Rutgers was next.
"There's no time for partying," Petrino said. "There's time to enjoy this win, that's for sure, but we have to get ready for Rutgers."
That's right, Rutgers.
A schedule that called for two straight Thursday night games for the Cardinals, now No. 3 in both the AP poll and the BCS standings, suddenly turned into two straight monster Thursday night games.
The Scarlet Knights (8-0, 3-0) are waiting.
It still sounds funny -- undefeated Rutgers playing a game of this magnitude.
But the Knights, who rested last week, are the No. 15 team in the country, No. 13 in the latest BCS standings. They watched last week's Thursday night matchup of the undefeateds knowing they'd get their chance exactly one week later.
Extra seats have been added to the stadium and the ticket is a hot one. Rutgers has a chance to make a loud statement.
The Knights, who have been winning with defense and in incredible year from running back Ray Rice, come into this game as a confident bunch. These kids thought they were good right from the start, but you'd have to think there's no way they knew they'd be this good.
Notes and Quotes
GAME BALL GOES TO: There is no game ball because there was no game, as Rutgers gets ready for the biggest game in the school's modern era. No. 3 Louisville is coming in for some Thursday Night Football in Piscataway.
KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Mike Teel -- Knows how to win, even if he doesn't always play well. He's 33-1 as starter in high school and college and could use a big game this week against Louisville.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's going to be a real tough game. We've just got to focus on Rutgers." -- Louisville QB Brian Brohm after his team beat West Virginia and was set to move on to visit Rutgers.
Strategy and Personnel
LOOKING GOOD: Rutgers has been able to score in all three phases of the game, a big reason why the Scarlet Knights are 8-0 as they host No. 3 Louisville Thursday night.
RB Ray Rice - He was held to 79 yards on 22 carries by UConn, but he is still the No. 2 rusher in the country at 160.57 yards per game.
FB Brian Leonard -- With so much of the focus on Rice, the senior fullback was used a bit more against UConn, running for 35 yards on seven carries and catching three passes for 31 yards. His first catch gave him the Rutgers reception record (193) and also extended his Big East record for catching a pass to 42 consecutive games.
K Jeremy Ito -- He is 11-for-14 on field goal attempts this season and is now tied for the all-time Rutgers FG record. "Yeah, it's cool, but it's not something you think about," he said. "It is more down the line, off season, you look back and you're like, yeah, that's cool. But right now it's just working, staying focused."
STILL NEEDS WORK: The Rutgers offense doesn't often hit on all cylinders and that figures to cost them against a team like Louisville. Mike Teel has been mostly efficient but never spectacular, and UConn showed Rice can be handled.
ROSTER REPORT: The time off helped Rutgers rest up for the game against No. 3 Louisville.
CB Derrick Robinson, who missed the last two games with a hamstring, is set to return.
The Knights received a verbal commitment from K San San Te, from Hickory, N.C.