Scores

Final

Rutgers 54

(3-5, 2-2 Big Ten)

(17) Pittsburgh 34

(5-2, 2-1 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

1 2 3 4 T
RUTG 14 20 14 654
#17PITT 7 17 7 334

Top Performers

Passing: M. Teel (RUTG) - 361 YDS, 6 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. McCoy (PITT) - 26 CAR, 146 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: K. Britt (RUTG) - 5 REC, 143 YDS, 3 TD

Teel throws for school-record six TD passes as Rutgers crushes No. 17 Pitt

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- On its second play, Rutgers found the offense that was missing all season. Nationally ranked Pittsburgh? The No. 17 Panthers haven't played so poorly on defense since the second Johnny Majors era a dozen years ago.

Mike Teel, booed at times by his own fans this season, threw five of his school-record six touchdown passes in the first half and Rutgers came out throwing to confound Pittsburgh's previously reliable defense during a stunningly easy 54-34 victory Saturday.

Fast Facts

• Rutgers QB Mike Teel had a career-high six touchdown passes, double what he had amassed so far this season. That also broke the school record for scoring passes in a game, set in 1969.

• LeSean McCoy rushed for 146 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the loss, the third time this season and sixth in his career he's scored three or more touchdowns in a game.

• Rutgers has won four straight meetings against Pittsburgh.

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Teel, a senior who had only three touchdown passes in seven games, found Kenny Britt on scoring plays of 79, 7 and 26 yards and Tim Brown for 60 and 36 yards, all against what was the Big East's top-ranked and nation's 10th-rated pass defense.

"It makes you wonder where it's been all year," Teel said.

Or where it's been for 20 years -- Rutgers hadn't beaten a ranked opponent on the road since a 21-16 win over then-No. 15 Penn State on Sept. 24, 1988.

Pitt hadn't allowed so many points since a 60-6 loss to Notre Dame in 1996, the final year of Majors' second turn as coach, or so many at home since Virginia Tech and Ohio State scored 63 on successive weeks in 1993, Majors' first year back.

"Coming into the game, I thought this was going to be a 17-10 game one way or the other," said fourth-year Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, whose team hadn't lost since being upset 27-17 by Bowling Green in its opener. "It's the most disappointing defensive performance we've had since I've been here."

Teel hit Brown for the 60-yard score on Rutgers' first possession and, about six minutes later, Britt for 79 yards as the Pitt defenders constantly were confused by play-action throws with Teel on the move. All of Britt's TDs came in the first half as the Scarlet Knights opened a 34-24 halftime lead.

"I think the first series was the turning point, we had a chance to make a play and we finally made it," Teel said. "It's been an overthrow here, a missed block there all season but we finally put it all together."

Brown's 36-yard TD catch made it 41-31 and came one play after Aaron Berry's fumbled punt midway through the third quarter. LeSean McCoy's fourth touchdown run had put Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 in Big East) within a field goal of tying it at 34-31.

On Pitt's next possession, quarterback Bill Stull's neck snapped backward as he was hurried by defensive back David Row on an incompletion and struck McCoy in the back. Stull lay motionless for several minutes as players from both teams knelt in front of their benches, but he flashed a thumbs-up while leaving on a stretcher.

Tests revealed no injuries, though Stull planned to stay overnight in a Pittsburgh hospital for precautionary reasons.

"It looks like he's going to be fine," Wannstedt said.

Pat Bostick took over to drive Pitt to the 17, only to throw an interception that Kevin Malast returned 74 yards to the 17. Kordell Young went on to score from the 8, and Young later added a 4-yard TD run.

Rutgers (3-5, 2-2) scored within the first three plays of a drive five times, three times on the first play, after being held to 17 points or fewer five times during its first seven games. The Scarlet Knights may have picked up on some bad habits by Pitt's defensive backs last week during a 42-21 romp at Navy, which threw only eight times.

"I've been there myself. You get ready for Navy and now, all of a sudden, you win that game and you've got to get ready for a traditional offense," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "It's not easy."

Teel made it look easy, going 14-of-21 for 361 yards while breaking the previous Rutgers record of five TD passes held by two others. He began going after defensive backs Jovani Chappel and Eric Thatcher immediately after McCoy scored on a 33-yard run on the third play from scrimmage, throwing for 321 yards in the first half.

Britt finished with five catches for 143 yards and Brown four for 132 as both took advantage of man-to-man coverage.

"You can't look at anybody else. You can't look at the linebackers, you can't look at the coaches, you have to look at the four guys in the secondary," Thatcher said. "We need to be able to cover people."

Britt said Teel's teammates sensed a difference in him following a 12-10 win over Connecticut last week in which the quarterback drew some boos.

"If we were at home, I would have got ran out of the stadium," Teel of throwing an interception that proved insignificant.

Pittsburgh was denied its first six-game winning streak since the end of the 2001 season and failed to stay ahead of West Virginia (5-2, 2-0) and Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0) in a now-jumbled Big East race. Rutgers beat the Panthers for a fourth consecutive season and won in successive visits to Pittsburgh for the first time.

McCoy ran for 146 yards and his four scoring runs gave him 28 TDs in his first two seasons, four more than former Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett during his freshman and sophomore years in 1973-74.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RUTG
PITT
1st Downs2020
Total Yards442486
Passing371348
Rushing71138
Penalties8-604-46
3rd Down Conversions5-104-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers12
Possession27:1332:47

Passing Leaders

RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Teel14/2136117.261
PittsburghC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stull17/2328312.300

Rushing Leaders

RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young20834.229
Brooks199.009
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy261465.6433
Stephens-Howling3134.309

Receiving Leaders

RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Britt514328.6379
Brown413233.0260
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTDLG
Porter410927.3064
Baldwin58116.2041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRUTGPITT
TD13:36Lesean Mccoy 33 Yd Run (Conor Lee Kick) 07
TD12:41Tim Brown 60 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 77
TD06:09Kenny Britt 79 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERRUTGPITT
TD14:04Kenny Britt 7 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (Pat Blocked) 207
TD12:53Lesean Mccoy 22 Yd Run (Conor Lee Kick) 2014
TD10:34Kenny Britt 26 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 2714
TD08:45Lesean Mccoy 1 Yd Run (Conor Lee Kick) 2721
TD05:26Kevin Brock 3 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 3421
FG01:14Conor Lee 43 Yd 3424
THIRD QUARTERRUTGPITT
TD08:58Lesean Mccoy 1 Yd Run (Conor Lee Kick) 3431
TD07:37Tim Brown 36 Yd Pass From Mike Teel (San San Te Kick) 4131
TD00:31Kordell Young 8 Yd Run (San San Te Kick) 4831
FOURTH QUARTERRUTGPITT
FG11:16Conor Lee 40 Yd 4834
TD05:26Kordell Young 4 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 5434