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Since his arrival on the Banks, Chris Ash has harped on Rutgers being a line of scrimmage football team. With the two most experienced position groups lying on each of the front lines, the Scarlet Knights were structured in a way where winning the battle up front on both sides of the ball, especially when it comes to the running game, would be integral to having success.So after Michigan State had dominated that the Knights in the essential battle in the trenches on Saturday, the final scoreboard that read 49-0 in favor of the Spartans was indicative of just that. Rutgers rushed for just 109 yards across 36 carries, good for an underwhelming 3 yards per carry.
Entering this season, the situation surrounding the Big Ten East was as clear cut as it could possibly be — Michigan, Ohio State vying for the top spot and every other team picking up the crumbs far below them.But in a sport as unpredictable and chaotic as college football, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the team’s projected to be at the mid-tier of the division emerged as a contender for the title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. The shock comes in that team not being Michigan State, a team a year removed from a Big Ten conference title and a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but Penn State, a program seemingly at a standstill in the third year of head coach James Franklin’s tenure.The Nittany Lions started the same way the Rutgers football team, their next opponent did, splitting the first four games of the season, including their first Big Ten games of the year.The results of those first conference games were promising for the Scarlet Knights and worrying for Penn State, with Rutgers nearly upsetting defending Big Ten West division champions Iowa at home and the Nittany Lions getting blown out at the Big House by the Wolverines, but the roles reversed as the conference schedule played out.As the Knights went on to lose every other Big Ten game it played, falling to the Spartans, the Buckeyes and the Wolverines by a combined score of 185-0, Penn State has run the table in its last seven conference games, shooting itself up the playoff committee’s rankings to No. 8.With two weeks remaining in the season, the Nittany Lion’s path to improbably winning the East is simple — win their final two games and hope Michigan loses one of its last two contests.That’s where the Knights come in.Hosting a program that’s rapidly become the most bitter Big Ten rival among its fanbase, Rutgers has little more than pride to play for.
Two more to the loss column for the Rutgers volleyball team.The Scarlet Knights (4-25, 0-16) suffered road defeats to conference opponents Ohio State (17-11, 7-9) and Maryland (11-17, 3-13) this weekend.The Knights extended their losing streak to 24 games, and the side has not won in over two months of play.Rutgers entered Columbus Friday with high expectations, looking to pounce on a team that had not been performing to its potential in recent matches.But from the first serve of the game, the Buckeyes had addressed those concerns and put a rest to any hope on the Knights’ end.Ohio State jumped out to an 8-1 lead to start the first set, connecting on three consecutive service aces.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It's safe to assume that this wasn't the kind of homecoming that Giovanni Rescigno had hoped for.After posting 200-plus passing yards and leading his team to one-score losses in his each of his first two career starts, Rescigno returned to his home state on Saturday to play in his first game on Michigan soil since his senior year of high school at De La Salle three years ago.But the Warren, Michigan, native's return home was everything short of welcoming, as performance and score-based reasons prevented him from simply playing it into the fourth quarter of the Rutgers football team's (2-8, 0-7) ultimate 49-0 loss to Michigan State Saturday.With a lopsided scoreboard favoring the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) and the Scarlet Knights in the midst of one of their more underwhelming offensive performances on the season, the sophomore starting quarterback was relieved by true freshman Tylin Oden in the final minutes of the third quarter after going 6-of-16 through the air for 40 yards and two interceptions.In what was their least effective offensive outing of the year against a non-ranked opponent, the Knights totaled just 149 yards and eight first downs, finishing 3-of-12 on third downs."You look at the stats, it wasn’t good.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Far from anyone’s wildest expectations were the results of Saturday’s matchup between the Rutgers football team and defending champions Michigan State, a game that was crucial in determining how the chips fell in the Big Ten East standings.But it wasn’t up to the visiting Scarlet Knights, who have outplayed expectations this season, to rise up to the level of the Spartans but rather the hosts — who had an incredibly steep fall from the perch of the conference to its basement.
The Rutgers football team's 34-32 loss to Indiana on Saturday brought back flashbacks to a nightmarish 2015 season for Isaiah Wharton and the Scarlet Knights' secondary. In a position group that was dismantled by injuries and off-field issues, then-true freshmen Isaiah Wharton and Blessaun Austin were both thrust into the starting lineup for nearly all of last season and received baptism by fire as the young pair of cornerbacks experienced many more lows than they did highs during their introduction to the collegiate game.The Knights finished the season with the third worst passing defense overall in the Big Ten, while allowing a second-worst average of 277 yards per game, a worst 9.5 yards per reception and 15 total touchdowns through the air across their eight conference games. Wharton surrendered 43 catches and five touchdowns, compared to just five passes defended, across his 64 targets last season, according to Pro-Football Focus.Against the Hoosiers, Rutgers' secondary, and most notably Isaiah Wharton, had a performance that was reminiscent of that forgettable 2015 season.Indiana pierced the Knights for 420 passing yards and three scores through the air.
