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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.
Head coach Chris Ash announced Monday that sophomore Giovanni Rescigno earned the starting nod behind center in this Saturday’s matchup with Minnesota (noon, ESPNU) in place of junior teammate Chris Laviano, whose streak of 18 consecutive starts will come to an end in Minneapolis.
For all the positives the Scarlet Knights had on offense against the Fighting Illini, one glaring negative held them back from breaking from their skid and led to the ultimate 24-7 loss on homecoming at High Point Solutions Stadium — five turnovers, four of which coming from fumbles.
For the first time in 18 games, the Rutgers football team will have a quarterback not named Chris Laviano behind senior center Derrick Nelson on its first offensive drive of a game.Head coach Chris Ash announced sophomore quarterback Giovanni Rescigno is the Scarlet Knights’ starter “moving forward,” starting this Saturday against Minnesota (4-2, 1-2) in Minneapolis, in his press conference previewing the matchup Monday.The change comes after Rutgers was outscored 174-14 in four losses to open its Big Ten schedule and ranks penultimate among 128 FBS teams in total offense with junior signal caller Laviano as the starter.In the limited action Rescigno has seen — two snaps against Howard Sept.
The Rutgers football team’s 24-7 loss to Illinois marked the sixth straight game in which head coach Chris Ash pulled junior quarterback Chris Laviano off the field, whether it be for a couple of drives midway through a tight game against Iowa or throughout the entirety of the final three quarters of a historic blowout against No. 4 Michigan.But after watching sophomore Giovanni Rescigno build on his one drive against Howard in the second week of the season by providing a spark for the Scarlet Knights’ as they looked to comeback against the Fighting Illini, Ash was finally convinced to do what fans have been begging for throughout the first half of the season.“It's completely open,” Ash said when asked about a quarterback competition following Saturday's loss.
PISCATAWAY—The mantra surrounding the Rutgers football team leading up to its matchup with Illinois had been that of a fresh start.
The Rutgers football team is halfway through its first regular season under head coach Chris Ash, where the results have been far from optimal.The Scarlet Knights are 2-4 through six games, having been outscored 287-62 in the process of facing 3 of the top 5 teams in the nation throughout the stretch.The worst has come in the Knights’ two most recent games at No. 2 Ohio State and at home against No. 4 Michigan, where they completed just five passes and gained 155 total yards en route to losing both games by a combined 156-0.Things can really only go up from here.“I told the players, sometimes in life you hit rock bottom before you bounce up and go swinging and go in the right direction,” Ash told reporters in his post-practice availability Thursday.
The Rutgers football team suffered its heaviest shutout loss since 1888 in a 78-0 bloodbath to No. 4 Michigan Saturday.
PISCATAWAY— It was hard to imagine the Rutgers football team's offense being able to put on a worse showing than it did in the 58-point shutout loss to No. 2 Ohio State last week.
No. 4 Michigan (6-0, 2-0) showed Rutgers (2-4, 0-3) no mercy, piling on touchdown after touchdown in a display so dominant, the final score of 78-0 doesn’t come close to doing it justice.
Drew Mehringer said he felt like "vomit" after the Rutgers football team converted on just 1 of 4 red zone trips in a 14-7 loss to Iowa Sept.
Fifth-year senior defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick shines in year of return of classmate and fellow captain Darius Hamilton.
As soon as the Rutgers volleyball team falls to the No. 2 ranked team in the nation in Wisconsin, it makes the trip up to University Park, Pennsylvania to take on the team who knocked off the No. 1 ranked team.The Scarlet Knights (4-14, 0-5) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-3, 5-0) will duke it out on Penn State’s home court Saturday night at 7 p.m.
David Bonagura went nearly four years without kicking in a real game situation.His last live kick was as a high school senior in December, 2012, knocking in a 48-yard, game-winning field goal at Kean University to secure a state championship for Ramapo High. In the Rutgers football team's season opener against then-No. 14 Washington, the redshirt junior was thrust back into game action for the first time in more than three years in front of 70,000-plus, rowdy fans at Husky Stadium.But the atmosphere, nor the long layoff between kicking in game situations, seemed to faze Bonagura.On his first attempt of his collegiate career the Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, native sneaked a 38-yard field goal just over the upright to put the Scarlet Knights on the board late in the first half."Kicking is a production-oriented business," Bonagura said of his first career kick. "Three points is three points, but when it came off my foot I knew it was gonna go in.
No. 3 Louisville in 2006. No. 2 South Florida in 2007.Michigan in 2014.These three games, arguably the biggest victories in the history of the Rutgers football program, are all loosely connected by a single thread — they were all played under the bright lights of High Point Solutions Stadium in a primetime broadcast in front of a national audience.The Scarlet Knights have a chance to add to the list this Saturday against the No. 4 Wolverines in what will be the first annual "Stripe the Birthplace" game, a promotion run by the athletic department in which fans will alternate between black and red attire to literally stripe the stands of the Birthplace of College Football.“Hopefully it's a great atmosphere and a lot of fans show up,” said head coach Chris Ash of his first night game at the helm in Piscataway.
It was a crisp night in Piscataway on Oct. 5, 2014.