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2004 Louisville Cardinals football team

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.

2004 Louisville Cardinals football
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
Conference USA champion
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 44–40 vs. Boise State
ConferenceConference USA
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 6
2004 record11–1 (8–0 C-USA)
Head coachBobby Petrino
Offensive coordinatorPaul Petrino
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorMike Cassity
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumPapa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 42,000)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 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

Previous seasonEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:30 PMKentucky*ESPNW 28–042,681
September 111:00 PMat ArmyWDRBW 52–2128,130
September 251:30 PMat North Carolina*No. 24ESPN+W 34–049,000
October 23:00 PMEast CarolinaNo. 22
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ESPN+W 59–740,220
October 147:30 PMat No. 3 Miami (FL)*No. 17ESPNL 38–4163,715
October 228:00 PMUSFNo. 17
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ESPNW 41–942,032
November 47:30 PMat MemphisNo. 14ESPNW 56–4952,384
November 107:30 PMTCUNo. 12
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, Kentucky
ESPN2W 55–2840,107
November 205:00 PMat HoustonNo. 10ESPN+W 65–2720,176
November 272:30 PMCincinnatiNo. 9
ESPN2W 70–737,617
December 42:30 PMat TulaneNo. 8ESPN+W 55–722,169
December 313:30 PMvs. No. 10 Boise State*No. 8ESPNW 44–4058,355
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Coaching staffEdit

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 summariesEdit

Liberty BowlEdit

#10 Boise State vs. #7 Louisville
1 234Total
Boise St 10 2136 40
Louisville 14 7149 44
  • Date: Friday December 31
  • Location: Liberty Bowl
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST

ReferencesEdit