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On paper, Rutgers did not match up well with Purdue defensively. Entering Saturday's contest, the Boilermakers sat in fifth place in the Big Ten in passing yardage. On the other side of the ball, the Scarlet Knights were without starting cornerback Blessuan Austin, starting safety Saquan Hampton and starting safety Kiy Hester who was still banged up.
History doesn't need to be pretty. All it has to do is happen, and the Rutgers football team is glad it did.
The Rutgers football team entered Saturday's game against Purdue looking to win its second straight Big Ten game. Although it got a little close for comfort at the end, the Scarlet Knights (3-4, 2-2) defeated Purdue (3-4, 1-3) by a narrow scoreline of 14-12.
The Rutgers offensive line turned heads in the first game of the season when it held its own and played a strong game against Washington, a team with one of the best defensive lines in the country.
The Rutgers football team will look to make it two Big Ten wins in a row when it takes on Purdue in its Homecoming game this Saturday. The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2) are coming off a 35-24 road win over Illinois where they rushed for 274 yards and 5 touchdowns in a dominating performance.
Looking ahead to the Rutgers football team's homecoming game against Purdue this Saturday, The Daily Targum reached out to the Purdue Exponent, the student newspaper of Purdue. The Exponent's sports editor Conner Klotz was kind enough to answer some questions ahead of the matchup.
It is hard to argue that the bye week could have come at a better time for the Rutgers football team.
As a general rule in football, more is good.
There was a lot to like about the Rutgers football team last Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Leading up to Saturday’s game against Illinois, things went from bad to worse for the Rutgers secondary. Already without starting cornerback Blessuan Austin and starting safety Saquan Hampton, the Knights learned that they would also be without starting safety Kiy Hester.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- It was never supposed to be easy for the Rutgers football team in the Big Ten. But on Saturday against Illinois, running the ball was no problem at all, as the Scarlet Knights racked up 274 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns en route to a 35-24 victory over Illinois, the team's first conference win since 2015, snapping a 16-game losing streak.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- 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.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill -- At season's end — at least record-wise — no one will be able to say the Rutgers football team regressed from last year.
Looking ahead to the Rutgers football team's game against Illinois, the Daily Targum reached out to the Daily Illini, the student newspaper of Illinois. Daily Illini sports editor Cole Henke was kind enough to answer some questions ahead of the matchup.
Looking back on the Rutgers football team so far this year and last year, it seems as if it has hit most of the checkpoints and themes of 2016 in 2017.
Things went from bad to worse for the Rutgers secondary — as one game after losing starting cornerback Blessuan Austin for the season with a torn ACL — starting safety Saquan Hampton suffered a shoulder injury that could also keep him out for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.
Fourteen days separate the Rutgers football team's last game from its next, and still the stench of a 56-0 loss to Ohio State at home wafts in and out of the Hale Center, as the team tosses over its options heading out of the bye week.
The bad news for the Rutgers football team? It was just embarrassed at home by No. 11 Ohio State to the tune of 56-0. The good news? It can't do worse this week.
The struggles continued for the Rutgers football team when it was beaten down at home by No. 11 Ohio State by a score of 56-0. The Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0) had their way with the Scarlet Knights (1-4, 0-2) in every way imaginable, creating a game that never really felt interesting or in doubt.