The Louisville Cardinals came in expecting to have to fight for the right to play in a BCS bowl game. A fight is exactly what they got. The Cardinals beat Rutgers 20-17 to earn a likely trip to the Orange Bowl to represent the Big East.
The Scarlet Knights scored on the very first offensive play from scrimmage and scored once more in the first half on an explosive play.
The Cardinals could hardly find any room to run on Thursday evening, so they had to rely on QB Teddy Bridgewater, who didn't even make the start due to a broken hand and an injured ankle.
Despite the injuries, Bridgewater led the Cardinals out of the locker room in the second half and to a win in NJ.
In one 16-second span in the second half, Louisville went from being down 14-3 to being up 17-14. After a TD drive, a big hit by the Cardinals' special teams unit jarred the ball loose from the Rutgers ball-carrier.
The regular season is over for both of these teams. Rutgers finished the season with a 9-3 record and as co-champions of the Big East with Louisville, who finished 10-2.
Let's find 10 lessons we learned from the Cardinals' win over Rutgers on Thursday night.