Rutgers Knows Offensive Opportunities vs. Army Are Minimal

By Matt Sugam

PISCATAWAY – Kyle Flood knows that each offensive possession Rutgers gets on Saturday is a precious entity. Against a run heavy triple option offense, Army (2-7) eats the clock more than any team No. 23 Rutgers (7-1, 4-0 Big East) will face this season. Last season, it resulted in a season low 53 offensive plays.

“You have to take advantage of the snaps you get against this team because they run so much they’re going to shorten the game,” head coach Kyle Flood said. “And if they get long drives that shortens the game, it limits your possessions.”

However, that won’t change the Scarlet Knights offensive philosophy.

“I don’t know if you can do anything differently,” Flood said. “You have to run your offense and when big play opportunities present themselves you have to take shots down the field and when the opportunities to run the ball are there you have to run the football.”

So while the coaching staff is cognizant of the fact that they’ll get fewer opportunities on offense, it’s not something they necessarily game plan around or let dictate their play calling.

“I don’t think you can play the game concerned that you may only have a certain number of plays. You have to play the game as it comes to you,” Flood said. “But in every game we try to take advantage of every play. Certainly for coaches we realizes that in a game like this possessions could be less.”

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