By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Rutgers lost a heartbreaker to Louisville 20-17 to keep them from winning the Big East title outright and going to a BCS bowl for the first time in school history. Here’s what we learned from the game:
1. Rutgers won’t be going to a BCS Bowl.
After backing into a share of the Big East title last week, they still could have won the league outright with a win against Louisville. With the loss, Rutgers keeps its share of the title, but won’t be heading to a BCS bowl. The highest ranked team in the BCS standings will go the BCS bowl game, which will be Louisville.
2. Jawan Jamison is looking a bit more like his old self.
He didn’t in the past two games after spraining his right ankle against Army. But he also had just 13 carries in those two games. Chances are, the coaching staff was saving Jamison for this game. Well, the move paid off. The redshirt sophomore looked the closest to 100% he’s been since the injury with 50 yards on 15 carries.
3. Rutgers can score on their opening drive.
Through 11 games, Rutgers hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown on their opening drive, and had just 23 first quarter points. It didn’t take long for them to change that. One play to be exact. Gary Nova hit Brandon Coleman down the left sideline on a play-action on Rutgers’ first offensive play of the game. Coleman took the 20-yard throw 85-yards for the touchdown.
4. Rutgers defense played better then the stats show.
They had one bad drive where Louisville drove 90 yards in 7:46 in the third quarter for a touchdown. But they held Louisville well under their average of 30 points a game. They made several key stops. Yes, the numbers are a bit inflated, but they were on the field for so long with Louisville dominating the time of possession by more than doubling it.