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ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
St. Petersburg Bowl History
Rutgers Rutgers (8-4)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
UCF UCF (8-4)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Date: Saturday, December 19
Time: 8:00 pm EST
TV: ESPN

Game Preview

by Mike Mitchell

The Scarlet Knights meet the Golden Knights. Sounds more like a jousting tournament.

The 2nd edition of this postseason affair features a pair of teams that went 8-4 after the inaugural game hosted USF (7-5) and Memphis (6-6). Despite drawing the local Bulls to last year's game, the bowl fell far short of sell-out status. Perhaps, UCF fans will be more eager to make the short trek from Orlando. If not, the presence of Rutgers should be a benefit.

This game is played at Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays.

UCF is playing in its third bowl game since becoming a 1-A (FBS) football program in 1996. Including this season, the Golden Knights have played in a bowl in each of the last three odd-numbered years.

Rutgers is making just its sixth bowl appearance in its 140-year history, but is on a 5-year bowl streak. The Scarlet Knights have emerged victorious in their last three postseason games to improve their overall bowl record to 3-2. UCF (0-2) is looking for its first-ever bowl victory.

The Golden Knights finished 2nd in CUSA's east division with a 6-2 league mark. Rutgers was 4th in the Big East, winning just 3 of its 7 conference games.

UCF made it this far with a great deal of thanks owed to a run defense that allowed just 990 yards all season. THat unit held eight opponents to no more than 86 yards on the ground to rank No. 4 nationally in that department. The pass defense, however, ranks 112th.

UCF's offense ranks just 84th nationally, 10th in the 12-team CUSA, despite having a 1,000-yard runner in sophomore Brynn Harvey (1,077 yards, 14 TD's).

Statistically, Rutgers is fairly similar. The offense ranks 99th overall, even though Tim Brown is a 1,000-yard receiver (1,051, 8 TD's) and RB Joe Martinek is just 7 yards shy of 1,000. The defense ranks 19th overall, but 41st against the pass.

This is the first meeting between the two schools. UCF's only win against a school from one of the Big 6 conferences came in 2000 when it upset Alabama 40-38 in a year when the Tide was an uncharacteristic 3-8.