As Rutgers gets set to take on No. 8 Louisville, head coach Kyle Flood thinks his team’s key to victory is what has been a staple to the program.
Since 2009, Rutgers leads the nation in blocked kicks with 32. This season, they’ve scored three touchdowns on special teams with a kick return for touchdown form both Quron Pratt and Janarion Grant and a punt return for a touchdown from Grant.
To win tomorrow, Flood thinks his special teams will have to play an integral role.
“I think we’ve got to play great special teams,” Flood told Mike Francesa on “Mike’s On” on WFAN when asked what was Rutgers’ key to winning the game. “We’ve played special teams at a very high level this season. We’ve scored three touchdowns on special teams. We’ve blocked a couple kicks.
“I think if we can play great special teams, even if it doesn’t result in a touchdown or a blocked kick – and we’re going to try and do both – it will improve our drive starts. And I think a the drive start is a little bit of a hidden statistic when it comes to winning football games and I think that it will be one that we control it tomorrow and win it, it will lead to us having a better opportunity to win the game.”