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               === Bridgewater, No. 8 Louisville down Rutgers ===
 
 Louisville,  KY (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Teddy  Bridgewater completed  21-of-31
 passes  for 310 yards and two touchdowns to lead eighth-ranked Louisville to a
 24-10 win over Rutgers on Thursday.
 
 Bridgewater threw one interception and fumbled once, but was able  to overcome
 the miscues  to lead the Cardinals (6-0, 2-0 AAC) to victory.
 
 "It was a decent performance," Bridgewater said. "I left a couple of throws on
 the field. I battled adversity, but it was a decent performance. It was a
 great team effort, the guys laid it all on the line."
 
 Senorise Perry carried the ball 13 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and Kai
 De La Cruz and Eli Rogers each had a touchdown reception for Louisville, which
 has won eight straight games dating back to last season.
 
 The Cards were without top receiver DeVante Parker, who injured his shoulder
 in last week's 30-7 win over Temple.
 
 Gary  Nova  completed 19-of-35 passes for  202 yards and a touchdown but threw
 four  interceptions, including  a pair of picks late in the fourth quarter for
 the  Scarlet Knights  (4-2, 1-1), who had won four straight games entering the
 contest.
 
 "There are certain things you have to do in games like this because your
 margin of error is so small," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "We didn't do
 those things this evening.
 
 The Cardinals came away with points on three of their first four drives.
 
 After  leading the Cardinals down to the Rutgers' seven, Bridgewater's pass to
 De  La Cruz fell incomplete, and Louisville settled for a 24-yard John Wallace
 field goal.
 
 Louisville punted on its next touch, but the Cardinals got the ball right back
 as James Burgess picked off Nova and returned it to the Rutgers' 35. Two plays
 later,  and less  than a minute into the second quarter, Bridgewater connected
 with De La Cruz for a 34-yard touchdown.
 
 Perry's  1-yard TD  plunge capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive to give Louisville a
 17-0 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half.
 
 Nova  got  the Knights  on the board  with his 1-yard  touchdown pass to Tyler
 Kroft to make it 17-7 at the break.
 
 Kyle Federico drilled a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth to pull Rutgers
 within a touchdown.
 
 Bridgewater  drove deep  into Rutgers' territory on the ensuing drive, but was
 sacked and fumbled on the 5-yard line, and the Scarlet Knights took over.
 
 Nova, though, threw an interception four plays later.
 
 Louisville  looked to  make it a 10-point game, but Wallace missed a 45-yarder
 with just under six minutes left to keep Rutgers' hopes alive.
 
 Those hopes were quickly erased as Nova was picked off once again. Bridgewater
 then connected with Rogers for a 6-yard touchdown to seal the win.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Thursday marked the last conference meeting between the two schools. Rutgers
 will become a member of the ACC next season. Damian  Copeland  caught eight
 passes  for 115 yards  for Louisville ... De La Cruz  left  the game  in the
 third quarter  with an  apparent leg injury ... Rutgers holds a narrow 7-6
 advantage in the all-time series ... Nova has eight interceptions this season.
 
 
 
 
 10/11 02:41:38 ET

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