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Rutgers WR Kenny Britt
Rutgers WR Kenny Britt
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl.

Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6)

Dec. 29th  3 p.m.  ESPN2

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By Richard Cirminiello

PapaJohns.com Bowl History
2007 Cincinnati 31, Southern Miss 21
2006 South Florida 24, East Carolina 7

Best Scarlet Knight Bowl Moment: The Scarlet Knights knocked on the bowl door in 2005 before kicking it down a year later, picking up a school-first bowl victory in the inaugural Texas Bowl. Rutgers used big plays from RB Ray Rice and WR Tim Brown to jump on Kansas State early, pulling away in the second half for an easy 37-10 win. 

Best Wolfpack Bowl Moment: By ACC standards, State has had a rich and extensive postseason history.  They’ve got a dozen wins and a handful of exciting finishes to back that up. However, to find its proudest moment, you only have to venture back a couple of years, when the ‘Pack stuffed Notre Dame 28-6 for a convincing win in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Rutgers: WR Kenny Britt. You can start saying buh-bye to Britt, who’s leaning toward giving up his final year of eligibility. His stock may never be higher after closing out the regular season on a monstrous tear. At 6-4 and 215 pounds, he’s got the long stride, huge mitts, and back-to-back productive seasons to find his way into the first two rounds of next April’s NFL Draft.

North Carolina State: TE Anthony Hill. Although injuries kept Hill from reaching his high ceiling in each of the last two years, those close to the program realize his best days may still be ahead of him. At 6-6 and 265 pounds, he’s like having a third guard on the line, yet has the sticky hands to be a quarterback’s best friend near the goal line. Hill’s caught three touchdown passes in 2008, but was at his best two years ago, making 45 grabs for 478 yards.

Breakout Player ...

Rutgers: RB Jourdan Brooks. If the Scarlet Knights learned one thing in the post-Ray Rice era, it was that no single back was going to replace the All-American. Brooks took turns with Kordell Young and Joe Martinek playing the feature role, twice going over 100 yards on the ground. He could offer the greatest upside of the three underclassmen, blending a 250-pound frame with a nice kick once he gets through the hole.

North Carolina State
: LB Nate Irving. If not for an injury in the middle of the season, Irving appeared headed for the All-ACC first team. When he returned in November, the Pack was a different team, tightening up on defense and winning the final four games. A sideline-to-sideline playmaker with game-changing skills, he still came up with 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and a team-best four interceptions.

Rutgers Bowl History (2-2)
2007 International Rutgers 52, Ball State 30
2006 Texas Rutgers 37, Kansas St 10
2005 Insight Arizona St 45, Rutgers 40
1978 Garden State Arizona St 34, Rutgers 18


NC State Bowl History (12-10-1)
2005 Meineke NC State 14, South Florida 0
2003 Tangerine NC State 56, Kansas 26
2002 Gator NC State 28, Notre Dame 6
2001 Tangerine Pittsburgh 34, NC State 19
2000 Micronpc.com N.C. State 38, Minnesota 30
1998 Micron PC Miami 46, NC State 23
1994 Peach NC State 28, Mississippi 24
1993 Hall of Fame Michigan 42, NC State 7
1992 Gator Florida 27, NC State 10
1991 Peach East Carolina 37, NC State 34
1990 All American NC State 31, Southern Miss 27
1989 Copper Arizona 17, NC State 10
1988 Peach NC State 28, Iowa 23
1986 Peach Virginia Tech 24, NC State 24
1978 Tangerine NC State 30, Pittsburgh 17
1977 Peach NC State 24, Iowa State 14
1975 Peach West Virginia 13, NC State 10
1974 Astro-Bluebonnet NC State 31, Houston 31
1973 Liberty NC State 31, Kansas 18
1972 Peach NC State 49, West Virginia 13
1967 Liberty NC State 14, Georgia 7
1963 Liberty Mississippi State 16, NC State 12
1940 Gator Oklahoma 34, NC State 13

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