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

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Report: Jets, Bills expected to pursue Darrelle Revis

Falcons being investigated for fake crowd noise

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Bret Bielema wanted Dolphins to draft Russell Wilson early

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

Should the Super Bowl be played on a Saturday?

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

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

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.