Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 10/31/14
  Louisville scored two touchdowns in a span of 16 seconds and Teddy Bridgewater played one for the ages as the Cardinals defeated Rutgers 20-17 for a share of the Big East championship and a likely spot in a BCS bowl game. Teddy Bridgewater did not enter the game for Louisville until the start of the second quarter, but it was worth the wait for the Cardinals. The sophomore star quarterback completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns while occasionally rotating in and out with Will Stein, who kept the offense on a steady pace when Bridgewater needed a breather. Rutgers struck early to send the second-largest crowd to see a Rutgers home game in to a frenzy. After Louisville opened the game with Stein leading a 10-play drive resulting in zero points, Rutgers wasted little time to get the scoring started. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova completed an 85-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman, who left behind would-be tacklers on his way down the left sideline. Rutgers struck again by taking advantage of poor tackling from Louisville's secondary. Mark Harrison broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown catch on what was designed to be a short dump pass over the middle with a chance to pick up a first down. Rutgers had all of the momentum with their defense playing very well in the first half despite being on the wrong side of the time of possession battle. But the pendulum swung the other way in the third quarter.   A fake field goal attempt by Rutgers looked to be good for a touchdown but a penalty nullified the play due to an illegal man down field. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said after the game he did not see the player in question. Rutgers ended up having to punt the football away and try to pin Louisville deep at their 10-yard line, but Louisville accepted the challenge and pulled through with the drive of the game. Louisville methodically moved down field 90 yards over 14 plays, with most plays accumulating no more than eight yards. A continuing rotation of Bridgewater and Stein seemed to work flawlessly with each coming through with solid plays on the drive and Bridgewater continuing to work through a noticeable limp coming on and off the field. It was on this drive Charlie Strong and Louisville sent a clear message that Bridgewater was needed if the Cardinals were going to win the game, and a short pass to Jeremy Wright saw Louisville get in the end zone for the first time of the night. Momentum was seized, but there was more to be done, and it would happen quickly. On the ensuing kickoff Louisville's Terrell Floyd crashed in to Rutgers kick returner Jeremy Deering, knocking the football loose. Calvin Pryor recovered the loose football for Louisville to set up the Big east's leading red zone offense right on the 20-yard line. Most of the night saw Louisville try to play it safe with small to medium-yardage plays in mind, but this was Louisville's moment. More importantly, this was Teddy Bridgewater's moment. The choice was simple. Go for the lead right now. Bridgewater dropped back to pass and he had just one target in mind. Bridgewater glanced right quickly after the snap but he was locked in on DeVante Parker running down the left sideline and just waiting for him to be in the end zone. A beautifully thrown pass form Bridgewater landed in Parker's hands as he kept his feet in play for the exclamation point on a wild 16 seconds of play that silenced Highpoint Solutions Stadium and sent the team dressed in white from head to toe in a frenzy. Rutgers would tie the game up midway through the fourth quarter with a field goal but Bridgewater helped orchestrate a five-play, 35-yard drive to set up a go-ahead field goal by John Wallace with under two minutes to play. Louisville would hold on to the 20-17 victory when Gary Nova's fourth down pass was intercepted by Floyd, Louisville's defensive star of the night. After the game Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood was at a loss for words when reflecting on the loss and bitter ending to the 2012 regular season, but like many in attendance had nothing but complimentary words to say about Bridgewater. "They have a tremendous playmaker at quarterback and he made some great plays."   Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com and host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Google+and Facebook. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter and Facebook.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Metta World Peace expresses interest to coach St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Support for relocation growing among NFL powers

Mother says special needs son forced to remove varsity letter

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.