PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Mike Teel threw for 447 yards and matched a Big East record with seven touchdown passes, and Rutgers dismantled Louisville, 63-14, last night for its sixth straight win.
Tim Brown and Tiquan Underwood each caught a pair of touchdown passes, and the Scarlet Knights (7-5, 5-2) set a school mark for points in a Big East game, rolling up 671 yards of total offense and sending Louisville (5-7, 1-6) to its worst finish since 1997.
One of seven fifth-year seniors who helped resurrect a once-downtrodden program, Teel capped an up-and-down season with a flourish. He threw touchdown passes to five receivers, shattered the school record for yards passing, and left to a standing ovation early in the fourth quarter.
Jourdan Brooks added 124 yards and a touchdown rushing for Rutgers, which scored touchdowns on seven of its eight first-half possessions. Brown finished with a career-high 173 yards receiving, and Kenny Britt broke his own single-season school record for receiving yards with 1,259.
Rutgers will become just the seventh team in NCAA history to start 1-5 and reach a bowl game. A good bet is the Papajohns.com Bowl, but the Meineke, International and Motor City Bowls are also in the mix.
Then again, after this performance, maybe the Scarlet Knights should represent the Big East in the BCS. They are easily the conference's hottest team.