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Louisville–West Virginia football rivalry
First contestedSeptember 8, 1984
West Virginia 30, Louisville 6
Number of meetings13
Most recent meetingNovember 5, 2011
Louisville 38, West Virginia 35
Next meetingTBA
All-time seriesWest Virginia leads 10–3
Largest victoryWest Virginia, 52–13 (1985)
Longest win streakWest Virginia, 4 (1984–1989, 2007–2010)
Current streakLouisville, 1 (2011–present)

The Louisville–West Virginia football rivalry is a college football rivalry[1] game between the Cardinals of the University of Louisville and the Mountaineers of West Virginia University.

History[edit | edit source]

Louisville and West Virginia first met on the football field on September 8, 1984.[2] The Mountaineers won the game by a score of 30–6.[3] The teams met again the following year, with West Virginia prevailing by a score of 52–13 that remains to date as the largest margin of victory in the series.[4] The Cardinals and Mountaineers met four more times between 1986 and 1993, with Louisville notching their first win over the Mountaineers in 1990 by a score of 9–7.[5] The teams didn't meet again until Louisville joined the Big East for the start of the 2005 season.[6] That year, the teams played in one of the most memorable games between the two.[7] West Virginia overcame a 24–7 fourth quarter deficit and defeated Louisville 46–44 in triple overtime.[8] The next year proved to be another classic, as #5 Louisville avenged its tough loss from 2005 with a 44–34 victory over #3 West Virginia on November 2, 2006.[9] The following year, on November 8, 2007, the squads slugged it out in another close contest, with the Mountaineers emerging victorious by a margin of 38–31.[10] The teams played every year until 2011, when West Virginia departed the Big East for the Big 12 Conference.[11] Since the teams split into new conferences (Louisville joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014),[12] the future of the rivalry is in question and there are no current plans for the two teams to get together. Louisville won the most recent game, defeating #24 West Virginia by a score of 38–35 on November 5, 2011.[13]

Game results[edit | edit source]

Louisville victoriesWest Virginia victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 September 8, 1984 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 30–6
2 September 7, 1985 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 52–13
3 November 15, 1986 Louisville, KY West Virginia 42–19
4 September 23, 1989 Louisville, KY West Virginia 30–21
5 September 22, 1990 Morgantown, WV Louisville 9–7
6 October 9, 1993 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 36–34
7 October 15, 2005 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 46–44
8 November 2, 2006 Louisville, KY Louisville 44–34
9 November 8, 2007 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 38–31
10 November 22, 2008 Louisville, KY West Virginia 35–21
11 November 7, 2009 Morgantown, WV West Virginia 17–9
12 November 20, 2010 Louisville, KY West Virginia 17–10
13 November 5, 2011 Morgantown, WV Louisville 38–35
Series: West Virginia leads 10–3

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "A Look Back At The Louisville/West Virginia Big East Rivalry". https://www.cardchronicle.com/2012/2/11/2791461/a-look-back-at-the-louisville-west-virginia-big-east-rivalry. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  2. "Schnellenberger's Return - West Virginia Athletics". https://wvusports.com/news/2004/6/9/6488_131441749023131126.aspx?path=general. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  3. "The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on November 1, 1984 · Page 13". https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/109722548/. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  4. "LOUISVILLE STARTS SLOWLY DESPITE SCHNELLENBERGER". https://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/29/sports/louisville-starts-slowly-despite-schnellenberger.html. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  5. "Black-Out Thursday - West Virginia Athletics". https://wvusports.com/news/2006/10/25/10002_131441760498041372.aspx?path=general. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  6. "U of L to enter the Big East in 2005 • The Louisville Cardinal". https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2003/11/u-of-l-to-enter-the-big-east-in-2005/. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  7. "Mountaineer Throwback Thursday: WVU vs. Louisville 2005, The Start Of Something Special". https://www.smokingmusket.com/2014/4/17/5620184/west-virginia-mountaineers-louisville-cardinals-football-2005. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  8. "Freshman QB Slaton scores 6 TDs for Mountaineers". http://www.espn.com/college-football/recap?gameId=252880277. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  9. "Louisville slugs West Virginia to jump ahead in BCS race". http://www.espn.com/college-football/recap?gameId=263060097. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  10. "Louisville vs. West Virginia - Game Recap - November 8, 2007". http://www.espn.com/college-football/recap?gameId=273120277. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  11. "West Virginia Mountaineers to join Big 12 in July after Big East lawsuit settlement". http://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/7574104/west-virginia-mountaineers-join-big-12-july-big-east-lawsuit-settlement. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  12. "ACC votes to add Louisville Cardinals". http://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8685541/acc-votes-add-louisville-cardinals. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  13. "Louisville vs. West Virginia - Game Recap - November 5, 2011". http://www.espn.com/college-football/recap?gameId=313090277. Retrieved 2018-07-04.

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