Rutgers Win Sends Rutgers Bowling

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers snapped out of its funk in a big way with the 31-6 victory Saturday night against South Florida in the regular season finale. The Scarlet Knights become bowl eligible with the victory, where they are headed to the Pinstripe Bowl to face Notre Dame.

For the first time in more than a month, Rutgers was the better team on the field and the result is bowl eligibility. Senior quarterback Chas Dodd played some of his best football in the final home game of his career in the best offensive effort by a quarterback since beating Temple.

Dodd's 179 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-24 passing fueled a strong offensive day in the 31-6 win and gave the senior class one more opportunity to wear the Rutgers uniform.

"I think he's been a good decision maker in the last two games," Flood said on Dodd. "I think he's triggering the ball for the most part on time."

The Rutgers defense looked like the Rutgers defense, with by far its best showing against an FBS opponent. Rutgers (6-6, 3-5) tackled, forced turnovers and made USF quarterback Mike White look like a freshman – not a Heisman candidate.

Cornerback Gareef Glashen rattled White early with an interception. The University School quarterback logged 141 yards and an interception in a game where USF went without a touchdown.

"We knew they were going to try and run the football, and they were determined to do that," Flood said. "You know, 20 rushes, 10 yards, some of that is the negative yards in college football that come off for things like sacks."

Flood's future came into question yet again after the game, where he addressed the questions about his job security.

"It's really not something that I even think about," Flood said. "For me, right now, we've concluded our second season. We're going to our second straight bowl. We've got a very young football team. It's an exciting team to watch, even though the results are not always -- results to be excited about."




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