PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Instead of getting even with Rutgers, No. 23 South Florida didn't even get on the scoreboard for the first time in a regular-season game in its 13-year history.
Tom Savage threw for two touchdowns and Rutgers forced four turnovers, blocked a punt and recorded seven sacks in embarrassing
the error-prone Bulls 31-0 in a nationally televised game on Thursday night.
The victory was the fourth straight for Rutgers (7-2, 2-2 Big East) over South Florida (6-3, 2-3), and this one made the Scarlet Knights bowl eligible for the fifth straight season.
The only other time South Florida was shut out was 14-0 in the Meineke Bowl in 2005 against North Carolina State.
Savage threw touchdown passes of 25 yards to Mohamed Sanu and 26 yards to Tim Brown. Joe Martinek ran for 128 yards, including a
37-yard score. San San Te kicked field goals of 36, 26 and 49 yards.