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Day 14 of the Long March: International Bowl chat
2008-01-05 08:00
by Bob Timmermann

And you thought the "minor" bowls were over? Wrong! Guess again. It's time for the only bowl game played outside the United States (although closer to more schools in the NCAA than the Hawai'i Bowl), the International Bowl. From Toronto at 9 am PT, it's a matchup between a pair of 7-5 schools, Rutgers and Ball State.

Rutgers came close to making a BCS Bowl in 2006, but ended up in the Texas Bowl, but couldn't recapture the magic this year. This will be only the fourth bowl game for the Scarlet Knights and the previous three have all been against schools with "State" in the name. Rutgers lost the 1978 Garden State Bowl to Arizona State, 34-18 and then lost to the Sun Devils again in the 2005 Insight Bowl, 45-40. Rutgers defeated Kansas State in 2006 in the Texas Bowl by a 37-10 margin.

Ball State has been in just three bowl games and lost them all. The Cardinals lost to Fresno State 27-6 in the 1989 California Bowl, and then lost 42-33 to Utah State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, and finally lost 18-15 to Nevada in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl.

Rutgers and Ball State have played each other once before in 1989 in New Jersey and they tied 31-31. This time, two teams go in, only one comes out victorious! It's New Brunswick versus Muncie from Toronto!

2008-01-05 09:35:54
1.   grandcosmo
2008-01-05 10:48:26
2.   Bob Timmermann
It's not pointless. It's 24-9 Rutgers at halftime!
2008-01-05 13:39:22
3.   grandcosmo
31,455 attended the game. Amongst them were Lennox Lewis and several CFL scouts.
2008-01-05 13:59:00
4.   Bob Timmermann
Tomorrow! The GMAC Bowl!
2008-01-05 14:33:46
5.   oshea2002
I just need the chalk to hold in the last two games and I'm gonna win a pretty big bowl contest.

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