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They say football games are won and lost in the trenches.
And if the Rutgers offensive line was any proof of that, the Scarlet Knights would have a much better record than its 4-6 mark.
On Saturday against No. 14 Penn State, the group had another strong day — especially early on — as it paved the way for 159 yards on 4.2 yards per carry.
It has been said time and time again this season, but it bears repeating: this is not the same Rutgers football team from last year.
Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) lost to No. 14 Penn State (8-2, 5-2) by a score of 35-6 on Saturday, and though there wasn't much to love for Knights fans, there was more than last year.
Injuries happen all the time in football — it's just a part of the game. But for the Rutgers defense, the injuries have been much more than just a few nicks and bruises.
And while that might deter some teams, the Scarlet Knights have truly embraced the next man up mentality.
Most Scarlet Knight fans will spend their Saturday searching for any note of hope, as Rutgers (4-5, 3-3) battles No. 14 Penn State (7-2, 4-2) at Beaver Stadium, Nov. 11 at noon. To Nittany Lion fans, it's just another game — a stabilizer for them after dropping two straight games to then-No. 6 Ohio State and then-No. 24 Michigan State, falling 12 spots from their perch at No. 2 two weeks back.
It was beginning to look like things were unraveling for the Rutgers football team in the third quarter of its game against Maryland on Saturday.The Terrapins went 90 yards down the field to take a 21-17 lead, and the Scarlet Knight offense looked like it was stalling. Then with 9:44 left in the quarter, with Rutgers set to get the ball back, junior cornerback Isaiah Wharton let a Maryland punt hit him in the leg, leading to a turnover and giving the Terps the ball with the lead.
The Scarlet Knights (4-5, 3-3) only posted 107 yards in the air, but it was enough to upend the Maryland Terrapins (4-5, 3-3), 31-24, in a game that flipped back and forth throughout.
The Rutgers football team picked up its biggest win of the season on Saturday, when the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 3-3) were able to hold on to defeat Maryland (4-5, 2-4), 34-27 in a nailbighter.
Saturday's game against Maryland represents a chance for the Rutgers football team to prove its worth in the Big Ten. Going into the season, the feeling was that the Scarlet Knights would be able to handle Illinois and Purdue, but the Terrapins were a program on the rise with strong recruiting classes putting them ahead of Rutgers in the rebuilding process.
Both programs came into the Big Ten in 2014 with relatively successful seasons — Rutgers had its best campaign so far in the Big Ten with a Quick Lane Bowl win over North Carolina, and the Terrapins finished with their first and only winning record to date since joining the conference.Maryland makes sense as a rival if the Knights even have one.
Rutgers (3-5, 2-3) welcomes Maryland (4-4, 2-3) into High Point Solutions Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and this time around, there is a unit advantage belonging to the Knights that could be strong enough to catapult them over the visiting Terrapins.
In the process of rebuilding the Rutgers football team, head coach Chris Ash has installed an identity within his team.
The Scarlet Knights had put up a good fight, but the Wolverines had worn them down and were on their way to an easy victory. Giovanni Rescigno had other ideas. The junior quarterback, starting just his third game of the season, led the team on its best drive of the season — an 11-play, 75-yard march down the field that was capped by a Gus Edwards touchdown run.
ANN ARBOR, Ml -- It was a big day for the Rutgers football team, as the Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2) won their first Big Ten game since 2016, defeating Illinois by a score of 35-24. Stock UpThese players/coaches performed well and improved their stock.Offensive LineThe big guys at front really only get noticed when they don't do a good job, but deserve recognition for the way they played against the Illini.
When the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 2-3) fell to the Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 3-2) by a score of 35-14, it felt like a loss all the same.A loss is undoubtedly a loss, but this time around Rutgers at least has some positives to take away.
The Scarlet Knights (3-4, 2-2) will make the trip west to face off against a struggling Michigan (5-2, 2-2) side, losing out to No. 2 Penn State last week by a 29-point margin — its worst of the season.
Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash will have no problem pointing out that the only statistic he cares about is a win versus a loss.But at the same time, the second-year head man will not be shy to point out his team's struggles on the offensive side of the ball.
But the Rutgers secondary stepped up against Purdue, held the Boilermakers to under 200 passing yards, intercepted two passes and was at the forefront of a sensational defensive effort by the Knights.
It was a big day for the Rutgers football team, as the Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2) won their first Big Ten game since 2016, defeating Illinois by a score of 35-24.
For the first time since entering the Big Ten in 2014, the Scarlet Knights (3-4, 2-2) have strung together consecutive conference wins, earning a slow but earned 14-12 win over Purdue (3-4, 1-3) at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday.