(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: Rutgers 54, (17) Pittsburgh 34
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Teel had the game of his life, throwing for a single-game school record six touchdowns and 361 yards, leading the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to a 54-34 upset of the 17th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers.
Teel eclipsed the former school record of five touchdown passes, established by Rich Policastro against Colgate in 1969. Coming into the game with only three touchdown passes on the season, Teel more than doubled his total on 14- of-21 passing, including five first-half scoring passes.
Teel is now tied with Ray Lucas for second most touchdown passes in Rutgers' history with 43.
Kenny Britt was the recipient of three of Teel's touchdown passes, catching five total passes for 143 yards for Rutgers (3-5, 2-2 Big East). Tim Brown had two scoring receptions, as part of a four-catch 132-yard game. Kordell Young ran for 83 yards and two scores on 20 attempts.
LeSean McCoy had an outstanding effort, rushing for 146 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries for the Panthers (5-2, 2-1), who lost for the first time since an opening week setback to Bowling Green. Bill Stull completed 17- of-23 throws for 283 yards before being carried off on a stretcher with an apparent neck injury, and T.J. Porter caught four passes for 109 yards.
Stull was hit by Rutgers defensive back David Rowe while attempting a pass, and his head snapped forward as he collided with McCoy with about six minutes to go in the third quarter. He was replaced by Pat Bostick, who threw for 65 yards on 5-of-10 passing with an interception.
Pittsburgh got the ball first and took only three plays to find the end zone. McCoy started the scoring barrage with a 33-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game.
Rutgers answered with a big play of their own, as Teel found Brown for 60 yards and a touchdown on the second play of the ensuing drive to tie the game.
The Panthers failed on a 4th-and-1 from the Rutgers' 20 later in the quarter, and the Scarlet Knights used another big play to go out in front. Teel threw for his second touchdown of the game, a 79-yard strike to Britt, with 6:09 remaining in the opening frame.
A missed field goal gave the ball back to Rutgers again, and this time the team scored in conventional fashion, driving down the field in 10 plays. Teel hit Britt for the second time in the game -- from seven yards out -- to put Rutgers up 20-7 early in the second.
McCoy scored again on Pittsburgh's next drive, ripping off a 22-yard run to the end zone to cap a three-play, 77-yard drive to cut the deficit to six.
But Teel continued his dominant first half, again hitting Britt for a touchdown -- a 26-yarder -- to put Rutgers ahead 27-14 with 10:34 still to go in the half.
On the Panthers next set, Stull found Porter for 64 yards down to the Knights' three. Two plays later McCoy punched it in from one yard out to make it 27-21.
The Scarlet Knights scored their fifth touchdown on their sixth drive of the game, as Teel found Kevin Brock for a three-yard score -- Teel's fifth of the half -- with 5:26 left in the second to cap a six-play, 63-yard drive.
Conor Lee hit a 43-yard field goal for the Panthers with just over a minute remaining, sending Pitt into the break trailing, 34-24.
After Rutgers opened the second half with their first punt of the game, Pitt got the ball back on its own 41. The Panthers scored in nine plays, as McCoy scored his fourth touchdown of the contest from one yard out to bring the score to 34-31 just six minutes in.
A muffed punt by Pitt's Aaron Berry gave Rutgers good field position at the Panthers' 36. Teel threw for his sixth score on the first play of the drive, finding Brown for a 36-yard touchdown to restore a 10-point lead with 7:37 left in the quarter.
Late in the third, Bostick threw an interception that gave the Knights the ball on the Panthers' eight. Young took it in for a touchdown on the next play, giving Rutgers a 48-31 advantage headed into the final stanza.
Lee added his second field goal of the game -- a 40-yard try -- to make it a 14-point game with 11:16 to play.
Young ran for a three-yard score for Rutgers with 5 1/2 minutes remaining to account for the final margin.
Rutgers has now won four straight between the schools, but Pittsburgh leads the all-time series, 19-7...Teel also threw one interception, giving him eight on the season...Rutgers' 54 points is a season-high...Teel still trails Ryan Hart for the all-time touchdown passes mark in school history by nine...Pittsburgh outgained the Scarlet Knights, 486-442.
10/25 19:48:14 ET