Rutgers faces Michigan State in East Lansing in a battle at the bottom of the Big Ten East Saturday.
The Rutgers football team's offense seemed to have turned a corner.But against Indiana on Sunday, it was back to square one for Rutgers.
The Rutgers football team’s 33-27 loss to Indiana last Saturday marked the first game all season in which strong safety Anthony Cioffi didn’t play in a large majority of a game. Having played in what his position coach Bill Busch estimated to be 500-600 consecutive defensive snaps, the senior was pulled five minutes into the game after failing to take down Hoosier wide receiver Ricky Jones, doubling what would’ve been an 18-yard reception to a 36-yard touchdown as the visitors retook the lead moments after the Scarlet Knights tied it up.Bounce around!
PISCATAWAY—The Rutgers football team’s defense and special teams each had their respective moments against Indiana on Sunday.The Scarlet Knights’ defense forced three turnovers — highlighted by a 75-yard scoop-and-score by junior defensive end Darnell Davis — and two additional turnovers on downs, holding a plus-three advantage over the Hoosiers in the turnover battle.On special teams, the Knights forced a turnover on a kickoff and blocked both an extra-point try and field goal attempt from 54 yards.But it was the big plays that Rutgers allowed and critical plays it failed to capitalize on that stood out the most and came back to haunt the Knights (2-7, 0-6) in their 33-27 loss to Indiana in front of 37,345 at High Point Solutions Stadium.Rutgers was gashed for a season-high 420 yards through the air and allowed 567 yards of total offense.
The first two seasons of the Rutgers football team's tenure as a member of the Big Ten could not be more distinct, with the first exceeding any and all expectations and the second bringing the program crashing down to its roots as a national punchline.
For the first time all season, the Rutgers football team will enter a game coming off a bye week.
If you had told Kamaal Seymour earlier in the season that he would be the Rutgers football team's starting right tackle entering its matchup with Indiana this Saturday, he wouldn't have believed you.And for good reason.
From the early days of his first training camp with the Rutgers football team this past August, head coach Chris Ash has preached the importance that dominating at the line of scrimmage has on the outcome of a football game.
The Rutgers football team enters its matchup with Indiana (4-4, 2-3) this Saturday coming off a late bye week, — a break in three-straight-months of football without much rest.While nearly every unit on the team has sustained some form of physical ailment — be it significant injuries or standard nicks and bruises caused by the demanding schedule of a Big Ten program — most remain anxious to hear how the week off treated Giovanni Rescigno.The sophomore quarterback played nearly every snap in his first career start weeks ago playing against Minnesota in Minneapolis, but was limited in the latter half of the game after pulling his hamstring early in the second quarter.
Friday night football in New Jersey is mostly synonymous with high school games, but starting next fall, the State University will be joining in on the action. The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that the conference will be playing six Friday night games in 2017 as apart of its new television deal with ESPN/ABC and FOX.
Of all the questions that faced the Rutgers football team entering its first season with Chris Ash at the helm— from the quarterback situation, to transitioning to the spread offense, to inserting three inexperienced linebackers into the starting lineup — the Scarlet Knights seemed to have one constant answer since they began camp back in the spring: The defensive line was going to be the strength of the team.
The Rutgers football team didn’t take the field last Saturday for the first time all season, but that didn’t stop one of its captains from spending an afternoon around the sport.“(I) watched a ton of football,” said senior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton on what he did during the bye week.
MINNEAPOLIS— Two weeks ago, Giovanni Rescigno was only quarterbacking Rutgers' scout team offense, but last Saturday, the sophomore nearly quarterbacked the Scarlet Knights (2-6, 0-5) to their first Big Ten win of the season.Rescigno led the Knights' offense to what head coach Chris Ash described as their best performance of the season in a late 34-32 loss to Minnesota (5-2, 2-2).After scoring a combined 14 points through their first four Big Ten games, Rutgers hung 25 points — the other seven coming via a pick-six from true freshman Damon Hayes — across 372 yards of total offense, 22 first downs and a 10-for-19 conversion rate on third downs. Making his first career start for the Knights, Rescigno finished 22 of 38 for 220 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
MINNEAPOLIS — A heart rate monitor hooked up to the Rutgers football team would have shown a flatline for the last few weeks of its season.