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Rutgers Football Still Winless in B1G Play

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After back to back losses for a combined 8 points against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3; 4-3) and the Indiana Hoosiers (5-5; 3-4), it appeared the Scarlet Knights (2-8; 0-7) were turning the corner, but a lopsided loss to the Michigan State Spartans (3-7; 1-6) 49-0 has the RU faithful yearning for that silver lining. Unfortunately it is difficult to find positive takeaways when getting shutout 49-0.

The Scarlet Knights came into East Lansing, MI as big underdogs, but most did not expect the Spartans to pitch a shut out given the Scarlet Knight’s recent success with Gio Rescigno under center. Despite Gio’s struggles against Michigan State, he is still completing over 50% of his passes, and 5.91 yards per attempt in only his third start.

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The Scarlet Knight’s offense struggled as a whole producing 149 yards of total offense compared to their season average of 312 yards (-163). Meanwhile the Spartans produced 440 yards of total offense, compared to their season average of 402 yards (+38). The Scarlet Knights defense continues to struggle against the run giving up 277 yards, compared to the Spartan’s season average of 164 (+113) yards per game.

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Third Down woes also continued for the Scarlet Knights as they converted only 3-12 (25%) third downs, after only converting 1-16 (6.25%) against the Indiana Hoosiers. Here is a breakdown of Rutgers’ offense by down (stats prior to MSU game).

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With two games remaining on the schedule, let’s hope the Scarlet Knights can put this poor outing behind them. They face a tough Penn State team (8-2; 6-1) at home next Saturday at 8PM on the Big Ten Network.