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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Rutgers to Russell Athletic Bowl

By Andrea Adelson

Rutgers is headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl to play Virginia Tech at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The Scarlet Knights (9-3, 5-2 Big) head to an Orlando bowl for the first time in school history. They have a five-game bowl winning streak, tied for the nation’s longest. Rutgers has played in seven bowls in the past eight years and this will be its eighth bowl all-time. The co-Big East champions enter the game looking for their first double-digit win season since 2006, when it went 11-2.

“After winning a share of the Big East championship for the first time in school history, it is a great reward for our football family to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in beautiful Orlando,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said in a statement. “We are excited to continue our season against an ACC opponent in one of the best destinations to be in during bowl season.”

Rutgers missed out on a shot to play in a BCS game after losing to Louisville last week at home. The Scarlet Knights will take on their ACC opponent Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. The opponent for the game will be announced later tonight.