Nov. 29, 2012
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Seniors Adrian Bushell and Andrell Smith were today's game captains for the Cardinals.
With the win, the Cardinals clinched a share of the BIG EAST title for the second straight year.
The win ends the Cardinals' regular season at 10-2 and 5-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. The 10 wins marks the most wins for the Cardinals since 2006 when they went 12-1.
The 10 wins were the most regular-season wins for head coach Charlie Strong, who won a career-best seven regular-season games last year. He ends his third regular season at 24-14.
It marked Strong's third win to the Scarlet Knights in his career.
Louisville limited Rutges to 45 plays offensively. It was tied for the second-fewest by an opponent in a game dating back to 1989. It also marked the second time under Strong that Louisville has held an opponent to fewer than 50 offensive plays.
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Louisville held Rutgers to nine first downs which marked the 19th time since 1989 than an opponent had nine or fewer first downs.
The Cardinals forced three turnovers which was the third time this season Louisville forced three or more turnovers in a game. Additionally, it was only the second time this season the Cardinals recorded multiple interceptions in a game.
Louisville recorded its first win under Strong when rushing for less than 100 yards. The Cardinals had lost their previous six games under Strong when rushing for less than 100 yards including games against Syracuse and Connecticut this year.
Senior Alex Kupper and sophomore Jake Smith made their 25th-straight starts on offense. Senior center Mario Benavides made his 46th-career start and 22nd straight at center.
Senior quarterback Will Stein made his first start since he opened the game against Kentucky on Sept. 17, 2011. It was Stein's sixth start of his career.
Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who didn't make the start since Sept. 17, 2011, made his appearance to start the second quarter. The 6-foot-3 signal caller didn't start due to a broken wrist and a sprained ankle.
Bridgewater threw for 263 yards to move him to sixth on the school's all-time list at 5,581.
Junior Damian Copeland, who played in one game last year, caught a pass in his 12th-straight game this year. He registered a career-best six receptions for 58 yards. He ended the regular season with 48 receptions and 597 yards.
Redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb, who entered the game with five rushes for eight yards, ran a career-high six times for a career-best 37 yards. He added a career-long 16-yard run in the first half.
Bridgewater tossed two touchdown passes for the ninth time this season and has registered 25 this year, which moves him past Dave Ragone (2002) for the fifth most in a season. He has 39 for his career, which also places him fifth in school history for career touchdown passes.
Sophomore wide receiver DeVante Parker caught his team-leading ninth touchdown pass of the season, which ties him for fourth most in a season. The product of Ballard High School has 15 career touchdown receptions, which is tied with Harry Douglas (2004-07) for eighth in school history.
Junior Hakeem Smith started his 37th-straight game at strong safety for the Cardinals.
Freshman DeAngelo Brown made his return to the lineup after missing games due to a knee injury.
Redshirt freshman Jermaine Reve played cornerback for the first time in his career.
Freshman James Burgess recorded his second interception in as many games.
Sophomore Terell Floyd sealed the win with a diving interception, the second of his career.
Rutgers was limited to six plays or fewer on 11 of its 12 offensive drives.
Louisville's longest defensive stint was 2:29 coming in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore safety Calvin Pryor recovered the third fumble of his career.
Special Teams Notes
Redshirt freshman John Wallace booted two field goals to give him 14 for the season. The marked is tied with Nate Smith (2003), Art Carmody (2005) and Chris Philpott (2010) for third most in a season.
Louisville's 16 field goals are the third most in a season dating back to 1962.