Rutgers football is a bowl champion again.
The Scarlet Knights defeated Miami, 31-24, in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The win marks their first-ever triumph over the Hurricanes after 11 straight blowouts on their Big East Days and their first bowl title in nine years.
The celebration in the stands, on the field and in the locker room reflected the enthusiasm the program had for achieving this goal, and the Scarlet Knights received widespread praise from the national media.
Here is a sample:
On social networks
“I don’t care what Miami’s record was or how many guys they were missing. Rutgers beating Miami in a bowl game is a big deal for this program, which finishes with its first winning record since 2014.” — Stewart Mandel, The Athletics.
“It’s been really great to see teams like Kansas, Rutgers and Duke not only make bowl games, but win them.” — Nicole Auerbach, Athletics.
“From one generation to the next… We salute you, Greg Schiano, Kyle Monangai and the rest of Rutgers football! Proud alumni cheering on future legends from kick-off to the final kneel! What a day to be a Scarlet Knight! Rutgers Nation, are you ready?!” — Shawn Tucker, former Rutgers WR and current Vice President of Athletic Development and Assistant Athletic Director.
“Greg Schiano inherited an absolute mess at Rutgers in early 2020 after going 13-47 from 2015 to 2019. In the fourth year of his second stint, he earned his first bowl win (and season winning) since 2014. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but the 2023 season has been great for Rutgers. — Garrett Stepien, 247Sports.
“Great way for Rutgers football to end the season. Further proof that they are going in the right direction. Really happy for the players who have been in the program for 4 or 5 years. This has not been easy. Excellent basic item to start next season. #SeasonBowl #Rutgers» — former Rutgers QB, current radio analyst Mike Teel.
“Yes, Rutgers football beats Miami 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl. This is the first win against Miami as the Scarlet Knights had lost 11 in a row to the Canes. Coach Greg Schiano asks Rutgers to play with PRIDE & PASSION.” — Former Rutgers basketball assistant, current ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale.
“Kyle Monangai, the leader of the Big Ten, devoured the Hurricanes on the ground. He rushed 25 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Rutgers finished with 208 rushing yards as a team – the second time an opponent ran for more than 200 against the Hurricanes this season.
Miami did not allow a team to rush for more than 100 yards until North Carolina finally broke through in the sixth game. Five of Miami’s last six opponents have eclipsed the 100-yard mark. — The Athletic’s Manny Navarro.
“Losing the bowl encourages the predictable outcry on social media from Cristobal detractors who had funny memes roaring online as the final whistle blew. Theme: You lose to… RUTGERS!?!? As if it’s a major shock or cause for outrage that a 6-6 team would beat a 7-5 team without its starting quarterback and at least six other key starters.
Rational hopes that Cristobal can turn around the program and reignite new glory days are rooted in six consecutive top national recruiting classes, with the ’24 class ranked No. 1 in the ACC. A bowl victory would have been the icing on the cake, another sign of progress, if only symbolically.
Especially because losing to 6-6 Rutgers, all teams, is a special ignominy, because it symbolizes how far UM has strayed from the program that won five national championships, the last in 2001.
Before that, UM was 11-0 against Rutgers by an outrageous average margin of 46-10. The 11 meetings took place between 1993 and 2003, when both played in the Big East and UM was ranked seven times. — Greg Cote of the Miami Herald.
“Miami’s defense struggled to stop Rutgers’ offensive attack early in the game, giving up 153 yards on the Scarlet Knights’ first three drives.
But the Hurricanes bounced back, forcing punts on the next three drives before giving up another rushing touchdown to Monangai.
Miami entered the game with the nation’s No. 10 defense, but ultimately gave up 208 rushing yards, which was the second-most total they had given up all year. UM’s 292 total yards given up was the fifth best game, in terms of yards, for the Hurricanes defense this season. — Adam Lichtenstein of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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