No. 18 Rutgers vs. Pitt: What We Learned

By Matt Sugam

No. 18 Rutgers suffered their first loss in conference play at Pitt, 27-6. Here’s what we learned.

1. The Big East Title will have to wait until Thursday night.

With Louisville losing, Rutgers still won a share of the Big East title for the first time even while losing at Pitt. But with UConn defeating Louisville, Rutgers could have won the title outright and booked a trip to a BCS bowl by beating Pitt. Now, it will all come down to Thursday night, when Louisville travels to Piscataway.

2. Rutgers’ slow starts continue.

They’ve become notorious for it at this point. Through 11 games, the Scarlet Knights have scored just 23 points in the first quarter. They average barely over a touchdown in the first half. That trend continued today, and cost them the game as Rutgers was shutout in the first half and were down 21-0.

3. Rutgers struggled on third down.

The offense couldn’t really get much going all day. That fact was magnified on third down. Rutgers was 0-for-8 on third down in the first half and  5-for-15 for the game. The inability to convert third downs was a major reason Rutgers couldn’t consistently put drives together.

4. Rutgers has a 1,000 yard rusher.

Well, at least there’s one positive to take out of an otherwise miserable day. While it was delayed in recent weeks by a sprained ankle – which he appeared to aggravate today – Jawan Jamison cracked the 1,000 yard plateau, becoming the just the third Rutgers running back to do so in the last 37 years with 1,014 yards.

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