By Matt Sugam
Kyle Flood isn’t naive to the history. He’s well aware that Rutgers hasn’t fared well against Virginia Tech, with the Hokies leading the all-time series 11-3.
But Flood isn’t worried about what happened in past games. With Virginia Tech bolting for the ACC in 2004 and Flood joining Rutgers’ staff as an offensive line coach in 2005, this will be his first game coaching against the Hokies.
“I’m aware of the struggles, but again, I was not here, nor was anyone on the staff and the players certainly weren’t,” Flood said at his post-practice press conference. “So I don’t think that that will have any affect on the game.”
Which is also why Flood doesn’t see this as a statement game for his program. Sure, Rutgers has made it’s most significant strides in school history since 2004, but beating Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl won’t send a message around the country.
“I don’t think statement victories – I don’t know if those kind of expressions really fit,” Flood said. “I know this. If we’re able to be 1-0 this week, we’ll be able to evaluate the entire season, not just the regular season and with 1-0 this week we’ll be able to do something that hasn’t been done very often here.”
Have a ten win season. Which would only be the third in Rutgers’ history.
And so, the body of work of the season would make a statement. Not just one game.
“It’s only been done twice before and I think that will make a statement and the statement would be that this is a special football team,” Flood said. “And I’ve believed that all along.”