By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – While Rutgers had the inside track to win the Big East outright, they stumbled the final two weeks of the season. In turn, they squandered the school’s opportunity to go to a BCS bowl for the first time in school history.
“I think following the [Louisville] game we were certainly disappointed, there’s no doubt,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “As a football program we were certainly disappointed at the outcome of the game.”
Still, Rutgers – who won a share of the Big East title for the first time in school history – is headed to the best bowl game in the program’s history as they’ve accepted a bid to play against Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
“When I got a chance to see the players today, they’re excited about the opportunity that’s ahead of us,” Flood said.
That opprounity will come Friday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.
Rutgers’ opposition in Virginia Tech finished the season 6-6 after being ranked as high as No. 13 in the country.
The Hokies are a former member of the Big East before bolting for the ACC in 2004. The schools have played each other 14 times, with Virginia Tech leading the series 11-3.
Rutgers has been to a bowl game seven of the last eight years and is tied with Mississippi State for the longest active bowl winning streak with five straight wins.