2011 Louisville Cardinals football team

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2011 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Big East Conference Co–Champions
Conference Big East Conference
2011 record 7–6 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Charlie Strong (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (Former) (games 1–5)
Shawn Watson (Interim) (games 5–12)[1][2]
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford (2nd year)
Home stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 West Virginia §   5 2         10 3  
#25 Cincinnati §   5 2         10 3  
Louisville §   5 2         7 6  
Rutgers   4 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   4 3         6 7  
Connecticut   3 4         5 7  
South Florida   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         5 7  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by second year head coach Charlie Strong and played their home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. They are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference championship with Cincinnati and West Virginia. Due to tie-break rules, the Cardinals did not receive the Big East's automatic bid into a BCS bowl (West Virginia received the bid). The Cardinals were instead invited to the Belk Bowl where they were defeated by North Carolina State 24–31.

Schedule[edit]

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Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Murray State* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPNU W 21–9   46,157
September 9 8:00 PM Florida International* Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN L 17–24   47,228
September 17 7:00 PM at Kentucky* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY (Governor's Cup) ESPNU W 24–17   68,170
October 1 3:30 PM Marshall* Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY BIG EAST Network L 13–17   53,267
October 8 12:00 PM at North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN2 L 7–14   51,500[4]
October 15 12:00 PM at Cincinnati Paul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH (Keg of Nails) BIG EAST Network L 16–25   40,971[5]
October 21 8:00 PM Rutgers Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ESPN W 16–14   48,435
October 29 12:00PM Syracusedagger Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY BIG EAST Network W 27–10   44,817
November 5 12:00 PM at #24 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV BIG EAST Network W 38–35   57,287[6]
November 12 12:00 PM Pittsburgh Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY BIG EAST Network L 14–21   51,321
November 19 12:00 PM at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT BIG EAST Network W 34–20   34,483
November 25 11:00 AM at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN2 W 34–24   46,666
December 27 8:00 PM vs. North Carolina State* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Belk Bowl) ESPN L 24–31   58,427
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

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