Rutgers Bowls Over Hoosiers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Most teams that give up 307 rushing yards to the opposing running back come up short. But for Rutgers on senior day, the Scarlet Knights overcame struggles against the run behind four rushing touchdowns of their own to become bowl eligible on senior day.

Yes, that was the same Josh Hicks that spent October at safety.

It was all celebration for Rutgers in beating Indiana 45-23, and the freshman running backs stole the show on senior night. Hicks and Robert Martin ran for four touchdowns at 6.4 yards per carry.

“If you can have a running back who has make a couple of yards after contact, now you're second and 6, instead of second and 8, and then you have a running back who can make somebody miss, now rather than first and goal at the two it's in the end zone and you never live to see that next play,” Flood said. “I think it's important. I think there was a little bit of both of that today.”

Rutgers (6-4, 2-4) found a way to bounce back from three losses, beating Indiana despite a 307-yard day for Tevin Coleman.

The victory goes a long way in silencing questions about Flood’s job status.

“When you talk about pressure, I don't know that there's anybody who does this job who doesn't put a lot of pressure on themselves,” Flood said. “We hold ourselves to very high standards every week when we come in here. We have very high expectations for our program and how we operate. So I'm not as concerned about the external. I'm not naive to it. I don't live in a bubble. But I feel really good about the support I've been given here, and I think the program feels that, and it's part of the reason why we've had success this year.”

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