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Courtesy of EKU Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After picking up a 46-point win in its season-opener, Eastern Kentucky takes to the road for the first time this season to play at the University of Louisville on Saturday.

 

Kickoff at Cardinal Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.  The game will air live on the ACC Network Extra.  The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com.

 

Join fellow Colonel fans at the Office of Alumni Engagement Tailgate starting at 4 p.m. at Lynn Soccer Stadium on the UofL campus.  The package includes food, two drink tickets, tailgate festivities and your game ticket for $55 per adult, or $50 per child under 12.  Tickets to the tailgate only are $15 for adults and $10 for children.  To register, use the online link or call 859-622-1264.

 

A fan bus will depart the Alumni Coliseum lot at 1:30 p.m. on game day and return at approximately 10 p.m.  The bus will drop fans off at the Alumni Tailgate at 3:30 p.m.  For fan bus transportation only, the cost is $60.  A special rate of $100 per person includes the Alumni Tailgate, a game ticket and bus transportation.

 

For the fan bus, RSVP by calling the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.  Spaces are limited.

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

-  Louisville leads the all-time series 18-8-1.

 

-  EKU beat the Cardinals, 45-21, on Nov. 23, 1985.  The two teams have only met three times since then with UofL winning 24-14 in 1991, 23-13 in 2010 and 44-7 in 2013. 

 

-  In the 2010 meeting (Sept. 11), Louisville scored all 23 points in the second quarter.  Eastern scored 13 unanswered second half points but the rally came up short.

 

THE COLONELS

-  EKU beat Valparaiso, 53-7, to begin the season on Thursday.  The 46-point margin was the biggest win for the Colonels against a Division I team since beating Tennessee State, 49-0, on Nov. 19, 2005.

 

-  After beating Valparaiso, the Colonels have won five straight games and are now 11-6 in their last 17 games.

 

-  Eastern Kentucky held Valpo to 68 rushing yards and 184 yards of total offense.  It was the fewest yards allowed since holding Tennessee State to 172 yards on Nov. 2, 2013.

 

-  The Colonels averaged 8.5 yards per carry in churning out 333 rushing yards against the Crusaders.  It was the best single game rushing average since registering 8.5 yards per carry twice during the 2007 season.

 

-  Alonzo Booth racked up 128 yards on just seven carries and scored three touchdowns against Valparaiso.  He averaged 18.3 yards per carry.

 

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

-  Louisville opened its 2019 season on Monday night with a 35-17 loss at home against No. 9 Notre Dame.

 

-  UofL rushed for 249 yards, but turned the ball over three times.

 

-  The Cardinals went 2-10 in 2018 and did not win an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) game, finishing 0-8 in the league.

 

-  Scott Satterfield, who compiled a 51-24 record in six seasons as head coach at Appalachian State, is in his first season as head coach at Louisville.

 

-  Last year UofL averaged 20 points per game and allowed 44 per contest.  The Cardinals were held to 1,698 rushing yards for the season, 1,629 fewer than their opponents.

 

-  Redshirt junior Jawon Pass led the team with 1,960 passing yards while completing 54 percent of his passes a year ago.  He threw eight touchdown passes and had 12 interceptions.  Quarterback Malik Cunningham, who played in 10 games, was the team's leading rusher at 497 yards.  Hassan Hall led the running backs in 2018 with 303 yards.

 

-  Redshirt senior linebacker Damien Smith led the team with 73 tackles in 2018.

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