|Rutgers accepts invitation to play in International Bowl|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 29 November 2007 19:11|
Rutgers will play a team from the Mid-American Conference, most likely Ball State. The Cardinals earned a share of the MAC's West Division title with a 27-21 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday.
The Scarlet Knights lost 41-38 at Louisville on Thursday night, dropping to 7-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big East.
The second International Bowl will be played on Jan. 5 at Toronto's Rogers Centre. Cincinnati won the inaugural game in January, defeating Western Michigan 27-24.
``We're thrilled to accept this invitation to play in the International Bowl and I know our team is excited about the opportunity to play in a bowl game for the third consecutive year,'' Rutgers athletic director Robert E. Mulcahy III said.
Last year, Rutgers won the first bowl game in the program's 137-year history, defeating Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl. The previous year the Scarlet Knights lost 45-40 to Arizona State in the Insight Bowl.
The program's only other appearance in a bowl game was in 1978.
Rutgers had high hopes entering this season after finishing 11-2 a year ago and missing a BCS berth only after a triple-overtime loss to West Virginia. But consecutive losses to Maryland and Cincinnati in October knocked the Scarlet Knights out of the Top 25.
Subsequent losses to West Virginia and Connecticut dashed any hopes of a Big East title.