Early 2024 Preview: Rutgers at Virginia Tech

Rutgers running back Kyle Monangai ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech last year. (Ivan Morozov)

This series takes an early look at the teams on Virginia Tech’s 2024 schedule. It will run up to the ACC’s media days in late July. Read the previous entries here.

Rutgers

When: Sept. 21 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg (Time/Network TBD)
Last year’s record: 7-6, 3-6 Big Ten (5th in East), won 31-24 against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl
Coach: Greg Schiano, 19-28 in four years in his second run at Rutgers (87-95 in 15 years overall at Rutgers)
2024 SP+ ranking: 49th

Last meeting

Kyle Monangai ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers took advantage of Virginia Tech turnovers to pull away for a 35-16 home win last season, ending a 12-game losing streak in the series. Making his first start, Kyron Drones fumbled on the second snap of the game, setting up a Monangai touchdown run. Tech pulled back within 21-16 in the fourth quarter but Monangai reeled off touchdown runs of 55 and 12 yards to give Rutgers breathing room, handing the Hokies their 10th straight loss against non-conference Power 5 opponents, a streak that dates back to 2017.

The big picture

Rutgers turned a corner in Schiano’s second stint with the school, earning bowl eligibility by reaching six wins for the first time since he came back (the 2021 bowl was with a 5-7 mark as a replacement team during COVID) and capping things off with the program’s first bowl win since 2014.

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