HOUSTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Rutgers' blowout victory over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl marks a turning point for New Jersey's state university.
The game Thursday night was only the second bowl for the Scarlet Knights and their first post-season win. Thousands of fans made the trip to Houston to watch Rutgers beat Kansas State 37-10.
Ray Rice, the sophomore running back who was named the most valuable player of the game, did the honors afterwards, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. Wearing a cowboy hat and cradling the trophy, Rice named the seniors who arrived at Rutgers when the team was known for losing.
"I'd like to thank all of you for coming out and supporting us," Rice said told fans. "We're going to win more bowls after this!"
Rutgers' Texas Bowl triumph caps a season when the team had an 11-1 record. It means the team, with many of its stars still on board, enters next season as a favorite in the Big East.