Scores

Final

South Florida 6

(2-10, 1-4 away)

Rutgers 31

(6-6, 5-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2013

High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
USF 0 6 0 06
RUTG 14 7 0 1031

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dodd (RUTG) - 179 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: P. James (RUTG) - 26 CAR, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Burton (RUTG) - 3 REC, 18 YDS, 1 TD

Dodd throws 2 TDs, Rutgers becomes bowl eligible

Associated Press
South Florida vs Rutgers Highlight
Marvin Kloss 29 yard field goal GOOD.
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chas Dodd threw two touchdowns and Paul James ran for two as Rutgers finally nailed down its eighth bowl bid in nine years with a 31-6 victory over South Florida Saturday night.

The win snapped a three-game losing slide and sent the Scarlet Knights (6-6, 3-5 American Athletic Conference) to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28 for a game against Notre Dame (8-4). Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced that the bowl bid was extended shortly after the game at High Point Solutions Stadium ended.

James ran for 113 yards, scoring on runs of 5 and 1 yards. Dodd threw for 179 yards, connecting on scoring passes of 12 yards to Andre Patton and 2 yards to Michael Burton.

Marvin Kloss kicked two field goals for South Florida (2-10, 2-6), which ended its first season under Willie Taggart with a six-game losing streak.

The win should take some pressure off Flood, but there is no guarantee that taking the Scarlet Knights to two straight bowls with a 15-10 overall record will guarantee him the job when they move into the Big Ten Conference next season.

Rutgers, which gave up 121 points in losing its last three games to Cincinnati, No. 15 Central Florida and Connecticut, had no problem with the offensively challenged Bulls. The defense limited them to 151 total yards, including just 10 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

The Scarlet Knights took the lead for good on their second series after taking over near midfield. Dodd hit Quron Pratt on an 18-yard pass on a first-and-25 play after an illegal hands to the face. It ignited a drive that James capped with an almost untouched run from the 5-yard line.

A muffed snap on the Bulls' next series was recovered by Darius Hamilton at the South Florida 24. Dodd was intercepted on first down by Brandon Salinas but a roughing the passer call allowed Rutgers to keep the ball. Dodd hit Patton on a crossing pattern on the next play to make it 14-0.

Kloss kicked a 24-yard field goal midway through the second quarter after a South Florida drive bogged down at the 7. But Dodd hit Burton for his short touchdown after connecting with tight end Tyler Kroft on a 24-yard pass to the 2.

Kloss added a second field goal just before the end of the half to cut the deficit to 21-6,

Rutgers put the game away with the only 10 points in the second half.

James scored from a yard out on a drive that he accounted for 58 of the 69 yards with 11 runs and a catch. Joe Behnke kicked a 20-yard field goal in the final minute.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USF
RUTG
1st Downs825
Total Yards151355
Passing141179
Rushing10176
Penalties11-998-81
3rd Down Conversions6-165-10
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers21
Possession22:3037:30

Passing Leaders

South FloridaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White14/311414.501
RutgersC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dodd19/241797.520

Rushing Leaders

South FloridaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shaw9161.804
Tice273.505
RutgersCARYDSAVGTDLG
James261134.3215
Goodwin7466.6015

Receiving Leaders

South FloridaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McFarland24723.5027
Shaw4256.309
RutgersRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kroft35117.0024
Peele4369.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSFRUTG
TD05:41Paul James 5 Yd Run (Kyle Federico Kick) 07
TD04:10Andre Patton 12 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (Kyle Federico Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERUSFRUTG
FG08:54Marvin Kloss 24 Yd 314
TD02:29Michael Burton 2 Yd Pass From Chas Dodd (Kyle Federico Kick) 321
FG00:22Marvin Kloss 29 Yd 621
FOURTH QUARTERUSFRUTG
TD07:24Paul James 1 Yd Run (Kyle Federico Kick) 628
FG00:52Joe Behnke 20 Yd 631