Nova’s Turnovers Prove Fatal in Effort Against Rival Louisville
Added by Breanna Casey on October 11, 2013.
The Louisville defense had plenty to celebrate, including four interceptions. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
In the final meeting between the two teams, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell short in a battle with their rivals, scoring a season-low 10 points as the No. 8 Lousiville Cardinals notched 24 on their home field.
Despite junior quarterback Gary Nova’s four interceptions, the game stayed within reach for Rutgers for a while. At the end of the first quarter, the scoreboard read a mere three points on behalf of the home team while the Scarlet Knights had yet to put up any numbers.
The Rutgers offensive line struggled tremendously against the terrorizing Cardinals defense, as Nova went down for a total of eight sacks.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville’s Heisman-worthy quarterback, had perhaps one of his least productive games of the season. The Cardinals had scored 29-straight points previous to the match, an impressive record that was broken in the third quarter. Despite the ultimate loss, the Rutgers defense can credit themselves with holding Louisville to a season low 24 points.
A few individual players made their mark for the Scarlet Knights. Holder JT Tartacoff showed his versatility as he feigned the quarterback position for a 26 yard pass to tight-end Tyler Kroft on a fourth down conversion late in the second quarter.
Jamal Merrell’s blocked field goal attempt in the third quarter placed Rutgers at the top position in the nation for blocked field goals, with 33 efforts swatted away by the Scarlet Knights.