Rutgers' Deshawn Freeman, shown in a game against DePaul last month, had his fifth double-double of the season. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers' Deshawn Freeman, shown in a game against DePaul last month, had his fifth double-double of the season. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Deshawn Freeman had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Rutgers past Morgan State 72-58 on Saturday night.

It was Freeman's fifth double-double this season. C.J. Gettys added 15 points for Rutgers (7-1). Nigel Johnson had 12 points and Mike Williams chipped in 10 points.

Tiwian Kendley had 26 points and Phillip Carr had 15 points for Morgan State (2-6).

Coming off the first loss of the season at Miami on Wednesday night, Rutgers appeared to be in a malaise at the start.

Morgan States jumped out to a seven-point lead three times in the first half, but after a 19-12 lead, Rutgers went on a 13-0 run to make it 25-19 with 4:27 left in the first half.

Rutgers led by as many as 15, leading 46-31 with 13:46 to go.  >>Read more. . . .


Duke guard Kyra Lambert, shown in an ACC tournament game against Notre Dame last March, had nine points in the Blue Devils' rout. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke guard Kyra Lambert, shown in an ACC tournament game against Notre Dame last March, had nine points in the Blue Devils' rout. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

A strong opening quarter powered the Duke women's basketball team past Rutgers, 68-32, Thursday evening in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Piscataway Duke is 8-1, Rutgers 1-6.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash during pregame warmup before facing Penn State Nittany Lions at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

As much as Chris Ash wants to move forward quickly after a 2-10 season first season as Rutgers' football coach, he knows that he has to spend time looking back, especially at the lowlights.

"It's not what anybody wants. I'm not satisfied with that," Ash said Wednesday. "We'll evaluate the overall big picture of the offense; special teams have not been very good. We'll assess all aspects of the process and identify ways to do better."

The Scarlet Knights allowed an average of nearly 38 points a game. They were outgained in total yardage by an average of 168 yards. There were 21 fumbles - 12 lost - and the revolving door at the quarterback position was squeezed with 34 sacks, totaling nearly the length of a football field. They finished on a nine-game losing streak, failing to win a contest in the Big Ten Conference.

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Nov 30, 2016; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Ja'Quan Newton (0) shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) during the first half at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Ja'Quan Newton (0) shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) during the first half at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Freshman Dewan Huell had 14 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes and the Miami Hurricanes scored 17 consecutive points in the second half Wednesday to beat previously undefeated Rutgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 73-61.

The 6-foot-11 Huell scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and had a couple of baskets worthy of video replays.

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Nov 26, 2016; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Saquan Hampton (9) tackles Maryland Terrapins running back Ty Johnson (6) in the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 26, 2016; College Park, MD, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Saquan Hampton (9) tackles Maryland Terrapins running back Ty Johnson (6) in the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. (Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Ty Johnson ran for 168 yards, Teldrick Morgan returned a punt 83 yards for a score and Maryland finally became bowl eligible by beating Rutgers 31-13 Saturday.

After losing four straight by a combined 191-49 score, the Terrapins (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) took the lead for good in the opening minute and cruised to the finish.

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(Noah K. Murray)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Five weeks ago, Maryland defeated Michigan State to move within a victory of becoming bowl eligible.

The situation remains unchanged.

Maryland still needs one win to earn a bowl bid under first-year coach DJ Durkin. Following an ugly four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 191-49, the Terrapins are left with one final opportunity to snag their elusive sixth victory of the season.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman steals the ball from DePaul Blue Demons forward Joe Hanel during the second half at Allstate Arena. (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports Images)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Deshawn Freeman steals the ball from DePaul Blue Demons forward Joe Hanel during the second half at Allstate Arena. (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports Images)

Deshawn Freeman was one of three Scarlet Knights to score in double figures as Rutgers beat North Texas 66-53 on Wednesday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

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Rutgers' Nigel Johnson had a career-high 20 points against Niagara.(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers' Nigel Johnson had a career-high 20 points against Niagara.(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Nigel Johnson equaled a career high with 20 points as Rutgers defeated Niagara 78-65 on Sunday in Piscataway, N.J.

 

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Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Curtis Cothran (52) during first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Curtis Cothran (52) during first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 9 Penn State outgained Rutgers 559 yards to 87, running 49 times for 339 yards (6.9 yards a carry), in a 39-0 rout of Rutgers Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J.

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Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) attempts to throw the ball during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) attempts to throw the ball during the second half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The door to a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game is wide open for Penn State and what was unthinkable just weeks ago -- a shot at the four-team College Football Playoff -- is within reach. The question now is: Can the injury-riddle Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) limp through it?

