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WVU outlasts Rutgers in 3 OT thriller; Louisville gets Big East BCS bid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Given extra chances on a championship
stage, Rutgers couldn't finish the job.

No. 15 West Virginia knocked down Mike Teel's 2-point conversion
pass in the end zone to preserve the Mountaineers' 41-39
triple-overtime win over No. 13 Rutgers on Saturday night, denying
the Scarlet Knights their first BCS berth and handing Louisville
the Big East's automatic bid as conference champion.

"There's a lot of hurt in there," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano
said. "There are a lot of sad young men. They have invested a lot
in this season and in this week and in this game. Emotionally and
physically, it's just sad."

Jarrett Brown ran for one touchdown and threw the go-ahead score
in triple overtime to help West Virginia (10-2, 5-2 Big East) cap
its second straight 10-win season. Brown started for Pat White, who
missed the game because of a sore ankle.

Brown, a sophomore, finished 14-of-29 for 244 yards in his first
extensive play.

"We have every confidence in Jarrett Brown," West Virginia
coach Rich Rodriguez said. "He did a great job of using the
opportunity he was given. I'm really proud of Jarrett and the way
he kept his composure."

The ending was a peculiar finish to an improbable regular season
for Rutgers (10-2, 5-2). A loser for so long, the Scarlet Knights
started 9-0 before being upset at Cincinnati, then rebounded by
beating Syracuse to set the stage for what would have been a
historic win against WVU.

But while Rutgers produced its best season since going 11-0 in
1976, it wasn't enough to get the BCS berth the Scarlet Knights
were hoping for.

Rutgers now could have to settle for the Texas Bowl. The Scarlet
Knights dropped to 0-15 in Morgantown, dating to 1920.

"They have nothing to be ashamed of," Schiano said. "They
played their hearts out."

West Virginia, which began the season with national championship
aspirations, is headed to either the Gator or Sun bowls. The Gator
notified the Big 12 that it will wait until Sunday to choose a team
from the Big East or the Big 12. The Sun Bowl has the next choice
after the Gator.

A month ago, the Mountaineers were third in the BCS standings
before a Nov. 2 loss to Louisville dashed their national title
hopes, then their BCS chances were lost with a shocking loss at
home to South Florida.


"This football team has been through a lot this year, a little
adversity," Rodriguez said. "You know we didn't play very well at
times [Saturday], but nobody panicked."

Starting with the third overtime, teams are required to go for
2-point conversions following touchdowns. Brown hit Brandon Myles
across the middle from 22 yards out for the go-ahead score against
No. 13 Rutgers (10-2, 5-2), then found Dorrell Jalloh with a
2-point pass for a 41-33 lead.

Rutgers' Ray Rice then scored from 2 yards out. On the 2-point
try, Teel scrambled to his right and threw toward Rice but Vaughn
Rivers broke up the pass and several thousand fans in the sellout
crowd ran onto the field in celebration.

Rice carried 25 times for 129 yards, including 90 yards after
halftime. Teel completed 19-of-26 passes for 278 yards and made
West Virginia's secondary look susceptible for the second straight
game.

"Tonight, they made one more play than us," Teel said. "You
felt that whoever had the ball last was going to have a chance to
win the game. And we had a chance, but they made the play. We
didn't."

No. 6 Louisville beat Connecticut 48-17 earlier Saturday, then
waited for the Rutgers-West Virginia result.

It took awhile longer than expected.

Rutgers came from 10 points down for a 23-20 lead late in the
fourth quarter on Jeremy Ito's 31-yard field goal. West Virginia's
Pat McAfee kicked a 30-yarder with 53 seconds left to tie it at 23.

Both kickers made field goals in the first overtime.

In the second overtime, Rice's 12-yard run set up Leonard's
2-yard touchdown run and gave the Scarlet Knights their first lead
since early in the third quarter.

Brown then found Myles with a 19-yard pass to the 1 on third
down and Steve Slaton scored on the next play to tie the score at
33-33.

Slaton bounced back from his worst game of the season with 112
yards on 23 carries, including a pair of 1-yard TD runs. Without
White, the nation's No. 2 rushing team was held to 195 yards on the
ground.