Batesville High alum Charlie Strong gets Louisville bowl-eligible in 1st season

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.