Mike Teel passed for 319 yards and Rutgers capped its comeback season with another rally, defeating North Carolina State 29-23 in the Papajohns.com Bowl on Monday.
Teel threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with 8:30 to play for what proved to be the winning touchdown. Britt made a juggling catch as he crossed the goal line.
Britt, a third-team All-American, caught six passes for 119 yards, and Teel was the game's most valuable player.
The Scarlet Knights (8-5) began the season 1-5, but finished with a seven-game winning streak.
N.C. State (6-7) held a 17-6 halftime, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, who was 11-for-23 for 186 yards and a score. But Wilson left the game with a strained knee late in the first half and did not return.
ALABAMA: All-America left tackle Andre Smith has been suspended from the Sugar Bowl for violating team rules, possibly signaling an end to the Outland Trophy winner's college career.
MIAMI: Patrick Nix was fired after two seasons as Miami's offensive coordinator, the first significant shakeup to the Hurricanes this offseason.
UTAH: Coach Kyle Whittingham signed a five-year contract extension worth $6 million, a reward for leading the Utes to a perfect regular season and BCS bid.
No. 7 Utah (12-0) is the only major college unbeaten team heading into Friday night's Sugar Bowl against No. 4 Alabama.