Louisville - Kent State Preview



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 Louisville football continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, playing host to Kent State in a nonconference game in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at noon.

It is the first meeting since a 44-year hiatus, a 10-3 Kent State victory in 1973.

The Golden Flashes hold a 9-8 all-time series advantage. The first meeting took place in 1956, and the teams played each year until 1970.

Regional Sports Networks (Wes Durham, James Bates, and Rebecca Kaple) is broadcasting the game nationally, while Louisville Sports Properties radio coverage on WHAS 840 AM begins at 10:30 a.m., featuring Paul Rogers, Alex Kupper, and Jody Demling.

Now that you have the details, it's time to start the Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Louisville's defense has endured little trouble getting into the opponents' backfield this season. The Cardinals have TEN sacks this year, and their 3.33 per game average ranks 13th nationally.

9 – The Cardinals rank NINTH nationally in total offense, averaging 554.0 yards per game. It is the top mark in the conference.

8 – James Hearns made a career-high EIGHT tackles in the loss to Clemson. That game, he posted his first two sacks of the season.

7 – The Cardinals have won SEVEN of their nine meetings – four straight – against Kent State in Louisville. The last contest played in the Derby City was in 1972, a 34-0 decision for the Cardinals.

6 – Louisville is looking for its SIXTH victory – currently 5-0 – since 2000 when facing former members of the coaching staff (previously: Gary Nord, UTEP, 2003; Howard Schnellenberger, Florida Atlantic, 2005; Everett Withers, North Carolina, 2011; Tony Levine, Houston, 2013; Jeff Brohm, Purdue, 2017; Paul Haynes, Kent State, 2017).

5 – Dez Fitzpatrick, who has caught at least one touchdown in his first three collegiate games, is ranked FIFTH nationally for receiving scores with four. The redshirt freshman has 211 yards on 10 catches this season.

4 – Lamar Jackson needs to cross the goal line FOUR more times to break the ACC record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Jackson enters the game with 35 rushing touchdowns – four shy of tying Michael Bush, who is second on the school's overall rushing touchdowns list.

3 – Jonathan Greenard has posted one sack in each of the team's THREE games this season, surpassing last season's total of 2.5. The linebacker ranks 14th nationally in total sacks and 13th with 1.8 tackles for loss per game.

2 – TWO Cardinals – Harry Trotter and Colin Wilson – made their first career appearances last week. Both running backs, Trotter transferred from Fort Scott Community College, where he had 503 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Wilson was ranked as ESPN's No. 26 running back nationally.

1 – Lamar Jackson needs ONE more 100-yard rushing game to break a tie with Walter Peacock (1972-75) for the most in a career. Jackson and Peacock each have 15.

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