AP: Big Ten, big stage and big problems for Rutgers

There was hardly anyone left in the stands as the Rutgers band played the alma mater and the football players gathered in the end zone to celebrate a victory against Kansas on Saturday.

It was a ho-hum game against one of the worst teams in FBS, so it was hard to blame Scarlet Knights fans for being less than fired up about a 27-14 win.

But after all that has gone on with Rutgers football over the last month – the suspended coach, the suspended best offensive player, the six players dismissed after being arrested – anything to lighten the mood around the program was welcome.

“Coming out with a win, it’s a positive for this university,” running back Paul James said.

The game was the first for Rutgers at home since coach Kyle Flood was suspended three games for having impermissible communication with a faculty member about a player’s academic status. Flood has one more game to miss when Rutgers faces No. 2 Michigan State at home in two weeks.

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Rutgers improves to 2-2 with 27-14 victory over Kansas in Big Ten home opener

Led by the play of Josh Hicks, the Scarlet Knights rushed for over 300 yards in a 27-14 victory over the visiting Kansas Jayhawks.

Hicks was the primary man out of the backfield for the Knights, leading the way behind the strong play of his offensive line as RU picked up its second win of the season while KU dropped to 0-3. The sophomore from Palmetto, Florida rushed 21 times for 113 yards and two scores, paving the way for the Scarlet Knights to improve to 2-2 overall and pick up their first victory of the season in Big Ten play.

The home squad never trailed in the game, and took a late first quarter lead after quarterback Chris Laviano found wideout Carlton Agudosi for a 14-yard score to put Rutgers up 7-0. Laviano would hook up with Matt Flanagan in the second quarter to put RU up two scores, and that play provided the red and white’s defense with enough support.

Kansas back Ke’aun Kinner found the end zone later in the second from two yards out, but the Jayhawks struggled mightily on offense for the remainder of the half. Kinner would score late in the third quarter as well, but Rutgers had given itself enough of a lead to thwart any Jayhawks comeback at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Laviano finished his day completing 18 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Though he did throw two interceptions, the Glen Head, New York native was solid when he needed to be, receiving help from Hicks and Robert Martin (17 rush, 102 yards) in the process.

The Scarlet Knights have a bye next week, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a showdown with No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 10 in Piscataway.



Sep 19, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) is pressured by Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Carl Nassib (95) at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s game: Kansas at Rutgers, Noon on BTN

Who: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Kansas Jayhawks

What: The first meeting between the two teams.

Where: High Point Solutions Stadium

When: Noon

Rutgers and Kansas will meet for the first me in the team’s history, but the Scarlet Knights are 6-35-2 all-time against current Big 12 member institutions. Though, 39 of those meetings came against West Virginia when the two schools were members of the Big East Conference.

Rutgers last faced a Big 12 team in 2011 – a 27- 13 victory over Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Rutgers is 2-1 heading into today’s game and 0-1 in conference play after dropping their Big Ten opener at Penn State, 28-3.

Fifteen players have made their first career start this season while 19 Scarlet Knights saw their first Division I collegiate action between their season opener against Norfolk State and their win over Washington State.



Rutgers football ‘really need a win’

Despite having six players kicked off the team minutes before the season opener, there was a lot of optimism at Rutgers after beating Norfolk State.

The Scarlet Knights found they had two decent quarterbacks and the schedule seemed to be in their favor.

Washington State was coming off a stunning loss to Portland State. Penn State was upset by Temple and Kansas lost to South Dakota State. There was a chance for a 4-0.

The high hopes were quickly dashed and Rutgers (1-2) heads into its homecoming game against Kansas looking to snap a two-game losing streak in what has turned out to be a messy season.

Star receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended indefinitely after an altercation outside High Point Solutions Stadium following a stunning last-minute loss to Washington State. Coach Kyle Flood was suspended for three games for improperly contacting a teacher over a player’s grade.

Rutgers was outclassed by Penn State and now the Kansas game becomes more important with Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin all on tap next month.

“We really need a win,” defensive back Anthony Cioffi said. “We didn’t take care of business, so that’s what we’re taking care of.”



Rutgers flattened by Penn State in Big Ten opener

Embattled Rutgers was outrushed 328 yards to 65 Saturday as Penn State rolled to a 28-3 victory Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams in State College, Pa.

With Rutgers coach Kyle Flood serving the first game of a three-game suspension for trying to get a player’s grade changed, interim coach Norries Wilson couldn’t come up with the answers against the Nittany Lions (2-1).

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley ran for 195 yards, 16 on a fourth-quarter touchdown run. Akeel Lynch got 75 of his 120 rushing yards on a second-quarter TD. It was the Nittany Lions’ third score of the quarter as they took a 21-0 halftime lead.

Rutgers (1-2) was 5-for-15 on third down, punted eight times, and only got as far as the Penn State 31 through the first three quarters.

The Knights got on the board on Kyle Federico’s 34-yard field goal with 10:35 to play.

The Scarlet Knights host Kansas (0-2) of the Big 12 next Saturday at noon. The Jayhawks were off this week.


Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended three games and fined by school

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 (Sept. 16).

The suspension and fine come after a university-led investigation in rule violations. The focal point of the investigation surrounded an email sent from Flood’s personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.

The emails of contact between Flood and a professor concluded with the two meeting outside of a library in Princeton, NJ. After the meeting, an academic advisor warned Flood that the discussions and meeting could be “a big problem.”

Flood originally contact the professor through his personal email — to the professor’s personal email — so that it wouldn’t be hosted on the University’s servers or email system.

Flood issued a statement, through the school:

“I want to apologize for the mistake I made in process, in contacting that teacher. I understand now that that was against the rule, that I was unaware of at the time.

I have the utmost respect for the faculty at Rutgers. I have the utmost respect for the education that student-athletes and students in general receive at Rutgers, and in no way would I have intentionally broken any rule like  that had I known about it. But I do understand that I’m the Head Football Coach and I am responsible to know these things, and I made a mistake in process that certain will not happen again going forward.”

He later issued another statement:  To read more of this story, click here

Sep 5, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Leonte Carroo (4) carries the ball past Norfolk State Spartans defensive back Onaje Bullen (35) during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Carroo slammed woman into concrete after football game

Suspended wide receiver Leonte Carroo reportedly slammed a woman into the concrete outside the Rutgers football training facility after their second game of the season.

Carroo was arrested and charged with simple assault under domestic violence, prompting his release from the team.

He reportedly “[picked] her up and slamming her down on a concrete surface, injuring her left hip, both palms, left elbow and left side of the head,” according to the complaint filed in Piscataway Municipal Court (Sept. 16).

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended Carroo indefinitely from the program for the incident that took place outside the stadium after Saturday’s game against Washington State. Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and led the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.