ORLANDO, Fla. — Rutgers' regular-season ended with the Scarlet Knights thinking about what might have been after they lost a BCS bowl berth with consecutive losses.
They will have to have to wait a little longer to completely wash away that bitter feeling.
On Friday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers dominated the first half defensively, only to see its offense wilt down the stretch as a late turnover and missed field goal cost it in a 13-10 overtime loss to Virginia Tech.
The loss ended a run of five straight bowl victories for the Scarlet Knights and kept them from recording their first double-digit win season since 2006.
"Two tremendous defensive performances, and one of the better defensive performances I've seen from Rutgers players this season," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "It's unfortunate that we came out on the wrong side of the game, and squander that kind of performance as a result."
Virginia Tech's Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime.
Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt to the right.
"It's frustrating just because of the type of competitor I am," Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene said. "That this defense is and this team is in general. We go out every day to compete, and it's to win. But it's just something we have to learn from."
Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.
"Not everything in life is real smooth," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "These players worked hard and how they reacted to adversity and to disappointment and when all of them wanted to do better — they kept together."
OHIO 45, LOUISIANA-MONROE 14: At Shreveport, La., Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, and Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns to set an Independence Bowl record. The Bobcats (9-4) won their second straight bowl game, and broke several Independence Bowl records, including the 31-point margin and 556 total yards. Tettleton was especially sharp in the first half, completing 9 of 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio built a 24-7 lead. He finished 14 of 22 and averaged more than 23 yards per completion. Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
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TEXAS TECH 34, MINNESOTA 31: At Houston, D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a comeback victory. Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie it at 31 with just more than a minute remaining. Michael Carter intercepted two of Doege's passes in the fourth quarter before the tying score, but Minnesota couldn't convert either of the turnovers into points.
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