LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville intercepted passes on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter, the second by Terell Floyd to set up Teddy Bridgewater’s 3-yard touchdown pass that clinched the Cardinals’ 24-10 victory over Rutgers on Thursday night.
Defense was the story for the eighth-ranked Cardinals (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), who had four interceptions, sacked Gary Nova eight times and held Rutgers (4-2, 1-1) to 12 yards rushing. Safety Calvin Pryor led Louisville’s stifling effort with 14 tackles and a fourth-quarter interception in holding the Scarlet Knights to 240 yards.
The Cardinals needed that performance to offset Bridgewater’s off night. The junior completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and fumbled early in the fourth quarter.
BAYLOR: Running back Lache Seastrunk boldly proclaimed 10 months ago that he would win the 2013 Heisman Trophy, or at least get very close.
Now he’s backing it up with his performance on the field while playing only about half of each game for the 15th-ranked Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12).
With Baylor jumping out to big leads, only two of Seastrunk’s 53 carries have come after halftime. But he’s still the nation’s second-leading rusher with 147 yards per game and eight touchdowns. Not to mention that he’s averaging an astonishing 11.1 yards per carry,
Seastrunk also has a school-record streak of eight 100-yard games, coinciding with Baylor’s eight-game winning streak.
NAVY: The superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy set aside the recommendation of a military judge and ordered two former Navy football players to face court-martial in the alleged sexual assault of a female midshipman, attorneys for the accused men said.
A NORTH CAROLINA prosecutor would like to see more enforcement of the state sports agent laws.
Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall is pursuing criminal cases against an agent and ex-UNC tutor and hopes other states follow in a broad attempt to curb improper agent conduct.
Georgia-based agent Terry Watson and former tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson are charged with providing cash and other benefits to three former Tar Heels football players.
MAINE 3, UMASS-LOWELL 1: Jordan Pellerin, Charlene Achille and Maggie Malone scored for the Black Bears (6-3-4, 3-0-1 America East) against the River Hawks (0-12, 0-3) at Orono.
BATES 2, UNE 0: Hannah Graves set up one goal, then scored her first of the season as the Bobcats (3-6-1) defeated the Nor’easters (6-5-1) at Lewiston.
Graves passed to Lily Peterson, who scored from inside the 6-yard box in the 24th minute, then finished a pass from Kara Stefanik with 10 minutes left.
Anabel Schmelz had one save for Bates, while Brielle Robinson had nine for UNE.
TUFTS 7, UNE 1: Chelsea Yogerst scored five goals as the Jumbos (8-1) handled the Nor’easters (7-5) at Medford, Mass.
For UNE, Erin Bibber scored her seventh goal while Holly Smith made 12 saves.