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Thursday, October 21, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 43

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Offense and defense collide in great matchup featuring Coogs and Cards

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff

At 2 p.m. Saturday in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, the irresistible force meets the immovable object.

The high-flying Louisville Cardinals host the tenacious Houston Cougars in a game that can have major ramifications for postseason play.


Tight-end Scott Regimbald (21) and the other UH receivers will need to step it up against the weak defense of Louisville to beat the Cardinals on Saturday.

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The Cardinals field one of the most potent offensive units in college football. Louisville ranks second in the nation in scoring, putting up points like a slot machine in Las Vegas showing three 7s and flashing lights.

Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Redman at quarterback, Louisville ranks No. 3 among Division I colleges in total offense, amassing almost 500 yards a game.

The Cougar defense, ranked No. 9 in the country after choking the North Carolina offense into unconsciousness, will be severely tested by the hyper Cardinal offense.

Louisville averages 152 yards rushing and a phenomenal 336 yards passing per game.

Redman has passed for more than 2,000 yards in seven games. The former Parade All-American accounted for more offense by himself his junior season than 84 Division I schools. He ranks seventh in total offense this season, averaging 316 yards a game.

The Louisville offense is a juggernaut. No matter where you look on offense, the Cardinals are among the national leaders. Redman's passing is complemented by running back Frank Moreau.

Moreau is averaging 140 yards a game rushing, good enough to be ranked No. 8 in the nation.

The Cardinals' receiver corps also ranks in the top 10 in the nation, led by wide receiver Arnold Jackson. Jackson caught 90 passes last season and is on pace to match that total this year. He has had 12 games in his career with more than 100 yards receiving.


William Fields (9) and the Cougars' defensive unit (the ninth best in the country) will play a big role for Houston when they visit Louisville on Saturday.

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As potent as the Louisville numbers are on offense, its defense could be nicknamed "Les Miserables."

The Cougars will not be hapless victims added to the list of meat grinder opponents chewed up by the Louisville offense.

Running backs Ketric Sanford and Mike Green should run rampant against the Louisville defense. The Cougars should be able to control the ball and the clock against one of the worst defensive units in Division I football.

The best defense against Louisville is a good offense. The Cardinals offense can't work its magic if it doesn't have the ball.

The Cougar rushing attack is a potent force, averaging more than 200 yards a game. Sanford and Green are a wicked one-two combination who punch out yardage and touchdowns -- but they can't do it alone.

The key to this game is going to be the play of Cougar quarterback Jason McKinley and his receivers.

McKinley is a solid quarterback with plenty of experience and savvy. Now six games into the schedule, it's time for his receivers to step up and make some big plays.

Orlando Iglesias has been a steady performer who has made some clutch catches this year, but it's time for the entire receiving corps to take a step forward.

If the Cougars are going to win the Conference USA title and make it to a bowl game, the receivers are going to have to produce. The time is now.

The Cougars are in a terrific position. They've worked hard, ignored the whispers and have clawed their way to a very respectable 4-2 record.

They've shown resilience and determination. The character of this team has emerged. They don't quit, they don't surrender and they find ways to win.

Louisville is the springboard that can launch the Cougar drive for a run at the C-USA championship. It's not going to be easy. East Carolina is on deck, but that's a home game.

The Cougar defense is downright ferocious in the cozy confines of Robertson Stadium. It's going to take a total team effort for the Cougars to come away from Louisville with a win.

Look for an exciting, high-scoring affair that goes right down to the wire.
 

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