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It's easy for the Rutgers football team to constantly replay its 16-13 loss to Eastern Michigan, as it marks one of the worst losses in recent history for the program. But head coach Chris Ash knows it is his responsibility to get his team back on track and shift all of its focus towards Saturday's opponent, Morgan State.
After finishing on a 24-34 line with 178 passing yards in his first game for the Rutgers football team — with two touchdowns to boot — graduate-transfer quarterback and freshly minted captain Kyle Bolin looked reasonably sharp after taking the starting job from Giovanni Rescigno out of summer camp.
In football, the idea of a moral victory is one that most coaches aren't keen to. But for the Rutgers football team, a strong first half against Washington may have given the team a false sense of confidence and led to a lackluster effort against Eastern Michigan that yielded a 16-13 upset loss.
On my way to the game, I trailed a car with both "Rutgers Mom" and "Howard Mom" stickers on the back.
The Rutgers football team chipped away at its year-to-year deficit in the Washington fixture last week, scraping off 19 points from the 2016 season opener.
A year ago when the Rutgers football team took the field against Washington, the Scarlet Knights were simply unable to move the ball on offense. The main reason being the offensive line was simply overmatched by the size and physicality of the Huskies' defensive front.
If there is one positive to take away from its week one loss to No. 8 Washington, the Rutgers football team has its running backs.
With a 30-14 loss to No. 8 Washington in the rearview, the Rutgers football team shifts focus to its next opponent in Eastern Michigan.
At first, when the Rutgers football team forced a 3-and-out against No. 8 Washington on its first possession, rumblings coursed throughout High Point Solutions Stadium. There was a lot of disbelief that the same team that lost 48-13 last season in Seattle would come out of the gate pressuring the Huskies to commit mistakes and throw the ball away on the first drive of the 2017 season.
When a position unit loses 75 percent of its starters, one would think things could only get worse. But for the Rutgers defensive line, it resulted in a new look group that put together a strong performance against a top-tier Washington offensive line.
The Rutgers football team put together a strong performance against No. 8 Washington on Friday night, but the Huskies put together a much better second half to secure the 30-14 victory.
The Rutgers football team will open up its season tonight against No. 8 Washington. The game will officially kick off the 2017 campaign, one crucial to the team's rebuild led by second-year head coach Chris Ash.
However much head coach Chris Ash would like to deflect sentimentality from the proceedings Friday, there is no question that the season opener for any college football team holds its own weight independent from context.
For starters, John Ross is gone.
When teams have prepared to play Rutgers every week since 2013, there is always the same name circled as a priority of who to keep the ball away from.
For the Rutgers football team, it was the first game week practice of the 2017 season, with the Scarlet Knights preparing for a Friday night matchup with No. 8 Washington.
With the season opener for the Rutgers football team just days away, the time has come to preview the Scarlet Knights' first opponent, No. 8 Washington.
In preparation for the 2017 football season opener, the Daily Targum spoke with the student newspaper of the Washington Huskies, the Daily UW. Josh Kirshenbaum, the sports editor at the Daily UW took the time to answer the Targum's questions on the No. 8 Huskies and we did the same here.
Some might say it isn't very easy to step onto a power-5 campus and leapfrog a Big Ten record holder on the depth chart in just 4 weeks of camp.