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Teel throws six TDs as Rutgers shocks Pittsburgh

Oct 26, 2008 - 2:08 AM PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- It might have been the unlikeliest performance of the season, but Rutgers will not be complaining.

Mike Teel, who has struggled all year, tossed a school-record six touchdowns Saturday - five in the first half - as the Scarlet Knights upset 20th-ranked Pittsburgh, 54-34, in a Big East Conference stunner.

Teel broke Rich Policastro's school record of five touchdowns against Colgate in 1969 and matched by Mike McMahon on September 2, 2000 against Villanova. He fell one shy of the Big East mark set by Pittsburgh's Pete Gonzalez in 1997.

Teel completed only 14-of-21 passes, but threw for 361 yards in helping Rutgers (3-5, 2-2 Big East) win its second straight following last week's 12-10 victory over Connecticut.

Pittsburgh quarterback Bill Stull suffered an apparent neck injury when he collided with the back of teammate LeSean McCoy while attempting a pass in the third quarter.

Stull lay motionless on the field for 10 minutes before being carted off the field on a stretcher. The school said he would spend the night at a campus hospital for precautionary reasons.

Few could have anticipated the way Teel picked apart Pittsburgh's secondary as he came into Saturday with just three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Also, Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1) entered the game ranked 10th in the Football Bowl Subdivision against the pass.

But at least on this day, the New Jersey native performed like a Heisman Trophy candidate. He was on fire in the first half, passing for 311 yards. The Scarlet Knights scored on the first play of a drive three times.

It was quite a turnaround for Teel, whose frustration boiled over when he threw a punch at teammate Glen Lee in the final seconds of waning seconds of Rutgers' 23-21 loss to Navy on September 20.

But the Scarlet Knights were able to build on last week's victory as they try to keep alive hopes for a winning season following a 1-5 start.

Teel tossed a 79-yard TD pass to Kenny Britt, giving the Scarlet Knights a 14-7 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter, and Rutgers never looked back.

Pittsburgh closed within 34-24 at the half on Connor Lee's 43-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the second quarter, then pulled within a field goal on McCoy's 1-yard TD run with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

McCoy kept Pittsburgh in the contest by rushing for 146 yards and four touchdowns.

But the Panthers could not get their defense off the field, as Rutgers put away the game over the next 7 1/2 minutes. The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to 48-31 on Teel's 36-yard TD pass to Tim Brown and Kordell's 8-yard TD run.

Britt (five receptions for 143 yards and three TDs) and Brown (three catches for 132 yards and two scores) each surpassed the century mark in receiving yards.

The 54 points was the highest total for the Scarlet Knights against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 59-0 win over Buffalo on September 9, 2000.

It was the most points allowed by Pittsburgh since a 60-6 loss to Notre Dame in 1996, Johnny Majors' final game as Panthers' coach.






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  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    RUTGERS 14 20 14 6 54
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 17 7 3 34 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PITTSBURGH - TD, LESEAN MCCOY 33 YD RUN (CONOR
    LEE KICK), 1:24. PITTSBURGH
    7-0
    RUTGERS - TD, TIM BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM MIKE
    TEEL (SAN SAN TE KICK), 2:19.
    RUTGERS 7-7
    RUTGERS - TD, KENNY BRITT 79 YD PA

    Oct 25 6:57 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KORDELL YOUNG 4 YD RUN
    (PAT BLOCKED)
    RUTGERS 54
    PITTSBURGH (17) 34 5:26 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Rutgers 54, Pittsburgh(23) 34  4th - 5:26Oct 25 6:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG PITTSBURGH
    CONOR LEE 40 YD
    RUTGERS 48
    PITTSBURGH (17) 34 11:16 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Rutgers 48, Pittsburgh(23) 34  4th - 11:16Oct 25 6:27 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    RUTGERS 14 20 14 48
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 17 7 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PITTSBURGH - TD, LESEAN MCCOY 33 YD RUN (CONOR
    LEE KICK), 1:24. PITTSBURGH
    7-0
    RUTGERS - TD, TIM BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM MIKE
    TEEL (SAN SAN TE KICK), 2:19.
    RUTGERS 7-7
    RUTGERS - TD, KENN

