"It's great; I couldn't write a better script than the way today went," Underwood said. "Going from where we came from to being 7-5 is just great for us."
When Underwood went out when his name was announced with the rest of the seniors, the moment got to him a little bit, but once the game started, he put those emotions to the side and focused on the game.
"I got a little emotional with Coach Schiano with it being the last time I'm going to come out of the tunnel," he said. "You get past and have a game to play, and we just went out and played good football today."
The Cardinals had no answer for fifth-year senior Mike Teel, who threw for a school record 447 yards and seven touchdowns. Underwood said the offense has been like a wave and they've just been riding it, and he couldn't be happier to see Teel turn his season around.
"It's been clicking and we've been playing Rutgers Football," he said. "I can't even put it into words the way he's been playing, it's a tribute to him. We never gave up on him."
"I'm happy this happened for him because he deserved it."
Back when the Knights were 1-5, Underwood said Schiano told the team not to try and win six games all at once, but to take each game as a one-game season.
"Actually, after the slow start, Coach Schiano told us that we were just
going to focus on each
game and make it a one-game season," he said. "Ever since we've been doing that it's been working out for us."
Underwood is glad the team clinched a bowl bid because it guarantees him one more game to wear the scarlet.
"We're just happy to be in a bowl," he said. "After the way we started until now, it's just another opportunity to play another game."
So for now, he's focused on that final game, and not yet reminiscing about the past.
"We still have work to do and have another game in front of us," he said.