No. 9 Penn State, ranked eighth in this week's College Football Playoff poll, is expected to play without its top three offensive tackles when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to play Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) on Saturday.

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Rutgersguard Corey Sanders (3) blocks the shot of DePaul's Tre'Darius McCallum (10) during the second half. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgersguard Corey Sanders (3) blocks the shot of DePaul's Tre'Darius McCallum (10) during the second half. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds as Rutgers improved to 3-0 with a 66-59 win over DePaul Thursday in Rosemont, Ill. Deshawn Williams had nine points and nine rebounds for Rutgers, which outrebounded DePaul, 48-30.

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Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Tyler O'Connor threw three touchdown passes in the first half, and Michigan State snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 49-0 rout of Rutgers on Saturday in what was a matchup of the last two teams in the Big Ten without a conference win.

Now Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) is alone at the bottom of the league after the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead. LJ Scott ran for 103 of his 122 yards in the first half, and Demetrious Cox returned an interception for a touchdown.

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Oct 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell speaks with the media during Big Ten media day at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell speaks with the media during Big Ten media day at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Mike Williams scored 17 points as Rutgers beat Division II Molloy 86-57 on Friday night to give Steve Pikiell his first win as Scarlet Knights head coach.

It was the largest margin of victory for a head coach in their Rutgers debut.

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Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (12) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (12) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Devine Redding gave Indiana the lead with a 34-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter and caught Richard Lagow's third touchdown pass of the game in the fourth as the error-prone Hoosiers rallied for a 33-27 win over Rutgers Saturday.

Lagow was 28 of 40 for 394 yards. He hit Ricky Jones for a 36-yard score and started the second-half rally for Indiana (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) with a 40-yard TD toss to Camion Patrick.

Zander Diamont added a 59-yard touchdown run for Indiana, which turned it over four times, missed three field goals and two extra points.

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Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver John Tsimis (84) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The play was called back because Tsimis stepped out of bounds and came back in. Indiana defeated Rutgers 33-27. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver John Tsimis (84) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The play was called back because Tsimis stepped out of bounds and came back in. Indiana defeated Rutgers 33-27. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For Rutgers, this scenario is a disappointment.

For Michigan State, it was unimaginable.

The Scarlet Knights and Spartans will meet in East Lansing on Saturday in a matchup between the only two winless teams in Big Ten play. Michigan State, which went to the national semifinals last season, has lost seven games in a row - yet is still favored by about two touchdowns. That's how badly this season has gone for Rutgers.

Chris Ash, in his first season as coach at Rutgers, was somewhat dismissive of the idea that the two teams are that similar.

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(Ed Mulholland)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Winning in the Big Ten Conference hasn't been easy for Rutgers, except when it comes to Indiana.

In two-plus years in the conference, the Scarlet Knights (2-6, 0-5) have posted a 4-17 record in the league. They won three times in 2014, once the following year and none this year under new coach Chris Ash.

Indiana (4-4, 2-3) is the common thread in the wins. Rutgers beat the Hoosiers 45-23 at High Point Solutions Stadium two years ago and rallied from a 25-point deficit last year in Bloomington to post a 55-52 victory in a game that featured 1,223 combined yards of total offense.

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Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) drops back to pass in first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) drops back to pass in first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Giovanni Rescigno beat the odds to become Rutgers' starting quarterback.

When spring practice opened under first-year coach Chris Ash, Rescigno was third behind incumbent Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig, who started the season opener last year and was the backup the rest of the way. The addition of TCU transfer Zach Allen and highly touted freshman Tylin Oden in the summer beefed up the competition.

Oden was viewed as the quarterback of the future given his dual-threat ability in offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer's power-spread offense.

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Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Justin Goodwin (32) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Justin Goodwin (32) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Emmitt Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left helped Minnesota survive for a 34-32 victory against Rutgers on Saturday. Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for 156 yards and an interception. Rutgers cornerback Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, but Scarlet Knights kicker David Bongaura couldn't tie the game when he missed the PAT.

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Oct 15, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) rushes against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) rushes against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After opening the Big Ten season on a two-game skid, Minnesota found a way to right itself with a backup quarterback.Rutgers is hoping for similar results this week.Coach Chris Ash has elevated Gio Rescigno to starter for the remainder of the season, hoping that his solid play in the second half against Illinois last week can help the Scarlet Knights (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) get that elusive first conference victory.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Gio Rescigno will start at quarterback for Rutgers on Saturday against Minnesota, head coach Chris Ash said, according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

Rescigno replaces Chris Laviano, who had made 18 consecutive starts.

"Gio has quietly just worked and worked and worked," Ash said, adding that the decision to use Rescigno as the starter isn't a result of "blaming" Laviano.

