Louisville Is BCS Bowl Bound: Full Breakdown of Cardinals Victory over Rutgers

Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 30, 2012

Nov 29, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes during the third quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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Louisville is now heading to a BCS bowl after winning a tough game against Rutgers on the road, 20-17.

The Cardinals came into the game unranked after losing two straight conference games, but still had hopes of winning the Big East conference and head to a BCS bowl. 

Louisville started former walk-on Will Stein after Teddy Bridgewater broke his left wrist and sprained his ankle in Saturday's game against UConn. Stein led the Cardinals the complete first quarter, but were unable to get any rhythm on offense.

Bridgewater was able to get the offense rolling in the second quarter to get kicker John Wallace close enough to hit a 20 yard field goal.

Louisville went into halftime down 14-3.

Bridgewater took charge in the second half and led the team on a 90-yard dive, completing a shuffle pass to Jeremy Wright for a touchdown.

Louisville then forced a fumble on the kickoff and got the ball back on the 20-yard line.

Bridgewater then threw it up to DeVante Parker for a spectacular touchdown catch, making it 17-14 Cardinals.

Even Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman hopeful Johnny Manziel took notice of Bridgewater's impressive play.

Rutgers were able to tie the game with just over two minutes left in the game. Bridgewater and the Louisville offense drove down the field quickly and set up an easy field goal for John Wallace.

Rutger's quarterback, Gary Nova, had plenty of time to drive the Scarlet Knights down the field, but threw an interception to Terrell Floyd.

Will Stein was able to kneel the ball to end the game.

Teddy Bridgewater, who was unable to practice the entire week, had 263 yards passing and two touchdowns.

"They have a tremendous playmaker at the quarterback position," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said after the game via SI.com. "We just weren't able to match him in the end."

Floyd told Tim Sullivan of the Courier Journal about Bridgewater, "Some of those throws he made, I don’t see any other kid in our league who can make those throws,"

Louisville is still a very young football team and have only scratched the surface of what they can accomplish. 

The team not only showed their poise to fight back, but also showed they can stay focus despite hearing rumors all week that their head coach, Charlie Strong, has interviewed for the Auburn job.


The University of Louisville has had an incredible past two days. The university was voted into the ACC Wednesday and now the Cardinals will be heading to either the Orange Bowl or the Sugar Bowl.

The BCS bowl matchups will be announced Sunday at 8:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.

Louisville ends the regular season with a record of 10-2, which is the best record since 2006 when the Cardinals went to the Orange Bowl.

Charlie Strong said after the game via GoCards.com:

For us to go on the road and win the championship, it’s so special. It’s special for this program. It’s special for the University. It’s special for our fans and for the city of Louisville. It’s just special. I’m just so happy for us to get to a 10-win season, go win us a conference title and get us to a BCS bowl.”


This is Louisville's second straight year winning the Big East title. Louisville fans can order their bowl tickets on GoCards.com.