Homecoming has come and gone but not the win streak! Keep enjoying it. We deserve it. But for now....
This Week....in Rutgers....Football....History (*echoing* history...history....history)
Last year: October 22 and the Knights were in Minnesnowta to face the Gophers. Down 18 points, redshirt sophomore Giovanni Rescigno was 22-of-38 for 220 yards passing and three touchdowns in his first career start for RU (2-6, 0-5). Alas, it was not enough as the Knights dropped a heartbreaker, 34-32. That Rescigno kid still around?
2007, ten years ago: The previous week Rutgers beat No. 2/ 3 USF, 30-27 in a phenomenal Thursday night game. And this week on Oct. 27, Rutgers hosted No. 6 West Virginia. It was West Virginia....do I have to go into more detail? I will any way. Ray Rice rushed for 142 yards in the rain but it was hardly enough as the Mountaineers left Piscataway with a 31-3 victory.
1992, 25 years ago: Here I was just trying to do some easy math and....we were on a bye. But I really can’t pass on this one, just a week off. It was Halloween. The prior week, the Knights topped Army at Giants Stadium, 45-10. And this week, Rutgers would beat Virginia Tech as Bryan Fortay hit a stretched out Chris Brantley for a score in an incredible 50-49 victory. RU went 7-4 on the season.
1973: October 27 was Homecoming at Rutgers and the Knights hosted Columbia. On their way to a 6-5 season, the Knights topped the Lions, 28-2. J.J.Jennimgs ran for 100 yards and scored his 15th touchdown of the season. Columbia’s only score was a safety late in the fourth quarter when a third string center snapped the ball over punter John Piccirillo’s head.
1971: Columbia obviously liked coming to Rutgers around this time of year as they made the trek from Manhattan to Piscataway on Oct. 23. In what was then the second oldest rivalry in college football, Rutgers dropped a close one to the big cats, 17-16.
Throughout the 1971 season, each issue of Rutgers Athletic News, the game day program, featured something new happening on the different campuses. This issue featured the development of the “science campus” at the Heights, what today is Busch campus. Inside, photos and a story told of the extensive new construction.
1954: Oct. 23 and a trip out Rt 22 to Bethlehem and a contest against the Engineers of Lehigh. The trip out was easier than the one back, as the the scarlet took a 33-13 thumping.
1953: Why go back just one year, Bob? Because I had a program to show you. It was Oct. 24 and the 50th anniversary of games between the Fordham Rams and the Queensmen. The visitors put the thumping on the homestanding scarlet, 40-13.
By the way, for those of you who grumble about the price of admission today, game tickets for this one were $3.00 for reserved seats and $1.50 for general admission. In today’s dollars, that would be $27.23 and $13.87 respectively. I guess Harvey Harman was making a lot less back then than Chris Ash is now.
1949: Last one for today, class. October 22 and RU was making the trek up to Hamilton, NY for its game against Colgate. In later years, when I was a college lad, the Colgate game was traditionally the last game as the Red Raiders made their “southern trip” to New Jersey. In this contest Rutgers dominated, winning 35-13. It was a renewal of a series that started in 1933 but hadn’t been played since 1935. This was one of only two wins by the Scarlet in the first ten meetings between the schools.
Next week: It’s time for wrestling! And football. At the Big Ballpark in the Bronx. Maryland comes to (another) town and we’ll be here on #TBT to look at what happened the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 in Rutgers....Football....History (*echoing* history...history....history)