In a offensive challenged game, the Hokies came back from a 10-0 4th quarter deficit to defeat Rutgers 13-10 in overtime to win the Russell Athletic Bowl in front of 48,127 at the Citrus Bowl. “Not everything in life is real smooth,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. “These players worked hard and how they reacted to adversity and to disappointment and when all of them wanted to do better — they kept together.
Rutgers was going for its first 10 win season since 2006.The loss ended a run of five straight bowl victories for the Scarlet Knights. The Hokies win salvaged a winning season and also was the Hokies’ 12th straight victory against their former Big East Conference rival.
The game was the lowest scoring the bowl’s history. It surpassed Stanford’s 24-3 win over Penn State in 1993. …The game also set a bowl record with 20 punts, passing the previous record of 19 in the 1991 matchup between Alabama and Colorado. Hokies Corner Back Logan Exum who got the interception in the 4th that started the Hokies comeback was named bowl game mvp.
Here below is postgame press conferences following the game.
Rutgers Postgame : Head Coach Kyle Flood and LB Khaseem Greene.
Virginia Tech Postgame : Head Coach Frank Beamer, CB Antone Exum, and QB Logan Thomas