August 18, 2015 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Some important things have changed since Rutgers began its first football season in the Big Ten last year. The Scarlet Knights got better as the season wound down. They closed by winning three of their last four games, scoring at least 40 points in those victories and closing their first campaign in a new conference with a 40-21 victory over North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. But going into this season, which they open at home against Norfolk State on Sept.
October 6, 2014 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When Penn State visits Michigan next Saturday, the Nittany Lions will be facing a reeling team that continues to be among this year's biggest disappointments in college football. The struggles of one of college football's once-elite programs continued Saturday night with a 26-24 loss to Rutgers before a sellout crowd of 53,327 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Michigan is 2-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten, and those howls for coach Brady Hoke's job won't be silenced by this performance.
September 16, 2014 |
For Penn State's players from New Jersey like Bill Belton, Brandon Bell, and Angelo Mangiro, coming back to the Garden State for one of the most historic games in the annals of Rutgers football and winning could not have been sweeter. Belton (Winslow Township High) raced 5 yards for a touchdown thanks to a terrific block by Mangiro, a junior center from Roxbury, N.J., with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play Saturday to give the Nittany Lions a 13-10 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the teams' Big Ten opener at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Bell, a sophomore linebacker from Oakcrest High, had an interception in the fourth quarter, one of five thrown by Gary Nova.
September 12, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Paul James is not an easy man to bring to the ground. Just ask Washington State. James, Rutgers' 6-foot, 205-pound running back, doesn't intimidate in stature, but rather his running style - he hits the hole with speed and power. After running for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries against the Cougars to open the season, James has caught the attention of Penn State, namely its linebackers. So far, the Nittany Lions' defensive front four have made things look easy.
September 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Five times James Franklin hammered home what he wanted to talk about at his weekly news conference Tuesday, but he still had justifiable doubts about his attempt to steer the conversation. "I would like to talk about Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers and then maybe a little bit more about Rutgers," Franklin said as he addressed the media for the first time since the NCAA's announcement that the team's bowl ban had been lifted. "It's probably not going to happen, though.
August 27, 2014 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The expectations from the outside are low as Rutgers begins its first season as a Big Ten football team, but the future financial projections are much better. In a writers' poll organized by Cleveland.com, Rutgers was picked to finish seventh and last in the Big Ten Eastern Division. While Rutgers adjusts to the rugged competition, the school and its fans are excited about the benefits that being in the Big Ten will bring the football program. A program-record 30,721 football season tickets have been sold, breaking the old mark of 30,500 set in 2009.
August 12, 2014 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A year ago, two players with Philadelphia-area ties had breakthrough seasons for the Rutgers football team. As Rutgers prepares for its inaugural Big Ten season, junior running back Paul James (Glassboro High) and junior tight end Tyler Kroft (Downingtown East) will now be looking to build on their strong campaigns. James rushed for 881 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games. He missed four games last season with a lower leg injury. After the first three games, James was leading the country with 493 yards rushing.
February 7, 2014 |
As Rutgers begins play in the Big Ten this year, the Scarlet Knights have a 26-member recruiting class. But it's a player who won't be able to compete until 2015 who is among the most intriguing prospects. That's because quarterback Philip Nelson is the one player in this recruiting class with actual Big Ten experience. Nelson has transferred to Rutgers after playing two seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he made 16 starts and appeared in 19 games. In the two years he completed 169 of 338 passes for 2,179 yards, 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
November 5, 2013 |
Players of the weekend National: Princeton's Quinn Epperly set an NCAA record by completing his first 29 passes in a 53-20 win over Cornell. Local: Withler Marcelin carried 28 times for 168 yards as Rowan beat SUNY Cortland, 10-9. Around town Rutgers 23, Temple 20 It's hard enough to lose one game a season on a last-second pass. Or even one every 3 or 4 years. The Owls (1-8, 0-5 AAC) have now done it twice in less than 2 months. Remember Fordham?
November 1, 2013 |
As far as quarterback controversies go, it's probably best to have them early, settle things, and move on. This, however, is the opposite of what is going on at Rutgers, which will host Temple on Saturday. After a three-interception performance, junior starter Gary Nova was benched in favor of senior Chas Dodd in a 49-14 home loss to Houston. So second-year coach Kyle Flood announced an open competition between the two at the beginning of the week. On Sunday, Flood said he would make a decision by Thursday on which player would quarterback the Scarlet Knights (4-3, 1-2 American Athletic Conference)