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.