St. Petersburg Bowl to Pit UCF vs. Rutgers

GO KNIGHTS Brett Hodges is 7-2 as a starter at quarterback for the Knights in 2009.
Brett Hodges is 7-2 as a starter at quarterback for the Knights in 2009.

Dec. 6, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. - St. Petersburg Bowl officials announced on Sunday evening that Rutgers has been chosen as the BIG EAST representative to face UCF in the `Bowl By The Bay' on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Both UCF and Rutgers bring identical 8-4 records into the game, with the Knights finishing second in Conference USA's East Division and Rutgers tied for fourth in the eight-team BIG EAST Conference.

Tickets for the game have been moving briskly all week in Orlando and fans who have not all ready ordered them from UCF should do so now at

"We are pleased to be playing a team from the BIG EAST Conference, so close to our fan base in St. Petersburg," UCF head coach George O'Leary said. "It should be a great game for our fans to enjoy next Saturday night."

The Knights are bowl bound for the third time in five years and, for the first time, will be able to play within their home state. The Knights accomplished this feat behind the fourth-best rushing defense in the nation (trailing only Texas, Alabama and TCU) and an offense that is nearly 120 yards and 10 points per game better in 2009 than last fall. UCF finished its C-USA slate at 6-2, becoming just the second team in league history to finish a year 6-2 in C-USA play after starting 0-2.

"UCF and Rutgers makes for an excellent match-up in this year's St. Petersburg Bowl," UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble said. "We anticipate a record showing from our fan base making the short drive to St. Petersburg. I know our fans plan to create a similar home field atmosphere to the one we regularly enjoy at Bright House Networks Stadium."

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