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       === Late FG lifts Louisville past Rutgers for probable BCS bid ===
 
 Piscataway,  NJ (Sports  Network) - John Wallace hit a 29-yard field goal late
 in  the game to  lead the Louisville Cardinals to a 20-17 win over the Rutgers
 Scarlet Knights in a Big East battle.
 
 With  the Louisville win, there is now a three-way tie for the top spot in the
 Big  East  between Louisville,  Syracuse and  Rutgers. It  could possibly be a
 four-way tie if Cincinnati defeats Connecticut on Saturday.
 
 Due  to  the BCS rankings, Louisville  will most likely gain the automatic BCS
 bid for a spot in the Orange Bowl.
 
 Teddy  Bridgewater  went 20-for-28  with  263  yards,  two touchdowns  and  an
 interception while Jeremy Wright and DeVante Parker each caught a score in the
 win for the Cardinals (10-2, 5-2 Big East), who snapped a two-game slide.
 
 Gary Nova was just 13-for-28 with 284 yards, two scores and two fourth-quarter
 interceptions  for the Scarlet Knights (9-3, 5-2), who dropped their final two
 games  of  the season.  Mark Harrison caught  five passes for  131 yards and a
 score while Brandon Coleman caught the other touchdown pass,
 
 Rutgers  had tied the  game early in the fourth quarter and later in the frame
 had  the  ball, but a missed  catch was tipped  into the air and James Burgess
 came down with the interception, giving Louisville the ball at the Rutgers 47.
 
 On  the  first play, Bridgewater and  Andrell Smith got together for a 30-yard
 play.  After three  straight runs  failed  to  produce a  first down,  Wallace
 connected from 29 yards away for a 20-17 lead with 1:41 to play.
 
 Nova  then got  the Knights near midfield,  but was picked off by Terell Floyd
 and the Cardinals killed off the rest of the clock for the win.
 
 Louisville  converted a fourth down on its first touch, but later stalled near
 midfield and gave the ball back to Rutgers at its own 15.
 
 Rutgers  didn't need long to get on the board as its first play of its opening
 touch saw Nova hit Coleman near his own 40 and he raced down the left sideline
 for  an 85-yard  score. It was the  longest play of the season for the school,
 and the first time the team scored on its first possession of the game.
 
 With a drive that spanned the first and second quarters, Louisville got on the
 board as Wallace capped an 11-play, 61-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal to
 make it a 7-3 game with 9:54 to play in the second.
 
 The  Knights again had a quick answer as the second play saw Nova hit Harrison
 with  a short  pass, he then broke  a tackle and raced down the right sideline
 for  a 68-yard  score and a 14-3  advantage with under nine minutes to play in
 the first half.
 
 Rutgers' second possession  of the third quarter saw the team get into scoring
 range and line up for a field goal.  The Knights went for the fake and scored,
 but an ineligible player down field took away the touchdown and forced a punt.
 
 The  Cardinals  followed with their best  drive of the  game to make it a one-
 score  contest.  Starting at their own  10, the team quickly converted a first
 down,  but faced  a 3rd-and-12. A 26-yard  catch by Smith moved the chains and
 got  the ball  near midfield. The team later converted another third down, but
 were  facing  a 3rd-and-12  at the  Rutgers 14. Bridgewater  stepped up in the
 pocket  to avoid the  rush and used a shovel pass to Wright, who took the ball
 into the end zone for a 14-10 game.
 
 On  the ensuing  kickoff,  Jeremy  Deering fumbled  and  it  was recovered  by
 Louisville at the 20-yard line. On the next play, Bridgewater found Parker for
 a score and a 17-14 lead with 33 seconds left in the third.
 
 Rutgers  answered later  in the fourth quarter after Lorenzo Waters picked off
 Bridgewater  and returned it  29 yards to the Louisville 42. That led to a 38-
 yard field goal from Nick Borgese to tie the game with 7:48 to play.
 
 
 
 11/29 23:18:19 ET

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