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Louisville is 1-4 this season and 1-7 under coach Charlie Strong when scoring under 20 points in a game. Louisville had dropped seven straight games when failing to score more than 20 points.
The Cardinals are on pace to tally just five rushing touchdowns for the season, which would be the second-fewest in school history. Louisville had just three in 1991 and six in 1974. Senior Victor Anderson and Teddy Bridgewater had the only other rushing touchdowns before Dominique Brown scored against Rutgers.
Louisville did something against Rutgers that they hadn’t done all season -- score a touchdown in the third quarter. Louisville has scored a total of just 12 points in the third quarter all season.
Syracuse needs one win to become bowl eligible for the second straight season. The last time the Orange reached bowl games in consecutive years was 1998 (Orange Bowl vs. Florida) and 1999 (Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky).
The Orange hit the road for the first time in conference play this season after going 4-0 away from home in Big East games in 2010. It was the first time since 1996 the team didn’t lose a Big East away game. The last league road loss was the 2009 finale at UConn.
If Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey rushes for 100 yards at Louisville, he will tie Curtis Brinkley’s 2008 school record for the most consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season at five. He’ll also match Brinkley and Joe Morris (1979-80) for the most consecutive 100-yard games during the course of a career.
Rutgers made its living earlier this season on takeaways, but the Scarlet Knights have been sloppy of late. They were plus-14 in turnover margin through the first five games; in their last two they are minus-3.
This is the 12th time Rutgers has faced a ranked West Virginia team. Rutgers is 1-10 against ranked WVU teams. The lone victory for the Scarlet Knights was a 23-19 win over No. 19 West Virginia at Giants Stadium on Nov. 10, 1984.
Here is a little breakdown of West Virginia vs. Rutgers in their last 16 meetings, all West Virginia wins. The Mountaineers have averaged 40.9 ppg; Rutgers 16.1. West Virginia has scored 30 or more points 12 times; Rutgers twice. The Scarlet Knights last beat West Virginia in 1994.
After giving up 61 sacks last season, Rutgers has only allowed 13 this year.
West Virginia has had 10 100-yard receiving performances after seven games, the most 100-yard receiving performances in one season in school history. Five of those belong to Stedman Bailey.
Pitt set season-highs for total offense (529), passing yardage (433), completions (30) and pass attempts (43) in its win over UConn.