CARDS NOTES:

The No. 24 Louisville Cardinals hit the road for the first time during the 2020 season when they visit No. 21 Pittsburgh on Saturday for a noon game on the ACC Network. Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Kelsey Riggs will call the action.  The Cardinals dropped their ACC opener to No. 17 Miami 47-34 at Cardinal Stadium despite quarterback Malik Cunningham going 26-of-36 for 307 yards and three touchdown in the defeat. It was the junior’s eighth-straight game with a passing touchdown and ninth multi-touchdown passing game of his career.  Running back Javian Hawkins recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing game — the third against a ranked opponent — with 164 yards on 27 carries in the loss. It was his seventh time going over the century mark at home in his career.  Wide receiver Tutu Atwell registered his ninth 100-yard receiving game of his career and his fourth multi-touchdown performance. The native of Miami finished with a game high eight receptions for 114 yards and two scores.  The Cardinals totaled 516 yards of total offense in the loss to Miami running a season high 85 plays.

 

PITT NOTES:

A battle of Associated Press Top 25 teams comes to Heinz Field when No. 21 Pitt hosts No. 24 Louisville. The Panthers are coming off a 21-10 win over Syracuse, while the Cardinals dropped a 47-34 decision to Miami. √ This is only the second ACC meeting between the Panthers and Cardinals. Pitt won that initial ACC encounter, 45-34, in 2015 at Heinz Field. The 2020 game was added in July as part of the revamped conference scheduling format. Pitt leads the overall series, 9-8. √ Owning a 2-0 record, the Panthers are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2014. √ Dating back to the 2000 season, Pitt has won its opening three games only three times (2000, 2009 and 2014). In each of those seasons, the 3-0 starts were springboards to bowl invitations. √ Since 2015, Pat Narduzzi has directed the Panthers to 25 victories in ACC play, the third highest win total during that span, trailing only Clemson (39) and Miami (26). √ Making his 2020 debut against Syracuse, defensive end Rashad Weaver had two sacks, three TFLs and seven total tackles to earn Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors. Weaver missed all of the 2019 season due to injury. √ Safety Paris Ford, a highly regarded run stopper, has two interceptions on the young season. He ranks first nationally (tied) in total interceptions and third in INTs per game (1.0 avg.). √ Pitt boasts top 10 national rankings in rushing defense (first, 26.0 avg.), total defense (third, 154.0 avg.), pass defense (fourth, 128.0 avg.) and scoring defense (sixth, 5.0 ppg.).