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(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Rutgers 34, Louisville 14
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Mohamed Sanu ran for 148 yards with two touchdowns and Joe Martinek added 90 yards with a score, as Rutgers opened a big lead early and cruised to a 34-14 victory over Louisville.
Tom Savage threw a touchdown pass and added a rushing score for the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 3-3 Big East), who bounced back nicely after a 31-13 loss at Syracuse last week ended their brief stay as the 25th-ranked team in the nation.
Sanu, who directs the Rutgers version of the Wildcat formation, carried the ball 18 times and scored on runs of four and 29 yards. Savage, who was sacked nine times last week, completed 10-of-16 passes for 163 yards in the victory.
Adam Froman threw for 254 yards and a touchdown for Louisville (4-8, 1-6), which won just once in its last four games to conclude a second straight losing season.
Rutgers scored on its first two possessions to open a 14-0 lead. Martinek capped a six-play, 64-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run for the first score. Savage, who completed a pair of passes on the opening series, then directed a 16-play, 87-yard march for another score and finished it with a three-yard touchdown run just under two minutes into the second quarter.
Louisville answered the second TD with one of its own, as Froman hit Trent Guy with a six-yard scoring pass just under five minutes later, but the Scarlet Knights added a pair of touchdowns before the break.
Sanu keyed an 80-yard march with a 34-yard run, then scored from four yards away to extend the Rutgers lead to 21-7. After Louisville was unable to convert 4th-and-2 from near midfield, the Scarlet Knights went 52 yards the other way in just 43 seconds. Martinek's 20-yard run converted 3rd-and-10 before Savage hit Tim Brown with a 32-yard touchdown pass for a 28-7 cushion.
Louisville took its first possession of the third quarter 82 yards in just seven plays and pulled within 14. A 66-yard pass from Froman to Guy set up Darius Ashley's one-yard touchdown run.
A scary moment occurred later in the third when Louisville receiver Doug Beaumont was hurt while trying to make a catch. Beaumont was sandwiched between two Rutgers players and appeared to take a helmet to the head/neck area with 5:19 remaining in the period. He remained on the field while medical personnel stabilized his neck and placed him on a stretcher. As he was wheeled off the field, Beaumont gave fans and teammates a thumbs-up sign with both hands.
Neither team seriously threatened again until late in the fourth when Sanu scored on a 29-yard run with just under four minutes to play.
11/27 14:48:37 ET