NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope
The Russell Athletic Bowl was the first game of the 2012-2013 bowl season to go to overtime, but it wasn’t much of a thriller. Both offenses were out of rhythm throughout the game: only one offensive touchdown was scored including in overtime, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova both struggled with accuracy and mistakes throughout the game, and a Russell Athletic Bowl record of 21 punts was set.
Thomas did nothing to help his sinking draft stock, while the defensive standouts were senior linebackers Khaseem Greene of Rutgers and Bruce Taylor of Virginia Tech. More detailed evaluations of each top draft prospect’s performance: