The play on the field was as dark as the skies on Saturday afternoon but the Scarlet Knights turned it into a sunny day when it was all said and done.
Kyle Monangai scored a 21-yard touchdown to put Rutgers ahead on the first play following a recovered kickoff by Thomas Amankwaa.
Trailing 24-13, a lifeless offense was able to show a spark and put together a 12-play, 73-yard drive capped off by a Gavin Wimsatt touchdown pass to Isaiah Washington. He found Christian Dremel for the two-point conversation to bring the Scarlet Knights to within three.
Jude McAtamney placed a pooch kickoff in the perfect spot and Michigan State did not call a fair catch. Amakwaa came away with the football and the rest is history.
When Monangai hit the end zone, Rutgers officially erased an 18-point, fourth quarter deficit to clinch a 27-24 win at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.
Monangai ran strong behind solid play up front to the tune of 148 yards on 24 carries. The Scarlet Knights did not attempt a pass on its final possession as Monangai carried the ball nine times and converted for a first down three times.
The game was as ugly as can be early on.
Michigan State marched down the field on its opening possession for a score and took advantage of a muffed punt that led to a Katin Houser rushing score to go up 14-6 at halftime. Wimsatt threw two interceptions as the offense struggled to gain any momentum. Needing a spark, special teams came up with the play that would change the course of the game.
Trailing 24-6, Rutgers was preparing to get the ball back but the snap went through the hands of Michael O’Shaughnessy. The ball was recovered by Aaron Young in the end zone for a Rutgers touchdown. From here, the defense stepped up and kept Michigan State from putting together a drive.
Dremel emerged as theta target for Wimsatt this afternoon, catching six passes for 80 yards and a key two-point conversation.
Rutgers improves to 5-2 with the win. The Scarlet Knights will have a chance to become bowl eligible next Saturday as it travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana.
Through the good and the bad on Saturday, Rutgers overcame adversity and gave fans a game they will remember forever.