Here we go again. Saturday morning in October. Perfect for football. The week before our long-awaited bye, Rutgers travels all the way to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers for their homecoming game.
Hopefully we can spoil their homecoming the way ours was spoiled.
Giovanni Rescigno is the starter for the Knights today. Gio has given a little more hope and life into this fan base that has been practically depleted by terrible losses this year. If Gio can go to Minnesota and win this game, Gio will be loved campus-wide.
Speaking of quarterbacks...
Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner has been cleared from concussion protocol, per @JoeCStrib of the @StarTribune— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) October 22, 2016
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Piscataway ✈️➡️ Minnesota. #LateKnightPost #TheHunt pic.twitter.com/wuNPz0NrBQ— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) October 22, 2016
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Leidner has been warming up this morning. Meanwhile, the line is down to Minnesota 17. Gophers without a starting CB b/c of legal issues— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) October 22, 2016
Just like when teams last met in hoops, #Gophers short-handed vs. #Rutgers. This time, it's restraining orders. https://t.co/N0q92tP350 #B1G— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) October 22, 2016
Minnesota’s Shannon Brooks gets a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Gophers up early
7-0 Minnesota 10:01 remaining in the quarter
Giovanni Rescigno and the Rutgers offense had little trouble moving the ball themselves.
In the red zone on third down, Gio got sacked forcing David Bonagura to kick a field goal
7-3 Minnesota 5:57 left in the quarter
Minnesota is having no trouble with our defense.
They score again, this time via a Rodney Smith 6-yard run
14-3 Gophers 1:55 left in the quarter
Giovanni Rescigno fumbled the ball giving Minnesota great field position
As mentioned, Minnesota has had no trouble moving the ball.
This time was no different as Mitch Leidner runs it in fro two yards out for the Gopher touchdown
21-3 Minnesota with 21 seconds left in the first
At midfield on third down, the Scarlet Knights’ offense sputters forcing Michael Cintron to punt
Rutgers got the ball back and Gio looked extraordinary.
He moved the ball well with his arm and his feet.
To cap it all off, he threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Justin Goodwin
Touchdown Rutgers!!! The first touchdown scored on the Golden Gophers in the first half in conference play all year.
21-10 Minnesota 7:48 left in the half
Gio now has 56 yards passing and 54 yards rushing. Solid day for sure
Unfortunately, our defense is really bad. Minnesota makes a huge play to put them right back in the red zone.
Minnesota, luckily, gets called for a personal foul. After Leidner got tackled short of the sticks, Rutgers forces fourth down
The kick is no good! the 34-yard attempt from Emmit Carpernter is no good!
Just under four minutes to go, Tylin Oden and Trey Sneed get a little work. Coach Ash wants to get the young guys some work
Giovanni comes in on third down, and gets brought down behind the line of scrimmage
On a deep throw to Andre Patton, Patton goes to the ground after the incompletion.
He goes off under his own power thankfully, but keep your eye on this
A couple of plays later, Gio is showing some discomfort.
Rutgers and Gio were moving the ball exquisitely. Next thing you know, interception in the end zone.
Minnesota gets the ball back with 30 seconds left in the half. Gio needs to make better decisions than that.
21-10 Minnesota at Halftime
Jack Lynne of Minnesota gets called for a targeting penalty and is ejected and will miss the first half of the Gopher’s next game
Andre Patton makes the beautiful catch for 37 yards and a RUTGERS TOUCHDOWN!
21-17 Minnesota 13:29 left in the quarter.
Minnesota takes the ball down the field and answers right back with a Emmit Carpenter field goal
24-17 Minnesota 9:21 left in the quarter
On one of the few passing plays Minnesota has actually run, Leidner threw an interception to Damon Hayes who returns it all the way to the house for a touchdown
David Bonagura misses the XP
Gotta love Rutgers football though as Minnesota returns the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown
On Rutgers’ next drive, Gio gets picked off again giving the Gophers the ball and all of the momentum
Rutgers stops the Gophers on third down giving them fourth and short on the ten.
The fourth down play was so close a measurement was needed. Rutgers gets the ball back by an inch
With Justin Goodwin and Josh Hicks moving the ball for the offense, Rutgers has the ball at midfield going into the third quarter
31-23 Minnesota after three quarters
Despite Gio’s picks, he has looked very composed and well both under pressure and in big situations.
It also helps he can run it very well himself as well as throw on the run
Giovanni Rescigno throws a beautiful ball to Jawuan Harris for the Rutgers Touchdown!!
Rutgers will go for two, but fails
31-29 Minnesota 11:54 to play
A false start on 4&2 for the Gophers turns into 4&7 after they false start. Coach Ash was amped up to say the least.
Minnesota punts the ball back to Rutgers who is looking to finally get ahead in this game.
Unfortunately, Rutgers went three-and-out
On another fourth down, Ruters makes another incredible stop! I kind of feel bad for being mad at the defense earlier this game
On Michael Cintron’s punt, Minnesota muffs the fair catch and Rutgers recovers!
Rutgers has the ball back in great field position!
Rutgers could not get the touchdown, but David Bonagura comes up clutch hitting the 39-yard field goal
Rutgers finally leads for the first time in over four games
32-31 Rutgers with four minutes to play
Minnesota is moving the ball down the field and they are in field goal range with 40 seconds to go
Rodney Smith was hit short of the sticks, but somehow gets out of hit and gets the first down and then some
On the 14, Minnesota has the ball who are running the ball to run out the clock for the last second field goal
Emmit Carpenter enters the game for the game-winner with 10 seconds to play
Chris Ash uses the ol’ Ice the Kicker trick, lets see if it works
It does not as the Gophers go up 34-32 with a mere 6 seconds to play
Game is over. Rutgers loses 34-32