Rutgers’ regular-season ended with the Scarlet Knights thinking about what might have been after they lost a BCS bowl berth with consecutive losses. They will have to have to wait a little longer to completely wash away that bitter feeling.
Though a 20-17 loss to Louisville in the finale dashed the Scarlet Knights’ hopes for the program’s first BCS berth, the consolation prize of the Russell Athletic Bowl presents coach Kyle Flood and his players with an opportunity to add another accomplishment.
Rutgers, which could have clinched its first-ever BCS Bowl berth last week if they had showed up in Pittsburgh, blew their chance for redemption despite having everything set up perfectly for a momentous “Knight.”
Banged-up 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 the BCS with a 20-17 victory against Rutgers on Thursday night.
The feel around this game should be like 2006, when the Scarlet Knights upset the Cardinals, then the No. 3 team in the nation. Now, on Thursday night, Rutgers needs that same special moment created by the best atmosphere in program history.
Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a score for the Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Big East), who kept their hopes for bowl eligibility alive while drumming the Scarlet Knights.
Savon Huggins ran for a career-high 179 yards as Rutgers defeated Cincinnati and improved to 9-1.
Rutgers Loses Undefeated Record In Shock Upset To Kent State Nova Throws 6 Interceptions In Loss
For the first time since 1869 – OK, OK, for the first time in the past six years, Rutgers might finally be reaching their potential among the best teams in college football.
Gary Nova’s career day came at exactly the right time for a Rutgers team eager to prove it belongs among the country’s best.
The defining moment from Thursday night’s Rutgers win was a little moment away from the field, when head coach Kyle Flood showed that he was the right man for the job — that would be the job of winning games and molding boys into men.
A sophomore out of New Jersey high school football power Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, Nova has enjoyed a strong training camp, hitting 22 of 32 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in two scrimmages.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads needs to look no further than across the field at Yankee Stadium to find an example of a program that has gone from a longtime loser to a consistent winner.
Army and Rutgers are set to renew their rivalry at Yankee Stadium on Saturday with the Scarlet Knights try to improve their bowl position.
Rutgers and Louisville are strikingly similar except for one essential item: Wins.
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