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FIHS LB Wright snags 'Cane's interception

By Rutgers Athletics
Posted 12/31/69

BRONX, N.Y. – Rutgers football (7-6) defeated Miami (7-6), 31-24, on Thursday at the 2023 Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl. It marked the program's seventh bowl championship, sixth under head coach …

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FIHS LB Wright snags 'Cane's interception


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BRONX, N.Y. – Rutgers football (7-6) defeated Miami (7-6), 31-24, on Thursday at the 2023 Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl. It marked the program's seventh bowl championship, sixth under head coach Greg Schiano and second victory in the Pinstripe Bowl, as the Scarlet Knights secured their first winning season since 2014.

In the second quarter, freshman linebacker Abram Wright, a Fleming Island High School graduate in Orange Park, FL, intercepted his first pass in college off a third down and nine passes at the Miami 36-yard line. The interception led to a Rutgers touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Also in the game, for Miami, were former Oakleaf High standouts Jalen Rivers, an offensive lineman, and Chantz Williams, a defensive end.

Down 17-14 with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter, RU scored 17 unanswered points to collect the win over the Hurricanes. DB Trevor Yeboah-Kodie blocked a punt at Miami's one-yard line, which was recovered by DB Timmy Ward in the end zone for a touchdown, while QB Gavin Wimsatt's second rushing score of the day and a 35-yard field goal from PK Jai Patel helped Rutgers to the come-from-behind victory.

Running back Kyle Monangai earned the game's MVP trophy after he finished with 25 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown. It was the seventh 100-yard rushing game for Monangai, who finished the season with 1,262 yards on the ground.

Linebacker Deion Jennings led the defense with nine tackles and one for loss, LB Mohamed Toure added eight tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack, while freshman LB Abram Wright recorded his first career interception.