Jarrett Brown threw a 22-yard touchdown in the third overtime and West Virginia knocked down Mike Teel's 2-point conversion pass to preserve a 41-39 win over Rutgers on Saturday night, denying the Scarlet Knights their first BCS berth and allowing Louisville to gain the automatic bid.
Brown ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his first career start to help No. 15 West Virginia cap its second straight 10-win season. Brown started for Pat White, who sat out the game with a sore ankle suffered in a loss to South Florida a week ago.
Starting with the third overtime, teams are required to go for 2-point conversions after touchdowns. Brown hit Brandon Myles across the middle for the go-ahead score against No. 13 Rutgers, then found Dorrell Jalloh with the 2-point conversion pass for a 41-33 lead.
Louisville shows style in romp over Huskies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Brian Brohm threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns as Louisville clinched the Big East championship. Harry Douglas caught five passes for 149 yards and two scores and Anthony Allen added two touchdowns on the ground as Louisville took control early.
Louisville's school-record 11th regular-season win was enough for the Cardinals to secure the Big East championship and the automatic BCS bid - after Rutgers lost to West Virginia.
"I think we're definitely BCS-worthy, but there's only so many spots," said Brohm, who announced after the game that he will return for his senior year.
Just in case the Cardinals needed style points, Brohm provided plenty. He was nearly flawless, completing 20 of 28 passes and leading the Cardinals to scores on all but two drives before exiting following his final touchdown pass, a 32-yard strike to Gary Barnidge midway through the fourth quarter.
As Barnidge celebrated the score, a fan threw an orange onto the field as the Papa John's Stadium crowd roared.
"We've done a great job all year, adversity we've been able to overcome it," Brohm said. "Right now, we're playing great football. I think we're peaking."
The victory extended Louisville's home winning streak to 18 straight, the second-longest in the country. The Cardinals rolled up 570 yards of offense and only punted once.
"Our whole offense the last couple of games is going like we were playing early in the year," Douglas said. "We're really coming on."
Donald Brown ran for 122 yards for Connecticut, but the Huskies didn't have the firepower to keep up. Quarterback Matt Bonislawski completed 7 of 19 passes for 89 yards with one interception.