University of Louisville

Rutgers, Teel smother U of L

Mike Teel threw for 447 yards and matched a Big East record with seven touchdown passes, and Rutgers dismantled Louisville 63-14 on Thursday night for the Scarlet Knights' sixth straight victory.

Tim Brown and Tiquan Underwood each caught a pair of touchdown passes and the Scarlet Knights (7-5, 5-2) set a school record for points in a Big East game, rolling up 671 yards of total offense and sending lowly Louisville (5-7, 1-6) to its worst finish since 1997.

One of seven fifth-year seniors who helped resurrect a once-downtrodden program, Teel capped an up-and-down season with a flourish. He threw touchdown passes to five different receivers, shattered the school record for yards passing and left to a standing ovation early in the fourth quarter.

Jourdan Brooks added 124 yards and a touchdown rushing for Rutgers, which scored touchdowns on seven of its eight first-half possessions.

Brown finished with a career-high 173 yards receiving, and Kenny Britt broke his own single-season school record for receiving yards with 1,259.

Rutgers will become just the seventh team in NCAA history to start 1-5 and reach a bowl game. A good bet is the Papajohns.com Bowl, but the Meineke Bowl, International Bowl and Motor City Bowl are also in the mix.

Then again, after this performance, maybe they ought to let the Scarlet Knights represent the Big East in the BCS. They're easily the conference's hottest team.

Teel has thrown for 1,737 yards and 20 touchdowns in his last five games, helping the Scarlet Knights average more than 46 points a game over that stretch.

The defense hasn't been bad, either. It hasn't allowed a first-half touchdown the last two games.

Hunter Cantwell threw for 270 yards and a touchdown in his final game for Louisville, which will be staying home during bowl season for the second straight year.

Pressure is certain to mount on embattled coach Steve Kragthorpe, too.

Coaching carouseltakes another spin

Tommy Tuberville's resignation at Auburn began another round of college football's season-ending coaching carousel.

A day after Tuberville surprised the school by resigning, two schools came up with new coaches Thursday. Utah State hired Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen, and Toledo hired Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman.

Also Thursday, Fresno State Coach Pat Hill took his name out of consideration to replace Washington's Tyrone Willingham, who was fired and will coach his last game Saturday.

Texas Tech was working on a contract extension for Coach Mike Leach, who reportedly has met with Washington officials about the Huskies' opening. ESPN reported that Leach has withdrawn his name.

Meanwhile, Auburn's wish-list to replace Tuberville includes Leach, Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley, Arkansas' Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher at Florida State and Will Muschamp at Texas.

Hill, completing his 12th season at Fresno State, interviewed for the Washington job Saturday and said he had asked the school for an answer Wednesday.

On Thursday, he said: "I had a great visit with the leadership at the University of Washington and I have a great deal of respect for them and their vision. Because of the time frame we discussed ... it's apparent that I'm not their top candidate. I appreciate their consideration."

Tuberville became the third Southeastern Conference coach to depart this season. The others are Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State and Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee. Lane Kiffin replaced Fulmer on Sunday.

Tuberville's job was not in jeopardy when he decided to step down, and he declined several requests from his bosses to reconsider, Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said Thursday.

Jacobs said Tuberville's departure after 10 mostly successful seasons was "completely his decision" and that the coach would be leading the Tigers next season if he had not chosen to leave.

"To say the least, I was a little shocked," Jacobs said. "But after three times of asking him would he change his mind, he convinced me that the best thing for him and his family and for this football program was for him to possibly take a year off and take a step back.

"I asked him three times (to reconsider), and so did the president," he said.

Jacobs said he and the president agreed to pay Tuberville the buyout price of $5.1 million — even though it was not required since he wasn't fired — because they felt it was "the right thing to do."

Players hold meeting

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says the Gamecocks have held a players-only meeting to get themselves back on track after losing the last two games of the season.

Garcia says wide receiver Moe Brown called the meeting Wednesday.

Garcia says most of the players talked about getting their motivation back for a bowl game after a 56-6 loss to Florida, followed by a 31-14 loss at Clemson.

Fresno St. in bowl

Fresno State has accepted a bid to play in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

It will be the seventh postseason game in the past eight years for the Bulldogs (7-5).

Fresno State will meet a Mountain West team Dec. 20.

Vol player arrested

Tennessee safety Demetrice Morley was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant stemming from a 2007 robbery charge.

The warrant was issued in Miami after Morley failed to appear in court on Sept. 4 for a hearing related to a strong-armed robbery at Florida International University on April 24, 2007.

Morley started 10 games in 2006, but he was dismissed for academic problems and was not on the team when he was arrested in 2007.

He was reinstated this season. He started 10 games and was tied for eighth on the team with 42 tackles and had two interceptions.

■ Texas Tech reserve defensive back De'Shon Sanders has been arrested on two cocaine-related charges. He was arrested in downtown Lubbock, Texas, about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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