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October 10, 2013
Rutgers falls to Louisville
Play of the Day
Rutgers' fake field goal. The Scarlet Knights dipped into their bag of tricks when the field goal unit came out and lined up for a would-be 44-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter. But they quickly switched formations and J.T. Tartacoff took a shotgun snap and completed a 26-yard pass to Tyler Kroft which set up a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kroft on the following play.
Louisville had a host of plays to pick from on the night. It could be any one of the Cardinals' four interceptions or eight sacks of Gary Nova. There were also plenty of Teddy Bridgewater passes to open receivers.
The Turning Point
Gary Nova's second quarter interception. Rutgers was down 3-0 and driving in Louisville territory to start the second quarter after its defense had picked up a bit of momentum. But Nova and Brandon Coleman were out of sync and the result was an interception right in the hands of James Burgess. Two plays later Louisville scored and started to open up a double-digit lead. That set the tone for Nova's night which ended with four interceptions. He just wasn't able to make clutch throws although he did face his fair share of pressure. But for Rutgers to have beaten Louisville, it would have taken a solid performance by Nova.
Gary Nova on Rutgers' failed fourth quarter
In the early stages of the third quarter, Louisville wide receiver James Quick caught a short pass and as he was trying to make a move, defensive lineman David Milewski chased him down from behind and provided a bone-jarring hit that even made the home crowd let out a collective shriek.
The Stock Market
Anthony Cioffi. The true freshman took over for an ineffective Nadir Barnwell and played well in coverage. Cioffi also recovered a fumble and caused one with a huge sack of Bridgewater in the fourth quarter.
Tejay Johnson. He had trouble all night in coverage and seemed to always be a step or two behind the Louisville receivers.
Senior cornerback Lew Toler left the game during the first series as he was carted off the field. Head coach Kyle Flood offered an update on his status.
"He broke his arm. His parents were here and they were at the hospital with him. I don't have more of an update than that but that's the situation."
Inside the Numbers