Rutgers Accepts Invitation to Play in 2014 Quick Lane Bowl

Rutgers officially accepted an invitation to the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl on Sunday. It marks the ninth bowl appearance over the last 10 seasons for the Scarlet Knights and the 10th bowl game all-time in school history.

Rutgers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) will face North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 ACC) at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. with live television coverage on ESPN.

Rutgers and North Carolina have met six times in series history - the last time at North Carolina in 2011 (24-22 UNC victory). It marks the first time the two schools have met in a bowl and it will be Rutgers' third bowl versus an ACC opponent (2012 Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Virginia Tech; 2008 Bowl vs. NC State).

The Quick Lane Bowl will debut in 2014 and marks a new partnership between the Big Ten and the Detroit Lions.

Student Ticket Information

Rutgers will take on North Carolina in the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Mich., at Ford Field on Dec. 26. Below is information for students interested in attending.

  • Rutgers Athletics is offering FREE bowl ticket to all undergraduate New Brunswick/Piscataway students.
  • Students wishing to claim a ticket must do so by Friday, Dec. 19, by logging into their account and claiming a ticket online.
  • Students must pick up their ticket, with their Rutgers student ID, at Gate C at Ford Field on Dec. 26.
  • The first 200 students that claim a ticket (and attend the game) online to the bowl will receive free admission to the pre-game R Tailgate, provided by the RUAA Scarlet Council - Leaders of the Scarlet Experience. R Game Day will take place inside Ford Field, starting at 2 p.m. the day of the game.
  • In addition, the same 200 students will receive a special gift package, which will include a Rutgers t-shirt, Block R magnet and drawstring bag. Students can pick up their gift bag at the RAC, starting on Jan. 5.

Register for R Game Day: Bowl Edition

Quick Lane Bowl Watch Parties

In their first year as part of the Big Ten®, the Scarlet Knights are headed to a bowl game, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights in the stadium, get pumped at R Game Day: Bowl Edition, a Rutgers-only bowl event. Learn more and register today!

Rutgers Athletics is pleased to announce the official Rutgers Football watch parties for the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl, taking place on December 26th. Kickoff is 4:30pm EST. Additionally, the Rutgers University Alumni Association has put together a list of several clubs throughout the country will host watch parties. There will be special Rutgers giveaways at each watch party location. If you are looking for a place to watch the game with friends and Rutgers fans, check out one of these official Rutgers Football watch parties:

Cadillac Cantina 80 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 201-420-7070
McIntyre's Pub 213 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 732-349-0420
Mike's Courtside Bar & Grill 1 Elm Row, New Brunswick, NJ 732-455-8511
Quaker Steak & Lube 561 US Route 1, Edison, NJ 732-777-9464
Quaker Steak & Lube 1036 Cedar Bridge Ave., Brick, NJ 732-255-5823
Quaker Steak & Lube 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ 908-454-2900

For a listing of the over 20 RUAA regional clubs hosting parties around the country, click this link for a listing of events, locations, start times, food and drink specials, and other details:

Bowl History

BRONX, N.Y. - A 47-yard field goal by sophomore Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) brought RU within three with less than nine minutes remaining, but 10 unanswered points by Notre Dame iced the contest, as the Irish defeated Rutgers, 29-16, in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Rutgers saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 13-10 overtime loss to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl Friday in Orlando. The loss ended the Scarlet Knights' bowl win streak at five, which had previously been the longest active streak in the nation.
BRONX, N.Y. - Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers over Iowa State 27-13 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, 2011.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rutgers (9-4) capped off its fifth-straight bowl appearance with its fourth-consecutive bowl victory, defeating Central Florida 45-24 in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Tropicana Field.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Fitting that Rutgers would end the 2008 season with a come-from-behind win. After winning only one of their first six games, Mike Teel and the Scarlet Knights erased an 11-point second half deficit to defeat North Carolina State 29-23 in the Bowl.
TORONTO - In its third-consecutive bowl game, Rutgers pulled off another program milestone with its second-straight postseason victory as the Scarlet Knights defeated Ball State 52-30. Ray Rice had one of the finest individual outings in college football history, rushing for a career-high 280 yards and four touchdowns en route to being named the International Bowl's Most Valuable Player.
HOUSTON, Texas - Rutgers' most memorable season ended with the program's biggest milestone - the first bowl victory in the history of Scarlet Knight football.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Rutgers and Arizona State met for the second time in a bowl game, this time at Phoenix's Chase Field. The Scarlet Knights came up just short in the contest, losing 45-40 to the Sun Devils.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In its first postseason action in program history, Rutgers faced Arizona State at Giants Stadium in the inaugural Garden State Bowl in 1978.
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