Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came into Thursday night's season finale against Rutgers with one good arm, one good leg, a conference championship on the line and no idea if he was even going to be able to play.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, their sophomore leader willed himself onto the field against the Scarlet Knights in the de facto Big East championship game despite having a broken wrist and a sprained ankle, and came up huge in a must-win situation. As a result, Louisville (10-2, 5-2) is likely BCS-bound after rallying for a 20-17 victory.
"This is what we set out for at the beginning of the season," Bridgewater said after the win, wearing a gray boot on his left foot and a thick black brace on his right wrist -- the kind of getup that made it hard to believe he had been on the field just moments earlier.
"Our No. 1 goal was to win the Big East and get to a BCS game, and we're just proud and we're enjoying this moment."