The Scarlet Knights' homecoming woes continued as they were shutout at The Birthplace, 37-0 to the Wisconsin Badgers. It was one of the ugliest games in recent memory for Rutgers, as the Knights' managed only 139 total yards of total offense. Gary Nova and Chris Laviano combined for 7-27 passing for 63 yards and one interception (Nova). The running game found no holes as the trio of Robert Martin, Justin Goodwin, and Desmon Peoples totaled a measly 76 yards on the ground.
The Badgers' passing game was just as incompetent on a sloppy, rainy day in Piscataway, as the dual-QB system of Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy couldn't generate much through the air. It didn't matter much, however, because Wisconsin running backs Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon had their way with the Scarlet Knights' defense, combining for 259 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Wisconsin's offense is built on big plays from the running game, and they delivered with 43-yard, 51-yard, and 36-yard runs from Clement and Gordon.
Rutgers had a chance to gain some momentum in the first quarter, as the first couple of series for the Badgers went nowhere deep in their own territory. RU began a few drives in Wisconsin territory, but could never take advantage of the good field position. Eventually, the Badgers' running game did what do best: pound the opponent into submission and open up big holes for their running backs.
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The losing streak for Rutgers now stands at three games, and the Knights will have to carry that streak into the final bye week of the season. RU has three chances to get to bowl eligibility from here on out, and with two games against Michigan State and Maryland, Rutgers final home game against Indiana becomes that much more important.