Rutgers Football Team Report

If words could describe the exclamatory victory at Rutgers, which topped undefeated Louisville in New Jersey on Thursday, local media outlets might have done the Scarlet Knights' landmark victory justice. "RU SERIOUS?" -- "RU KIDDING ME?"

Those were just a couple of the headlines seen around the area in morning newspapers editions after Rutgers pulled off the biggest win in the history of its program by beating No. 3 Louisville.

Sunday, the Scarlet Knights learned they had vaulted all the way up to No. 7 in the new AP poll.

It just keeps getting better and better in Piscataway.

"It was pretty crazy trying to get to my house and go across Eastern Avenue (in New Brunswick) in my car," said quarterback Mike Teel. "But it was a great scene and I gave them all a little honk."

Sunday, the Knights got to party some more with the jump of eight spots in the AP poll.

But now they are back to business with a visit to Cincinnati this week before hosting Syracuse and finishing the season Dec. 2 at West Virginia.

Can it happen?

These improbable Knights (9-0, 4-0 Big East) have won nine games for the first time since 1978. They beat a ranked team for the first time since 1988. It seems every week something else from a non-proud past goes by the boards.

Rutgers got hit in the mouth in the first half, falling behind, 25-7 to Louisville. At the time, some had to be thinking: "Rutgers? Yeah, right."

But the defense, ranked in the top five in the country in six different categories, put the clamps on the Cardinals' offense in the second half. They sacked Brian Brohm five times in the game and sent the Cardinals home with their first loss when Jeremy Ito kicked a 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left.

Notes and Quotes
GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Mike Teel - His numbers weren't great, but he led his team on a late 80-yard drive that led to the game-winning field goal. The drive and boot provided the final margin in Rutgers' 28-25 win over Louisville.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are coming off the biggest win in school history and now have to go try to win on the road at Cincinnati, a place with little crowd noise. Can Rutgers generate enough adrenaline to avoid an emotional letdown coming off of an all-time high for this program?

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is the way college football is supposed to be. The metropolitan (New York/New Jersey) area maybe hasn't had this before, but I have a feeling they're really going to take to it." - Rutgers coach Greg Schiano after his team stunned No. 3 Louisville last Thursday night.

Strategy and Personnel
LOOKING GOOD: What can you say about what's happened at Rutgers this year? The Scarlet Knights are 9-0 after beating No. 3 Louisville on Thursday night. It's just a special story and perhaps the No. 1 story in college football this season.

QB Mike Teel - His numbers weren't great in the 28-25 win over Louisville, but he took his team down the field for the field goal that lifted his high school/college record as a starter to 34-1. "There's something about him," says FB Brian Leonard.

RB Ray Rice - Like all star players, he rose to the occasion in the fourth quarter, when he ran for 89 of his 131 yards. He scored twice and now needs 20 yards to become the school's all-time leading single-season rushing record.

K Jeremy Ito - After a penalty gave him another chance, he kicked the winner. He also became the school's all-time field goal leader, with 48.

FB Brian Leonard - He has a big 26-yard swing pass on the winning drive and now has at least one reception in a Big East-record 43 straight games.

WR Kenny Britt - The freshman caught a 67-yarder from Teel and had two catches for 82 yards in the game.

STILL NEEDS WORK: What will Rutgers have left in its emotional tank at Cincinnati this Saturday? This will be a true test for the Cinderella story of college football's season.

ROSTER REPORT: No new injuries were reported.

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