A stellar on-ehanded catch, seven catches and 183 yards almost sent Leonte Carroo to the Senior Bowl with a smile. But then the Rutgers defense collapsed and the offense stopped moving.
Rutgers blew a 21-point lead to Maryland and spoiled its own Senior Day from High Point Solutions Stadium. Between concerns for coach Kyle Flood's job security and the official end to bowl hopes, Carroo left the locker room emotionally.
"That's what hurts me the most," Carroo said. "I'm a guy that looks to make plays for my team and I wasn't able to ultimately in the second half make enough plays to win the game. That's what hurts me the most. It was senior night. I knew I was going to come out and play well, I just wish we won the game."
Carroo did not have to voice ardent support for the coaching staff in his final season, but he remained stern in his support for Flood.
"He's the right guy for the program," Carroo said. "I've felt like that since day one ever since coach Flood took over back in 2012. When I first got here, he's the right man. He fits the team well. Guys love him. That's the right guy right there."