Brown Delivers In 2008 Home Finale

Everyone knows Tim Brown can make a big play in space. What happened on Thursday though, was unbelievable. Louisville had no answer for the speedster from Miami, Fl., as "Duce" accounted for 173 yards on 4 catches in the Rutgers 63-14 whitewash over the Cardinals on Thursday.

It didn't matter what Louisville did at Rutgers Stadium on Thursday. Whatever defense they played, the Scarlet Knights' offense, led by Mike Teel, found a way to score.

Everyone was expecting Kenny Britt to have a big game, and who could blame them, but it was The Tim Brown Show on prime time against the Cardinals. Brown said the receivers don't know who's going to be the top guy for the day, they just play and someone winds up making the plays.

"We don't know who's going to have the big game," Brown said. "We just go out there and play so whoever has the big game, has the big game."

At halftime, Brown already had his 173 receiving yards- trumping his previous career high by 41 yards - on just four receptions and scored two touchdowns.

"Timmy's an explosive player so if he touches it, big things happen," head coach Greg Schiano said.

His previous career high came against Pittsburgh earlier this season. It was also the last time the Knights broke the half-century mark in points.

In a game where Rutgers' offense looked like it was in the middle of a seven-on-seven drill, the best looking play of the game came with just under two minutes left in the half and the game already well in hand. Teel, faced with pressure, stepped up in the pocket and hit a racing Brown for 37 yards in the corner of the south end zone.

Brown's longest play came in the second quarter on a third-and-four, following RU's only punt of the game. On the play, Teel hit Brown on a deep ball up the Knights sideline, and he shook off a defender trying to bring him down and took it to the house for 74 yards.

"It was a great throw by Mike and great concentration by me," Brown said. "It was just a well placed ball and overall, it was a great play."

Backed deep on their own 7-yard line midway through the first quarter, Teel connected with Brown on a 40-yard pass play to bring them to the 47. Two plays later on a third-and-10, Brown hauled in a 22-yard pass, his shortest reception of the half. This would lead to the Knights second touchdown.

"It's just preparation, we worked on it all week," Brown said. "We threw that ball a couple of times during our long week off."

The win pretty much secures the Knights a bowl game and a record above .500, something that didn't look likely midway through the season. The Rutgers offense has done a complete 360 degree turn from the opener against Fresno State, and Brown said the team just needs to stay focused on the next game to continue the success.

"We just have to keep working hard, staying focused and doing what we have to do," he said.

 


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