Louisville Cardinals' Defense is Difference Maker in Victory Over Rutgers Scarlet Knights

By Colby Lanham
QB Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals remain undefeated with their 24-10 victory over the Scarlet Knights.
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Heisman trophy contender Teddy Bridgewater continues the winning streak as the Louisville Cardinals defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 24-10 in Cardinal Stadium. The No. 8 ranked Cardinals moved to 6-0 and remains unscathed thus far into 2013.

Bridgewater went 21-of-31 for 310 yards for two touchdowns and an interception, but the credit for the win goes to Louisville’s defense, who forced Scarlet Knight quarterback Gary Nova into throwing four interceptions after the lagging start for Louisville’s offense. The offense wasn’t without its bright spots, as Senorise Perry rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while Damian Copeland burned the Scarlet Knights through the air with 115 receiving yards. The defense also held Rutgers to a mere 27 rushing yards and a grand total of 240 total yards on offense. Rutgers managed just three whole points in the entire second half thanks to the performance of Louisville’s defense. On the same token, Louisville’s offense committed three turnovers of its own, which kept Rutgers competitive for most of the game.

Bridgewater came through in the clutch and continued his streak of solid performances while Rutgers missed the opportunity for an upset because of its inability to secure the football. Bridgewater remains one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy thus far, and his performance should indicate that he should remain as such. Bridgewater guides one of the top passing offenses in college football, and the improved play of the Cardinals’ defense only helps him get back on the field to do even more damage to opposing secondaries. Louisville’s schedule gives it a great opportunity to remain undefeated, but it should face an interesting test against UCF next Friday.

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