BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Teel passed for 319 yards as Rutgers capped its comeback season with another rally, defeating North Carolina State, 29-23, in the Papajohns.com Bowl yesterday.
Teel threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with 8 minutes, 30 seconds to play for what proved to be the winning score.
Britt, a third-team all-American, made a juggling catch as he crossed the goal line and finished with six catches for 119 yards.
Teel, a senior, was the game's most valuable player.
The Scarlet Knights (8-5) began the season 1-5, but finished with a seven-game winning streak, led by Teel.
"My dream was to play in a BCS game and win a BCS game, but this is almost more satisfying, to come from where we were," Teel said. "You don't have to worry about Rutgers being back there again. "
The Wolfpack (6-7) were up, 17-6, at halftime, led by quarterback Russell Wilson who was 11 for 23 for 186 yards and a score. But Wilson left the game with a strained knee late in the first half and did not return.
His replacements were mostly ineffective and threw three interceptions. Wilson had not thrown an interception all season.
"You could see the difference in the second half without him," Rutgers safety Courtney Greene said.
Missouri 30, Northwestern 23 -
Jeremy Maclin caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel in the first overtime to overcome the Wildcats in San Antonio, Texas.
No. 25 Missouri finished 10-4, while No. 22 Northwestern ended up 9-4.
Maclin also returned a punt 75 yards for a score.
The underdog Wildcats hung tough as C.J. Bacher threw three TD passes, and their defense intercepted Daniel three times.