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Throw Back Thursday: this week in Rutgers football history, week 7

A different look at our weekly history lesson

Louisville Cardinals v Rutgers Scarlet Knights Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

After a bye week, Rutgers picks up the ball and welcomes Ohio State to Piscataway. But that’s now....what was then? Let’s go back to....

This Rutgers....Football....History (*echoing* history...history....history)

Last year: October 8. Michigan. Stripe the Birthplace, except the stripes were black and blue as Coach Khaki couldn’t help himself from running up a 78-0 hurt on the Knights. Wait, did Michigan just score again.

Note to self: consider not talking about last year’s games anymore.

This week, we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to look at games that occurred on one date, in this case October 14, in the history of RU Football.

Since Oct. 14, 1882, the first time Rutgers ever played on the date, RU’s record stands at 7-9-2. The longest win streak for the date was five games, between 1950 and 1978. The longest losing streak was four, between 1882 (the first contest) and 1899.

An interesting point: as I went back in time, the date appeared every six years. That is, in the later years. As I looked farther back, it became clear that Saturdays were not the only days for football. For example, in 1879, Rutgers played all five of its games in November....over the course of just 15 days. In 1882, they played six games in 20 days. It wasn’t until the turn of the 20th Century that thee seems to be a semblance of playing only once per week.

History lesson: the NCAA was formed in 1905 after a series of White House meetings were convened by President Theodore Roosevelt to “reform” college football due to the many injuries and deaths that occurred. Yeah, once a week was enough.

2006: Rutgers traveled to Annapolis to take on the Middies. It was a good day for the visitors as RU went yo 6-0 on the season, winning 34-0. Mike Teel led the Scarlet with a career-high 215 yards and three touchdowns and the Rutgers defense held the nation's top rushing offensive (350 yards per game) to just 113 yards on the ground.

1989: This was a strange year for the Knights. The team went 2-7-2. And the two ties were the first two games of the season! Yet it only lost to Penn State 17-0, to BC 9-7, and to No. 19 West Virginia 21-20 in Morgantown. But on October 14, Rutgers did something else unusual: it traveled to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. It was the last year of the Dick Anderson era and the home team topped the Knights, 33-26.

1978: The Huskies of Connecticut traveled to Piscataway. They lost, 10-0. Not much to report; just like announcing wins over UConn.

1961: The Knights would go udefeated this season (9-0) and turn down a bowl invitation; Mason Gross felt it would detract from studying. Anyway, on Oct. 14, RU traveled to Bucknell and topped the Bison, 21-6. Rutgers never had a full season undefeated team before this one and would have only one other, in 1976.

1950: The start of the five game Oct. 14 win streak was in Piscataway against Temple. It was only an eight game season, and the Knights would go 4-4. The 26-20 win over the Owls would be RU’s first of the season after losses to Syracuse and Princeton on the road. Rutgers would win all its home games and lose the four on the road.

1944: The war would be over in another year. Like the 1943 season, the ‘44 season was only five games long with Rutgers going 3-2 in each season. On Oct. 14 of 1944, the Queensmen hosted the Leopards of Lafayette. And were crushed 39-0. It was, interestingly, the second of two games against Lafayette that season; on Sept. 30, Rutgers went to Easton and lost, 19-6.

1933: A trip upstate to Hamilton, NY marked this edition of the Oct. 14 games. It was, in fact, the very first of 42 meetings between the two schools. A strong Red Raider squad (6-1-1) would handle the Chanticleers by a 25-2 score. In a rare for this era ten-game schedule , Rutgers would finish the season at 6-3-1.

1916: Wow! 101 years ago. The game was played in New Brunswick, not Piscataway. Rutgers Stadium would open in 1938, but this game against Washington & Lee was played at Neilson Field. That’s just behind Brower Commons on the site of Records Hall. The Generals and the Queensmen would battle to a 13-13 tie. Today, W & L plays D3 football in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. As a bonus factoid, Rutgers would also play Washington & Jefferson in the last game of the season at the Polo Grounds in NYC. They would lose that game 12-9 to complete a 3-2-2 season.

There were four more games on October 14 between 1911 and 1882; RU lost all four. Well, I guess more accurately R C lost all four, including the only Princeton contest on this date. In 1882, Princeton defeated Rutgers 6 goals to 5 goals. And, of course, the game was at Princeton.

Next week: Rutgers hosts Purdue for Homecoming. We’ll be here on #TBT to look at what happened the week of Oct. 15-21 in Rutgers....Football....History (*echoing* history...history....history)