PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - 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 on Friday.
Powell caught touchdown passes of 17 and 11 yards from Justin
Burke on the Cardinals' first two series and he ran for 11 of his
123 yards to cap the third as Louisville (6-6, 3-4 Big East) become
bowl eligible for the first time since 2007, a season they weren't
selected for a postseason game.
The loss was the fifth straight for Rutgers (4-7, 1-5), ending
any chance it had of going to a bowl game for the sixth straight
year under Greg Schiano. The losing streak has coincided with a
spinal cord injury that backup defensive tackle Eric LeGrand
suffered on Oct. 16 against Army, the Scarlet Knights' last win.