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Fans rush the field at High Point Solutions Stadium after the Rutgers football team beat Michigan on Oct. 4 for the Knights’ first Big Ten win of the season.

Three attendees at the 2013 Rutgers University Dance Marathon cross the stage, clutching souvenirs from the 72-hour non-stop dance fundraising event.

Safety Lorenzo Waters grew up about 45 minutes from College Park, Maryland. The Terrapins offered his first scholarship.

Michigan State running back Nick Hill sprints past three Rutgers defenders Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans scored five touchdowns in their first six drives, ultimately handing the Knights their most lopsided loss of the season. Hill scored two of Michigan State’s four rushing touchdowns. 

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook follows through on a pass Saturday. He threw for 205 first-half yards with two scores.

Michigan State running back Nick Hill sprints past Rutgers' struggling run defense for a 16-yard touchdown Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans exploded for five first-half touchdowns en route to a 45-3 romp, which marks the Knights' largest margin of defeat this season.

Sophomore linebacker Steve Longa walks off the field dejectedly after a Michigan State touchdown.

Senior nose tackle Kenneth Kirksey will possibly play his final game Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. Kirksey said Rutgers’ defense has to pressure Indiana’s quarterback.

Junior middle blocker Mikaela Matthews had 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage the last time she played the Hoosiers.

Senior Taj Alexander arrived at RU as a defender before moving to offense.

Senior Kaleb Johnson has started in 46 straight games on RU’s offensive line.

Junior libero Ali Schroeter said the Knights know they need to be more prepared for Big Ten competition with practice.

Senior setter Nicole Bayer said Rutgers will give it its all this weekend. 

Senior defensive end David Milewski and the Knights allowed 914 total rushing yards in the last three Big Ten games.

Senior setter Nicole Bayer said this season has been a heavier travel schedule than she has ever experience before. Bayer said RU made adjustments to fit travel.

Freshman Josh Hicks was moved back to running back after spending the past few weeks at free safety. Flood said Hicks will help Rutgers win more on offense than defense.

Head coach CJ Werneke said the Knights have improved steadily with each week because of the talent of the opponents that they are facing. Werneke credits better decision-making and better passing to improved offense. 

Senior quarterback Gary Nova gets set to unload a pass Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. Nova was visibly hobbled moving around in the pocket after recovering from a lower body injury during the week. He passed for 46 yards on 5-of-15 attempts in Rutgers’ fourth loss on Homecoming in five years. 

Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Laviano moves around in the pocket. Laviano finished with 17 passing yards, completing 2-of-12 attempts in relief of senior Gary Nova.

Wisconsin running back Corey Clements bursts in the open field for one of his two touchdowns Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Badgers finished with 208 rushing yards to hand Rutgers its first shutout loss since 2002.

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