PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 2, 2012) – Rutgers, the 2012 BIG EAST Champions, has officially accepted a bid to play Virginia Tech in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is set between the Scarlet Knights and Hokies on Friday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. from the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 BIG EAST), which has won five consecutive bowls, is making its eighth bowl appearance in school history. The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 all-time in bowl games and will be playing in their seventh bowl in the last eight years. The Scarlet Knights own the nation’s longest active bowl winning streak at five along with Mississippi State.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the Russell Athletic Bowl and we thank the great people at Florida Citrus Sports for the invitation," said Tim Pernetti, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "Orlando is an easily accessible, phenomenal bowl destination which will offer our fans, student-athletes, staff and guests a host of activities, events, and top-notch hospitality."
ESPN will televise the Russell Athletic Bowl while ESPN Radio has the national radio broadcast rights to the bowl. The Rutgers Radio Network begins pre-game coverage of the Russell Athletic Bowl at 4:30 p.m.
“After winning a share of the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in school history, it is great reward for our football family to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in beautiful Orlando,” said Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood. “We are excited to continue our season against Virginia Tech in one of the best destinations to be in during bowl season.”
Rutgers and Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) meet for the 15th time in series history in Orlando. The one-time BIG EAST rivals played 12 times as conference members from 1992-2003 with Virginia Tech going 11-1. The lone win in BIG EAST play for Rutgers came in 1992 – a thrilling 50-49 victory that still ranks as one of the most memorable victories in school history. Rutgers won the first three games of the series (1920, 1953, 1992), but Virginia Tech has won the last 11 games in series play.
The last time RU played an ACC team in a bowl was the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl against NC State. Rutgers earned a 29-23 victory over the Wolfpack.
Rutgers fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets through Rutgers for the best seating options available for the game. Tickets for the Russell Athletic Bowl are available online (http://RutgersBowl.com), by phone (1-866-455-GORU) and in-person at the Rutgers Ticket Office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $72-77.
All seats will be allocated in Priority Point order. The deadline to place an order to qualify for the Priority Point process is December 7. All orders placed after that date will receive best available remaining inventory.
For every bowl ticket purchased, one (1) bonus Priority Point will be awarded. These bonus priority points will be added to totals helping to determine 2013 football seating/parking and 2013-14 basketball seating/parking, as well as 2013 postseason ticket availability and access to other limited events. Please note, bonus points will not carry over and will reset following the priority point deadline of June 30.
Travel packages are also available to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Travel on the official Rutgers bowl tour down to Orlando and be a part of all of the bowl action. ScarletKnightsFanTravel.com has official Rutgers bowl travel packages that include the official Rutgers alumni / fan hotel, round-trip game transfers, official Rutgers pre-game party, and more. Visit www.ScarletKnightsFanTravel.com now to register or call 1-877-701-3296.
Rutgers Bowl History
Bowl (Location) Result Date
2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.) Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13 12/30/11
2009 St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Rutgers 45, UCF 24 12/19/09
2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) Rutgers 29, NC State 23 12/29/08
2008 International Bowl (Toronto, Ontario) Rutgers 52, Ball State 30 1/5/08
2006 Texas Bowl (Houston, Texas) Rutgers 37, Kansas State 10 12/28/06
2005 Insight Bowl (Phoenix, Ariz.) Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40 12/27/05
1978 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, N.J.) Arizona State 34, Rutgers 18 12/6/78