2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl
The 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl was the third edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game was played starting at 2 PM US CST on Monday, December 29, 2008. The game, telecast on ESPN, pitted the Rutgers Scarlet Knights against the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
|2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl|
PapaJohns.com Bowl logo
|Date||December 29, 2008|
|MVP||Rutgers QB Mike Teel|
|Favorite||Rutgers by 6.5|
|Payout||US$300,000 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Eric Collins, Shaun King|
The game marked the first ever meeting of the two universities' football programs. NC State led 17-6 at halftime, but crumbled in the second half after losing starting quarterback Russell Wilson to a knee injury. Rutgers won, 29-23.
This was also the first edition of the bowl game not to feature any current or former members of Conference USA. The selection of NC State did have a connection to past bowl games in Birmingham as the Wolfpack had competed in the last All-American Bowl, which was also held at Legion Field in 1990.
|Rutgers - Rob Cervini 6-yard TD run (kick blocked), 11:47||Rutgers 6-0|
|NCSU - Owen Spencer 44-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski kick), 7:54||NCSU 7-6|
|NCSU - Czajkowski 32-yard FG, 1:00||NCSU 10-6|
|NCSU - Andre Brown 5-yard TD run (Czajkowski kick), :38||NCSU 17-6|
|Rutgers - San San Te 31-yard FG, 10:14||NCSU 17-9|
|Rutgers - Tiquan Underwood 10-yard TD pass from Mike Teel (Te kick), 6:50||NCSU 17-16|
|Rutgers - Te 28-yard FG, 13:31||Rutgers 19-17|
|NCSU - Anthony Hill 16-yard TD pass from Daniel Evans (two-point conversion no good), 9:21||NCSU 23-19|
|Rutgers - Kenny Britt 42-yard TD pass from Teel (Te kick), 8:30||Rutgers 26-23|
|Rutgers - Te 24-yard FG, :47||Rutgers 29-23|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2011-09-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)