RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454/FieldTurf)
Thursday, November 29 • 7:30 p.m. • ESPN
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN — Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Steele
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Sirius 136; XM 193
BIG EAST/IMG Sports National Radio
John Rooke and Peter Brock
Sirius 91; XM 91
WOR-AM 710 (flagship)
Thursday’s game will be the 12th meeting between Louisville and Rutgers in a series that dates to 1976 … The teams have met every year since 2005, when Louisville joined the BIG EAST … Rutgers leads the overall series 7-4, though Louisville holds a 4-3 advantage in BIG EAST games … Louisville has won the last two meetings, including a 16-14 decision at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in 2011 … The signature game in the series came in 2006, when 15th-ranked Rutgers beat No. 3 Louisville 28-25 in Piscataway … That turned out to be the only loss for Louisville, which went on to win the outright BIG EAST title and earn an Orange Bowl win against Wake Forest.
rv/23 LOUISVILLE (9-2, 4-2 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
15-8, second season at Louisville
15-9, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including a 23-20 setback to Connecticut in triple-overtime last Saturday … Louisville has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the BCS standings this season … A win against Rutgers would clinch a share of Louisville’s third BIG EAST title — the Cardinals won outright in 2006 and tied with West Virginia and Cincinnati for the crown last year … A win would also all but officially put the Cardinals in a BCS game, based on BIG EAST tiebreaking policies … QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has thrown for 3,189 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, was twice forced from the game against Connecticut, but returned to finish the game … Bridgewater, who suffered wrist and ankle injuries against the Huskies, is expected to start Thursday … RB Senorise Perry, the team’s leading rusher, was lost for the season with a knee injury against Syracuse Nov. 3 … RB Jeremy Wright (723 yards, 9 TDs) will see most of the carries the rest of the way … LB Preston Brown has a team-high 90 tackles … S Calvin Pryor has 87 tackles with two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
rv/25 RUTGERS (9-2, 5-1 BIG EAST)
Kyle Flood (Iona ’93)
9-2, first season
Rutgers continues to make history in 2012 as the Scarlet Knights captured a share of their first BIG EAST title with last week’s results … Rutgers would win the outright conference title and head to a BCS game for the first time if it defeats Louisville … Head coach Kyle Flood is the third Scarlet Knight coach — and the first since John Bateman in 1960 — to win nine games in his first season … The Scarlet Knights rank fourth nationally in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and 14th in total defense (317.6 ypg) … RB Jawan Jamison is third in the BIG EAST in rushing at 91.3 yards per game … Jamison has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of his 11 games this season … QB Gary Nova has thrown for 2,282 yards and 20 touchdowns with 13 interceptions … LB Khaseem Greene, the 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, leads the BIG EAST with 115 tackles to go with 5.5 sacks, 10.0 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and two interceptions … CB Logan Ryan leads the BIG EAST in passes defended (18).