American Football Database
2008 Bowl
Bowl Game
File:Papajohnsbowl.png Bowl logo
1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina State University 10 7 0 6 23
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 6 0 10 13 29
Date December 29, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
MVP Rutgers QB Mike Teel
Favorite Rutgers by 6.5
Referee Todd Geerlings
Attendance 38,582[1]
Payout US$300,000 per team[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Eric Collins, Shaun King
Nielsen ratings 1.7 Bowl
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The 2008 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.

The game marked the first ever meeting of the two universities' football programs.[3] 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, held at Legion Field in 1990.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
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
2nd Quarter
NCSU - Andre Brown 5 yard TD run (Czajkowski kick), :38 NCSU 17-6
3rd Quarter
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
4th Quarter
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


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Preceded by
Ben Mauk
2008 Bowl MVP
Mike Teel
Succeeded by
Andre Dixon