Teddy Bridgewater made several great escapes to help No. 19 Louisville get to overtime, and Dominique Brown's 2-yard run gave the Cardinals a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.
The comeback clinched the first American Athletic Conference title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend.
For the second year in a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to decide who gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-7, 7-1) leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
The Cardinals won, 34-31, in overtime in the rain in Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw night when Cincinnati's Tony Miliano kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left.
An interference penalty in the end zone set up Brown's 2-yard run to open overtime.
2 face drug charges
Two North Carolina State football players face misdemeanor drug charges after police visited their apartment during a sexual battery investigation. Running back Shadrach Thornton has been indefinitely suspended by the school; safety J.J. Jones had earlier decided to transfer.
LSU player dismissed
Louisiana State spokesman Michael Bonnette said freshman football player Jeryl Brazil, who has had several run-ins with the law since September, has been dismissed from the team by coach Les Miles.
- Associated Press