ORONTO, Ontario - For the first time in school history, Rutgers will appear in a bowl game for the third consecutive season as the Scarlet Knights officially accepted a bid to the International Bowl Thursday. Rutgers will face a Mid-American Conference opponent, January 5, 2008 at Rogers Centre in Toronto with live television coverage on ESPN2.
"Rutgers is a great addition to our game," International Bowl Executive Director Ken Hoffman remarked. "We're proud to have such a celebrated school add to the history of the International Bowl. They have a large alumni following and will bring many fans into the city for bowl week."
The Scarlet Knights (7-4, 3-3 BIG EAST) close out the regular season tonight at Louisville. With a win over the Cardinals and a victory in the International Bowl, Rutgers could finish with 20 victories combined over the last two seasons. Two victories to close out the 2007 season would also give the Scarlet Knights an average of nine victories per season over the last three years.
"We're thrilled to accept this invitation to play in the International Bowl and I know our team is excited about the opportunity to play in a bowl game for the third consecutive year," said Rutgers Athletic Director Robert E. Mulcahy III. "Toronto is a wonderful city and our alumni and fans are sure to have a great time there."
The International Bowl is the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision game played outside of the United States. This year the game kicks off at noon on Saturday, January 5, 2008.
Tickets are available online (RutgersBowl.com), by phone (1-866-445-GORU) and in-person at the Rutgers Ticket Office. Tickets are priced at $40. Travel information will be available soon at RutgersBowl.com.
The International Bowl website is located at www.internationalbowl.org.