Rutgers had its first outright Big East title and a Bowl Championship Series bid in its hands and let it get away.
Instead of a celebration, there was only pain and disbelief at the birthplace of college football after Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes despite ankle and wrist injuries and Louisville rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to a 20-17 victory on John Wallace's 29-yard field goal with 1:41 to play.
''This one hurts, and it's going to hurt,'' Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. ''It's going to hurt, but we're going to get through it as a football team. We're going to move on. We're going to get better. When we go out to play that bowl game, we're going to do it the way we do every year, and we're going to go out there to win that bowl game.''
Rutgers (9-3, 5-2) made a couple of costly mistakes.
Senior receiver Tim Wright mishandled a Gary Nova pass and it was intercepted near midfield by James B...