Game Recap: MSU 45 – Rutgers 3

Recap: Rutgers was blown out at home by Michigan State University, 45-3.

Need to Know: MSU put up 14 in the first quarter and scored three touchdowns in the second quarter.

RU managed one field goal, as Gary Nova threw for 108 yards and was picked off twice. Tyler Kroft pulled down three catches for 40 yards.

Robert Martin led the Scarlet Knights on the ground, gaining 68 yards on three carries.

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What’s Next: Rutgers plays at Maryland on Saturday.

Recap: Rutgers 45 – Indiana 23 — Rutgers bowl eligible

Result: Rutgers (6-4, 2-4) knocked off Indiana 45-23 to earn bowl eligibility on Saturday.

Need to Know: In its first season in the Big Ten Conference, Rutgers is now bowl eligible and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process. Gary Nova threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns and Leonte Caroo had five catches for 125 yards and a pair of scores as Rutgers defeated Indiana 45-23 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  The Scarlet night are now 6-4 on the season and are bowl eligible in their first year in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights have two more games remaining against No. 12 Michigan state and then Maryland to end the season.

Rutgers held on despite allowing Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman rush for 307 yards on 32 carries.

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Next game: Rutgers is at Michigan State next week.

Kejuan Johnson to Rutgers

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KejuanKejuan Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing from Hargrave (VA) Military, committed to Rutgers on Thursday.

Johnson, who took an official to Rutgers this past weekend, is Rutgers’ second commit in 2015, following Florida point guard Corey Sanders.

“Coach Eddie [Jordan] is a great coach,” Johnson told by phone. “I love everything he stands for and what he brings to Rutgers. It’s just a great situation for me coming in next year and being able to play next year as a freshman and get time and experience.”

“He looks at us as more than players, he looks at us as a family.”

Johnson said he also had offers from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Florida Gulf Coast, East Tennessee State and Bowling Green.

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Recap: Wisconsin 37, Rutgers 0

Result: Wisconsin handled Rutgers 37-0 at High Points Solutions Stadium on Saturday.

Need to Know:  Wisconsin ran over Rutgers with two 100 yards rusher with Corey Clement with 14 rushes for 141 yards and Melvin Gordon 19 rushes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin held Rutgers to 139 total yards and improved to 6-2 on the season, 3-1 in the Big Ten. Rutgers has struggled in Big Ten play and is now 5-4 and 1-4 in conference.  Gary Nova did play for Rutgers, but managed 5 of 14 for 46 yards. Rutgers quarterbacks Nova and Chris Laviano were a combined 7 of 27 for 63 yards.

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Next up: Rutgers is at Indiana on Nov. 15.


Nova’s injury severity unknown

Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova left Saturday’s loss to Nebraska with a knee injury and did not return. Postgame, head coach Kyle Flood did not know the severity of the injury (Sargeant, Oct. 25). 

“I don’t and I don’t even know if we will tomorrow,” Flood said. “I think we’re going to have to wait this one out a couple of days.”

Nova was hobbled on the sideline in the second half, but wore a headset. Nova’s injury came on the final possession of the half, a questionable decision to even try and score considering the drive started deep in Rutgers territory (Politi, Oct. 25h). 

Chris Laviano played the second half for Rutgers and passed 4 of 7 for 49 yards.


Recap: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

Result: Nebraska (7-1) rolled over Rutgers (5-3)  42-24 in Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.

Need to Know:  Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah rushed for 225 yards  and three touchdowns averaging 11.3 yards a carry as Nebraska handed Rutgers its second straight loss.  Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova left at the half with a knee injury and didn’t return. Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong passed for 163 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Scarlet Knights. For Rutgers, Leonte Caroo had 125 yards receiving.

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Next up: Rutgers hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.