available to answer questions and relay information to the stadium command center on game days to help make everyone’s tailgating experience the best it can be.

Accessible Shuttle Service

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium provides golf carts throughout the stadium Bronze and Green lots for patron assistance to and from the stadium for every home game.  These golf carts will help fans with accessibility needs to make the trip from the parking lot to the stadium gates.  The carts are designed to transport One Customer and One Companion.  Fans parking in any of the Green lots should walk to the west drive lane — which runs parallel to the train tracks — to find the Accessibility Shuttle Service.  Golf carts will be stationed at Gate 5 at the end of the game for transport back to vehicles.

Card March

Fans are encouraged to participate in the pregame CardMarch, which provides fans an opportunity to greet the Cardinals and cheer them on as the team enters the stadium.  The team will be dropped off on the south side of the Denny Crum Overpass on Central Avenue two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff (for example, 9:45 a.m. for a noon kickoff). With the assistance of the UofL marching band and spirit groups, the team will walk from the Green Lot, through the tunnel and into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans are invited to arrive early and create an entrance way for the players as they head into the stadium.

Customer Relations

Customer Relations Booths can be found at Sections 108, 120 and 132 and on the UPS Flight Deck near the south elevators.  Services offered at the Customer Relations booths include but are not limited to:

  • Providing general information assistance
  • Tag-A-Kid / At-Risk Adult ID Program
  • Lost and found
  • Guest feedback forms
  • Family / Assisted restroom entry codes
  • Purchase game day program
  • Curtained area for mothers to breast feed their children within Customer Relations Booths located at Sections 108, 120 and 132.

Wheelchair Placement

Patrons with wheelchairs that are not assigned a seat in a specific wheelchair section should park their wheel chairs in the nearest wheelchair seating section and check it in with the volunteer usher where it will be stored during the event. The stadium does not recommend leaving wheelchairs unattended in the inner concourse during the event.

Wheelchair Assistance Inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Wheelchair assistance will be available for all home games for fans needing assistance to get from the stadium entry gates to the concourse/vomitory near where they are seated.  Fans are able to connect with the nearest usher/security guard at every stadium gate and ask for assistance.  Fan Assistance staff will arrive with a wheelchair and provide assistance to the fan in need.  This service will be provided both before and after UofL football games.

Fans just need to contact the stadium at 502.852.0083 prior to leaving the stadium. A Fan Assistance staff member will then return to meet the fan and provide a ride back to either the Accessible Shuttle Service golf carts at Gate 5 or the nearest stadium exit gate.  Be advised that these staff members will not leave the stadium.  Fans that are in need of assistance to their vehicle in either the Bronze or Green parking lots will need to utilize the Accessible Shuttle Service golf carts located at Gate 5.

Handicapped Parking

Additional handicapped parking is available at the Floyd Street parking garage located at 2126 South Floyd Street. The Park and Ride Shuttle service will provide wheelchair accessible transport for handicapped fans from the garage to the stadium bus lane (located near Gate 3).  The Park and Ride Shuttles run three hours before kick-off and up to two hours after the completion of the game.  For example, for a noon game, the Park and Ride Shuttles will start at 9:00 a.m.

Lactation Locations

A curtained area for mothers to breast feed their children is available within Customer Relations Booths located at Sections 108, 120 and 132.


Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has the capability to receive text messages from fans who want to report unruly fan behavior or any other issue without leaving their seat.  Text “VILLE” <space> with the issue and location to 69050.  A stadium staff member will let you know that we have received your text message and will work to ensure the issue is being addressed.


The broadcast will be available on Louisville Sports Properties and the Tune In Mobile App on 840 WHAS & 790 WKRD.  The legendary voice of the Cards Paul Rogers will provide play-by-play with former Cardinal Offensive Lineman Alex Kupper providing color and Jody Demling from the sideline.  The Louisville broadcast will also be available on Sirius Channel 84. and XM Channel 84.


The television broadcast of Louisville vs. Duke will be on ESPN with Adam Amin providing play-by-play, Mack Brown providing color and Molly McGrath on the sideline.  Fans can also tune in on the WATCHESPN app live and later for replay.

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