Series History Notebook: Louisville & Rutgers

Thursday’s matchup (7:30 p.m., ET, ESPN) will be the 12th meeting all-time between Louisville and Rutgers on the football field with the Scarlet Knights holding a 7-4 advantage in a series that dates back to 1976. UofL has won each of the last two games in the series as the Cardinals won 16-14 last season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and 40-13 in Piscataway, N.J., in 2010. The victory in 2010 halted a two-game skid for Louisville in the series.

  • The Cardinals are 4-3 against Rutgers since the two teams began play in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005.

  • Louisville is 1-4 all-time in Piscataway against the Scarlet Knights with the 40-13 win in 2010 being the only victory.

  • The series began in 1976 and the Scarlet Knights won the first four meetings.

  • The Scarlet Knights knocked the Cardinals from the ranks of the unbeatens in 2006 when Jeremy Ito booted a 28-yard field goal to give Rutgers a 28-25 win and drop the Cardinals to 8-1 overall. That game, like this week’s matchup, was a nationally televised Thursday night showdown in Piscataway.

Most Recent Louisville-Rutgers Results

  • UofL 16, RU 14 – (10/21/11 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Chris Philpott tied a school record with a 52-yard field goal, and Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter as Louisville beat Rutgers 16-14 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, snapping a three-game skid. The Cardinals had three interceptions, ending Rutgers’ first two drives, and Dexter Heyman picked off Gary Nova with 1:41 left to preserve the victory. Jeremy Wright ran for a career-high 108 yards on just 11 carries, the Cardinals’ first running back to top 100 yards that season. Dominique Brown also ran for a touchdown. Rutgers pulled within 16-14 with 14:10 left after driving 80 yards over 14 plays when Nova tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu. That was as close as they would get, as Mark Harrison dropped a would-be touchdown with the nearest defender 10 yards away, and Rutgers wound up punting on fourth-and-1 with 7:06 left.

  • UofL 40, RU 13 – (11/26/10 – High Point Solutions Stadium): Running back Bilal Powell caught two touchdowns and ran for another and Louisville became bowl eligible in Charlie Strong’s first season as coach with a 40-13 victory over Rutgers. Powell caught touchdown passes of 17 and 11 yards from Justin Burke on the Cardinals’ first two series and ran for 11 of his 123 yards to cap the third as Louisville become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007, a season they weren’t selected for a postseason game. Will Stein added a 1-yard touchdown toss to Cameron Graham, running back Jeremy Wright scored on a 64-yard run and Johnny Patrick had a 35-yard interception return for a score late for the Cardinals.

  • RU 34, UofL 14 – (11/27/09 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium): Mohamed Sanu ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead Rutgers past Louisville 34-14. Joe Martinek added 90 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Tom Savage threw for a score and ran for another. Adam Froman passed for 254 yards and a touchdown for Louisville. The Scarlet Knights were held to 130 yards during a loss to the Orange, but bettered that total by the end of the first quarter against injury-depleted Louisville. Rutgers scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and the Cardinals would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way to end the disappointing season. Rutgers scored a touchdown on each of its first four possessions, taking turns alternately grinding things on the ground with Martinek and Sanu and hitting for big plays through the air with Savage and Tim Brown.

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