Bowl-eligible Big Ten team may miss out

Because of a new agreement that kicked in this season between the Big Ten and the Capital One Orange Bowl, there’s a chance a bowl-eligible Big Ten team could be left without a spot (Rittenberg, Dec. 4).

Writes Adam Rittenberg:

“If a Big Ten team goes to the Orange Bowl, the league will not have a team in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. If only one other Big Ten team — the league champion — makes a Playoff semifinal or another New Year’s Six bowl, the league would have eight eligible teams for seven contracted bowl spots.”

Rittenberg notes that Rutgers, Illinois, Maryland, or Penn State could be negatively affected, and that the league is monitoring the situation.

Game recap: Rutgers 41 — Maryland 38

Result: The Scarlet Knights (7-5, 3-5) finished their first Big Ten season with a dramatic come-from-behind win at Maryland (7-5, 4-4).

Need to Know: Rutgers rallied from a 35-10 deficit — 35-17 at the half — to win it on Kyle Federico field goal from 25 yards with 6:14 to go.

Gary Nova threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in the rally and had three 100 yard receivers in Leonte Caroo (104 yards), Janarion Grant (105 yards) and Andre Patton with 101.

Caroo also had two touchdown to tie Marco Battaglia’s school single-season receiving TDs record with 10.

Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen was greeted warmly by fans of the Terps, whom he coached for 10 years before being fired in 2010 and replaced by current Maryland coach Randy Edsall.

Links: AP recap Box score

What’s Next: The Scarlet Knights await their bowl assignment, which will be announced next Sunday. Some guesses include the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Rice or Marshall or the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit against Miami (Fla.)

Rutgers topped by winless St. Peters

St. Peter’s bested the Scarlet Knights men’s basketball team 68-50 at the RAC Tuesday night, falling to 2-2 on the season (Rutgers, November 25).

“They played harder than we did,” Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said. “They made shots. They had more enthusiasm, more energy. … We got out-coached, out-played and they deserve it. All the credit goes to them. We tried but we didn’t try hard enough. We didn’t make shots.”

St. Peter’s picked up their first win of the season blowing away the Scarlet Knights from the start as the led 31-19 at the half.

Though there were few fans left by the end of the night, the booing was strong in the RAC, and Jordan expressed his disappointment in the loss.

“It didn’t show any class,” Jordan said. “I was discouraged. I was disappointed in that. We lost the game. You have to have some dignity.”

Rutgers will face Vanderbilt at the Barclays Center in just two days on Friday November 28 at 7pm.

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.

Links: Recap | Box Score | PBP

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.

Links: Recap | Box score

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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