1978 Louisville Cardinals football
ConferenceIndependent
Record7–4
Head coach
Home stadiumFairgrounds Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State       11 1 0
North Texas State       9 2 0
East Carolina       9 3 0
Navy       9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame       9 3 0
Rutgers       9 3 0
Florida State       8 3 0
Temple       7 3 1
Pittsburgh       8 4 0
Holy Cross       7 4 0
Louisville       7 4 0
UNLV       7 4 0
Southern Miss       7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana       6 4 1
Georgia Tech       7 5 0
Hawaii       6 5 0
Miami (FL)       6 5 0
South Carolina       5 5 1
William & Mary       5 5 1
Cincinnati       5 6 0
Villanova       5 6 0
Army       4 6 1
Memphis State       4 7 0
Tulane       4 7 0
Virginia Tech       4 7 0
Air Force       3 8 0
Colgate       3 8 0
Richmond       3 8 0
Syracuse       3 8 0
Illinois State       2 9 0
West Virginia       2 9 0
Boston College       0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Louisville Cardinals football team was an American football team that represented the University of Louisville as an independent during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth season under head coach Vince Gibson, the Cardinals compiled a 7–4 record and outscored opponents by a total of 319 to 202.[1]

The team's statistical leaders included Stu Stram with 929 passing yards, Nathan Poole with 1,394 rushing yards and 96 points scored, and Kenny Robinson with 534 receiving yards.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
September 9South Dakota StateW 54–7
September 16 No. 20 Maryland
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
L 17–24
September 23at CincinnatiW 28–14
September 30Indiana State
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
W 31–12[3]
October 7at TulsaL 7–24
October 14Northwestern State
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
W 51–7
October 21Boston University
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
W 35–7
October 28William & Mary
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
W 33–21
November 4at Wichita StateW 38–20[4]
November 11Memphis State
  • Fairgrounds Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
L 22–29
November 18at Southern MissL 3–37[5]
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References

  1. ^ "1978 Louisville Cardinals Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "1978 Louisville Cardinals Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Poole runs deep in 31–12 Louisville romp". The Courier-Journal. October 1, 1978. Retrieved February 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Poole fumbles, fumes, rushes to record book". The Courier-Journal. November 5, 1978. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "U of L gets 37–3 slap in face from a po' little Southern Miss". The Courier-Journal. November 19, 1978. Retrieved March 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.