Hello, On The Banks readers! My name is Scott Logan, and I couldn't be more excited to join the incredible staff here at OTB, and I look forward to contributing to the best Rutgers community around!
A little about me: I graduated from Rutgers in May with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. I also minored in Digital Communication, Information and Media. I spent two years at Rutgers after transferring there, but have been a diehard Rutgers fan for life.
During both of my years at Rutgers, I was a member of the Rutgers Riot Squad, working to build a strong and cohesive student section for all teams on campus. In my final year on the banks, I served as the Riot Squad's marketing director. I had the unique opportunity to organize events and promote student interest in all kinds of sports.
I made it a priority to attend as many Rutgers sporting events as possible during my two years as a Rutgers student. I figured what better way to introduce myself to the OTB community by reflecting on my favorite Rutgers Athletics memories I made as a student?
#10. Women's Basketball: UNC 96, Rutgers 93 (2OT) (December 4, 2014)
C. Vivian Stringer's team is always a lot of fun to watch, and The RAC was electric when the No. 6 Tar Heels came to town. The Riot Squad spent weeks promoting the showdown, and the student section was packed.
Rutgers fell just short of the huge upset, but I'll always remember the big game atmosphere of the night. When Rutgers managed to tie the game by scoring five points in the last 32 seconds of overtime, the reaction was deafening.
#9. Women's Soccer: Rutgers 2, LaSalle 0 (November 14, 2014)
Mike O'Neill's squad was quietly one of the most successful teams on campus in 2014, and they were rewarded by receiving a home game in the NCAA Tournament. I joined my friends from the Riot Squad to see the team advance to the second round.
Rutgers is a true contender in women's soccer, having been ranked in the NCSSA Poll throughout the year. They even scored a big upset win on the road against No. 6 Penn State. Seeing the successful season culminate in a home postseason game was incredibly gratifying.
#8. Wrestling: Ohio State 23, Rutgers 17 (February 1, 2015)
Coach Scott Goodale's program is right at home in the nation's best wrestling conference, and they proved they're here to compete when they gave the eventual national champs a big scare.
Fans stuffed the College Ave Gym to watch the showdown, and many were surprised to see Rutgers leading then-No.4 Ohio State at the intermission. It was so loud that "The Barn" was shaking.
The Buckeyes would rally to victory in the second half, but this was a nice reminder that Rutgers wrestling is becoming a can't-miss event. And fans know it - Rutgers ranked sixth in the nation in average attendance last year.
#7. Football: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21 (December 26, 2014)
It was an absolute thrill heading out to Detroit and seeing Rutgers dominate in their first bowl game as a Big Ten team.
Well, besides the fact that I spent my Christmas in Detroit. But, the game was lovely!
In all seriousness, it was my first time in the Motor City, and seeing the thousands of other fans who made the trip to support the Scarlet Knights was staggering. We outnumbered the UNC fans by a wide margin. The Rutgers faithful were loud and proud the whole game, and Ford Field rang with RRRRRRRR UUUUUUU chants throughout. A dominant win over UNC was a great way to wrap up our first season in the Big Ten.
#6. Men's Lacrosse: Rutgers 17, Ohio State 10 (April 25, 2015)
Brian Brecht's team came close to upsetting some of the top teams in the nation last year. They lost by just two goals to No. 11 Army and No. 20 Johns Hopkins. They lost heartbreaking one-goal games to No. 13 Princeton and No. 3 Maryland.
They finally got their big win when they faced the Buckeyes.
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. It was Rutgers Day. It was Senior Day. I sat in my usual area with some friends from the Riot Squad, and we were treated to Rutgers beating No. 10 Ohio State pretty handily to end the season. Pretty cool.
#5. Football: Rutgers 41, Maryland 38 (November 29, 2014)
Who doesn't love a good comeback victory? A few friends and I drove out to College Park for the game, and a friend of mine from Maryland showed us around campus. It was a great day until halftime, when I started to regret making the trip.
But we all know how this one ends, and what a difference a half makes. I went from "Why did I come here?" to "At least we're making it interesting," to "OH MYLANTA WE'RE GOING TO WIN!" Obviously, the road trip was totally worth it.
#4. Football: Rutgers 28, Arkansas 24 (September 21, 2013)
It was my first blackout game as a student, and it sure didn't disappoint. I remembered Rutgers' win at Arkansas from 2012 very well, and hoped we could do the same at home.
Being down 24-7 in the third quarter wasn't exactly what I had in mind.
But then Janarion Grant had that punt return for a touchdown, and I had hope. And when Gary Nova hit Leonte Carroo for the game-winning touchdown, the student section went absolutely nuts. It was the first of many unforgettable sports memories I made as a student.
#3. Women's Basketball: Rutgers 91, Seton Hall 79 (2OT) (March 27, 2014)
While it was an absolute joke Rutgers wasn't selected to the NCAA Tournament that year, hosting in-state rival Seton Hall for an NIT matchup was a nice consolation prize.
You might say, "It's just the NIT", but if you were there that night you wouldn't have guessed it. The Riot Squad was out in force, and Seton Hall bussed nearly a hundred students to The RAC to watch the game.
A back-and-forth affair on the court, and dueling chants between Rutgers and Seton Hall students off it made for a great atmosphere. Rutgers ended the game strongly, starting the second overtime on a 13-0 run, which had our students going nuts.
#2. Football: Rutgers 26, Michigan 24 (October 4, 2014)
One of the top things on my Rutgers bucket list was to storm the field after a football game.
The game, of course, was an absolute classic. After every big play the crowd was deafening. The long Andrew Turzilli touchdown. Nova threading the needle to John Tsimis right before halftime.
And then the block.
I was so nervous I could barely look. Were we about to have our second big home game spoiled in the final minutes? Nope. Thanks, Kemoko Turay.
So many people questioned why Rutgers would storm the field against a stinky Michigan team. But Rutgers needed a celebration like that. Since the announcement was made Rutgers would be moving to the Big Ten, all we heard were doubts and reasons we didn't belong. The Michigan win was our reminder to the Big Ten that we're not pushovers, and that's something to celebrate.
#1. Men's Basketball: Rutgers 67, Wisconsin 64 (January 11, 2015)
Let's be honest. My two years as a Rutgers student didn't give me a whole lot of men's basketball moments worth celebrating.
That's why my expectations against No. 4 Wisconsin were low. Still, I headed to The RAC during winter break to stand in my usual spot in the student section, hoping for the best.
On paper, Rutgers had no business winning that game. But somehow, against all odds, it happened. When Myles Mack hit the lay-up that essentially put the game out of reach, I'd never heard The RAC louder.
Also on my Rutgers bucket list was storming the court.
I'm looking forward to celebrating the wins and complaining about the losses with the rest of the OTB community. Were any of you at the games I listed? What are your favorite Rutgers memories? Please share in the comments below!