It was a disappointing end to a season that didn’t quite live up to last year:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Art Carmody filled the one hole in his resume just in time to salvage Louisville’s disappointing season.
The record-setting kicker drilled a 33-yard field goal with 20 seconds left to lift the Cardinals to a 41-38 victory over stunned Rutgers on Thursday, upstaging the going away party of hometown kid Brian Brohm .
”I couldn’t ask for a better ending,” Carmody said. ”One of my goals when I came here was kicking a game-winning field goal. I had to come down to the last quarter, the last play.”
The senior, who set an NCAA record for career points by a kicker, had never made one like this during his career. He went out in style though, calmly drilling the ball through the uprights.
Carmody finished his career with 433 points, breaking the old record held by Houston’s Roman Anderson, who had 423 points for the Cougars from 1988-91.
Carmody’s feat wouldn’t have been possible without Brohm, who threw for 237 yards, including a 46-yard strike to Harry Douglas to put Carmody in range to win it.
”We just wanted to send everybody out the right way,” said Brohm, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another. ”We talked about regaining Papa John’s, the 20-game home winning streak, all the excitement that was in the stadium. We wanted to get it back one last time.”
The Cardinals (6-6, 3-4 Big East) got it back with a stunning comeback from 18 points down in the second half, one that was similar to the rally Rutgers (7-5, 3-4) put together to upset the Cardinals last year.
On the good side, the Scarlet Knights are bowl bound again this year:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers has accepted a bid to play in the International Bowl, marking the third consecutive season the Scarlet Knights will play in a bowl game after a nearly three-decade drought.
Rutgers will play a team from the Mid-American Conference, most likely Ball State. The Cardinals earned a share of the MAC’s West Division title with a 27-21 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday
The second International Bowl will be played on Jan. 5 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Cincinnati won the inaugural game in January, defeating Western Michigan 27-24.
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