Russell Athletic Bowl
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood filled a major need in the secondary and added depth at running back, the defensive line and quarterback Wednesday.
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.
As they prepare for their 15th all-time meeting in Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers is no longer anybody’s whipping boy, while Virginia Tech is the team with something to prove following a disappointing season.
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.
Virginia Tech has been practicing for its upcoming bowl game with a special helmet decal, which was designed to remember the university’s own tragedy while honoring the lives lost in Newtown, Conn.
Rutgers landed Skai Moore in large part because Pernetti was able to do the impossible and get Rutgers out from the sinking ship that was (and is) the Big East, and into a power player in college football.