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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.

Runner up:
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.

Memorable Moment:
  • Anthony Cioffi's sack of Teddy Bridgewater. Cioffi came from Bridgewater's blind side and nailed him to jar the football loose deep inside Rutgers territory. The play could have set up the possibility for a dramatic game-tying drive. But it was a drive that would not be.

Forgettable Moment:
  • Rutgers' secondary was beaten badly as Tejay Johnson and Nadir Barnwell let wide receiver Kai DeLa Cruz get behind them and was wide open for a 34-yard touchdown catch which pushed Louisville to a 10-0 advantage.


Quotables

Gary Nova on Rutgers' failed fourth quarter comeback:

"The defense did a great job, they got us the ball back. That's on me to lead the team down there and score and tie the game up and I didn't do that."


Kyle Flood on Gary Nova's play and getting sacked eight times:

"It's hard to talk about Gary's play without talking about the protection. No question, there are some decisions Gary would like to have back again, sometimes maybe just to take the ball and take the sack. We certainly took enough of them, that's for sure."


Nadir Barnwell on what he has to do better playing cornerback:

"I have to get my techniques down, trust myself, trust the coaches more. We have to find find somebody to get in the rotation to help keep the defense going."


Scarlet Nation whack of the game:
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
Stock Up

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.

Stock Down

Tejay Johnson. He had trouble all night in coverage and seemed to always be a step or two behind the Louisville receivers.


Injury update

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
  • Ruhann Peele set a career high wirth five catches for 58 yards.
  • The crowd of 55,168 was the fourth largest crowd ever to watch a game at Papa John's Stadium.
  • At the end of the first half safeties Lorenzo Waters and Tejay Johnson were Rutgers' second leading tacklers with four and three tackles respectively behind Steve Longa, who had seven tackles. Longa finished with 11 tackles.
  • Up until Rutgers' first scoring drive, the offense had run 16 plays for a total of 31 yards.
  • Gary Nova threw four interceptions and was sacked eight times on the night.




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