Louisville gets BCS bowl bid

Posted: November 30, 2012

TEDDY Bridgewater came off the bench to throw two-second half touchdown passes, and John Wallace kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:41 left to send Louisville to a BCS bowl with a 20-17 victory against Rutgers on Thursday night.

Bridgewater came into the game in the second quarter. Last week, he broke his left, nonthrowing, wrist and sprained his right ankle in a loss to Connecticut.

The Cardinals (10-2, 5-2), who announced Wednesday they are leaving for the ACC, will be going to a BCS bowl for the second time, first since 2006.

Louisville will share the Big East title with Rutgers (9-3, 5-2), Syracuse and possibly even Cincinnati, but the BCS bid will be theirs. The BCS standings are used to break ties and Louisville has the best overall conference record.

Gary Nova threw two touchdowns for Rutgers, which is headed to the Big Ten.

Noteworthy * 

Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu announced he is entering the 2013 NFL draft.

The 20-year-old Mathieu, known as the "Honey Badger," was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue. He was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program.

Mathieu is enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.

* The NCAA approved Georgia Tech's bowl waiver, allowing the Yellow Jackets to play in a bowl game even if they lose to Florida State on Saturday and finish 6-7.

Georgia Tech had filed a waiver after the NCAA board of directors passed a rule last summer, prohibiting bowls from picking a 6-7 team over an eligible 6-6 team.

* Southern Mississippi agreed to be the visiting team against Nebraska on Sept. 7 in exchange for $2.1 million. The Golden Eagles were scheduled to host the Cornhuskers.

In other news, Nebraska and Oklahoma announced they will renew their rivalry for two seasons. The teams last played in 2000.

The schools signed a contract that will have the Cornhuskers and Sooners play in 2021 in Norman, Okla., and in 2022 in Lincoln, Neb.

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