2004 Louisville Cardinals football team

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2004 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Conference USA champion
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 44–40 vs. Boise State
Conference Conference USA
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 6
2004 record 11–1 (8–0 C-USA)
Head coach Bobby Petrino
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mike Cassity
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 42,000)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Louisville $   8 0         11 1  
Memphis   5 3         8 4  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 5  
Cincinnati   5 3         7 5  
UAB   5 3         7 5  
TCU   3 5         5 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 6  
South Florida   3 5         4 7  
Houston   3 5         3 8  
East Carolina   2 6         2 9  
Army   2 6         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2004 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team, led by Bobby Petrino in his second year at the school, played their home games in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. They finished 11–1 and were the Conference USA champions with a perfect 8–0 conference record in their last season before leaving to join the Big East Conference. They were invited to and won the Liberty Bowl, defeating Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State 44–40.

Previous season[edit]

The Cardinals finished the 2003 season with a 9–4 record, losing to Miami (OH) in the 2003 GMAC Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 3:30 PM Kentucky* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky (Governor's Cup) ESPN W 28–0   42,681
September 11 1:00 PM at Army Michie StadiumWest Point, New York WDRB W 52–21   28,130
September 25 1:30 PM at North Carolina* No. 24 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina ESPN+ W 34–0   49,000
October 2 3:00 PM East Carolina No. 22 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, Kentucky ESPN+ W 59–7   40,220
October 14 7:30 PM at No. 3 Miami (FL)* No. 17 Orange BowlMiami ESPN L 38–41   63,715
October 22 8:00 PM USF No. 17 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, Kentucky ESPN W 41–9   42,032
November 4 7:30 PM at Memphis No. 14 Liberty BowlMemphis, Tennessee ESPN W 56–49   52,384
November 10 7:30 PM TCU No. 12 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, Kentucky ESPN2 W 55–28   40,107
November 20 5:00 PM at Houston No. 10 Robertson StadiumHouston, Texas ESPN+ W 65–27   20,176
November 27 2:30 PM Cincinnati No. 9 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, Kentucky (The Keg of Nails) ESPN2 W 70–7   37,617
December 4 2:30 PM at Tulane No. 8 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans ESPN+ W 55–7   22,169
December 31 3:30 PM vs. No. 10 Boise State* No. 8 Liberty BowlMemphis, Tennessee (Liberty Bowl) ESPN W 44–40   58,355
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

2004 Louisville Cardinals coaching staff
Name Position
Bobby Petrino Head Coach
Greg Nord Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends / Running Backs Coach
Mike Cassity Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Coach
Paul Petrino Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach
Jeff Brohm Quarterbacks Coach
Reggie Johnson Inside Linebackers Coach
Tony Levine Outside Linebackers Coach / Special Teams Coordinator
Mike Summers Offensive Line Coach
Joe Whitt, Jr. Cornerbacks Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Kevin Wolthausen Defensive Line Coach

Game notes[edit]

Liberty Bowl[edit]

#10 Boise State vs. #7 Louisville
1 2 3 4 Total
Boise St 10 21 3 6 40
Louisville 14 7 14 9 44
  • Date: Friday December 31
  • Location: Liberty Bowl
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST

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