    Oct 25 6:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KORDELL YOUNG 8 YD RUN
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 48
    PITTSBURGH (17) 31 0:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rutgers 48, Pittsburgh(23) 31  3rd - 0:31Oct 25 6:14 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    TIM BROWN 36 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 41
    PITTSBURGH (17) 31 7:37 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rutgers 41, Pittsburgh(23) 31  3rd - 7:37Oct 25 5:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PITTSBURGH
    LESEAN MCCOY 1 YD RUN
    (CONOR LEE KICK)
    RUTGERS 34
    PITTSBURGH (17) 31 8:58 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rutgers 34, Pittsburgh(23) 31  3rd - 8:58Oct 25 5:41 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    RUTGERS 14 20 34
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 17 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PITTSBURGH - TD, LESEAN MCCOY 33 YD RUN (CONOR
    LEE KICK), 1:24. PITTSBURGH
    7-0
    RUTGERS - TD, TIM BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM MIKE
    TEEL (SAN SAN TE KICK), 2:19.
    RUTGERS 7-7
    RUTGERS - TD, KENNY BRITT

    Oct 25 5:05 PM
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  • NCAAF
    FG PITTSBURGH
    CONOR LEE 43 YD
    RUTGERS 34
    PITTSBURGH (17) 24 1:14 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 34, Pittsburgh(23) 24  2nd - 1:14Oct 25 4:57 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KEVIN BROCK 4 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 34
    PITTSBURGH (17) 21 5:26 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 34, Pittsburgh(23) 21  2nd - 5:26Oct 25 4:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PITTSBURGH
    LESEAN MCCOY 1 YD RUN
    (CONOR LEE KICK)
    RUTGERS 27
    PITTSBURGH (17) 21 8:45 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 27, Pittsburgh(23) 21  2nd - 8:45Oct 25 4:37 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KENNY BRITT 26 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 27
    PITTSBURGH (17) 14 10:34 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 27, Pittsburgh(23) 14  2nd - 10:34Oct 25 4:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PITTSBURGH
    LESEAN MCCOY 22 YD RUN
    (CONOR LEE KICK)
    RUTGERS 20
    PITTSBURGH (17) 14 12:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 20, Pittsburgh(23) 14  2nd - 12:53Oct 25 4:23 PM
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  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KENNY BRITT 7 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (PAT BLOCKED)
    RUTGERS 20
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 14:04 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rutgers 20, Pittsburgh(23) 7  2nd - 14:04Oct 25 4:19 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    RUTGERS 14 14
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PITTSBURGH - TD, LESEAN MCCOY 33 YD RUN (CONOR
    LEE KICK), 1:24. PITTSBURGH
    7-0
    RUTGERS - TD, TIM BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM MIKE
    TEEL (SAN SAN TE KICK), 2:19.
    RUTGERS 7-7
    RUTGERS - TD, KENN

    Oct 25 4:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    KENNY BRITT 79 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 14
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 6:09 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Rutgers 14, Pittsburgh(23) 7  1st - 6:09Oct 25 3:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD RUTGERS
    TIM BROWN 60 YD PASS FROM MIKE TEEL
    (SAN SAN TE KICK)
    RUTGERS 7
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 12:41 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Rutgers 7, Pittsburgh(23) 7  1st - 12:41Oct 25 3:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD PITTSBURGH
    LESEAN MCCOY 33 YD RUN
    (CONOR LEE KICK)
    RUTGERS 0
    PITTSBURGH (17) 7 13:36 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Rutgers 0, Pittsburgh(23) 7  1st - 13:36Oct 25 3:39 PM
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