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Highlights and Chris Ash's reaction to Rutgers' 24-7 loss to Illinois, their third straight.

Kendrick Foster scored two touchdowns and Darius Mosely returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown as Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-7 victory over mistake-prone Rutgers on Saturday.Foster ran 5 yards for a touchdown and caught a 5-yard scoring pass from first-time starter Chayce Crouch in helping the Fighting Illini (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) give coach Lovie Smith his first win since the season opener.

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(Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Illinois and Rutgers are struggling and facing quarterback questions.

The Illini (1-4, 0-2 Big Ten) are worried about Wes Lunt heading into Saturday's game at High Point Solutions Stadium. He hurt his back last week and his status is unclear.

Chaye Crouch filled in and did well, running for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Midway through coach Chris Ash's first season, Rutgers is exactly where most prognosticators thought they would be.

The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 0-3) are struggling.

"You guys (the media) are the experts, and in listening to the experts after the first six games, I bet each one of you in this room would have probably put us at 2-4," Ash said. "Probably not with the types of losses that we had in the last two games."

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Michigan's Jabrill Peppers had a stunning night in his return to his home state. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan's Jabrill Peppers had a stunning night in his return to his home state. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jabrill Peppers might be more than Mr. Everything for Michigan. He could be Mr. Heisman, too.

Peppers ran for a career-high two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and No. 4 Michigan routed Rutgers 78-0 on Saturday night in a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.

"If there's a better player in the country I don't know who it is," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) matched their best start since 2011 and had their largest margin of victory since an 85-0 victory in 1939 over Chicago University.

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Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) runs with the ball during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) runs with the ball during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

After getting the school's largest loss in over a century, Rutgers players and coaches said their defeat to Michigan was "embarrassing" and that the team is "hurt" emotionally. 

Michigan's biggest win since 1939 came at the expense of a struggling Rutgers squad, which totaled just 39 yards, two first downs and punted the ball 16 times. The Scarlet Knights also went 0-for-17 on third-down chances. 

"It just feels like playing a video game -- we just got spanked," senior DB Anthony Cioffi said, according to NJ.com. "We played hard, though. All four quarters. I love my brothers, but not the outcome we wanted."

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Michigan running back Karan Higdon (22) runs for a touchdown during the second half. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan running back Karan Higdon (22) runs for a touchdown during the second half. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jabrill Peppers ran for a career-high two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and No. 4 Michigan routed Rutgers 78-0 Saturday night in a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.

Peppers had scoring runs of 7 and 4 yards after taking direct snaps, and his career-long run midway through the first quarter paved the way to a 4-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaac for the first score of the game.

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Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Paramedics attend to Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Greg Jones (33) after he was injured in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)
Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Paramedics attend to Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Greg Jones (33) after he was injured in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)

Rutgers' fifth-year senior linebacker Greg Jones is going to miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash updated Jones' status Saturday, less than an hour before Rutgers was to host No. Michigan.

Jones was hurt playing against No. 2 Ohio State last weekend. He is fully recovered but has been told not play football at this time.

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(Ed Mulholland)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) If anyone wants to discuss the best college football teams in the country, just talk to Rutgers first-year coach Chris Ash.

By the end of this weekend, Ash can give a firsthand scouting report on three of the top five programs.

Rutgers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) opened the season at now-No. 5 Washington. A week ago, the Scarlet Knights spent a long Saturday in Columbus, facing No. 2 Ohio State.

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Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Marcus Baugh (85) running back Curtis Samuel (4) and wide receiver Noah Brown (80) celebrate after Baugh's touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)
Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Marcus Baugh (85) running back Curtis Samuel (4) and wide receiver Noah Brown (80) celebrate after Baugh's touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)

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 J.T. Barrett broke the school record for career touchdown passes with the third of his four TD tosses Saturday, No. 2 Ohio State's stifling defense forced Rutgers to punt on each of its 10 drives and the surging Buckeyes romped to a 58-0 victory.

Barrett was 21 for 29 for 238 yards before giving way to backup Joe Burrow near the end of the third quarter. He now has 59 TD passes in 27 career games for Ohio State.

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Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Paramedics attend to Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Greg Jones (33) after he was injured in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)
Oct 1, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Paramedics attend to Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Greg Jones (33) after he was injured in the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram)

Rutgers linebacker Greg Jones was taken to the hospital after sustaining an injury during the first quarter of Saturday's game at Ohio State. 

Jones, who was injured while assisting a tackle early in the game, was carried off the field in a stretcher and taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons after lying on the field for nearly 10 minutes, reports Keith Sargeant of NJ.com

According to Sargeant, Jones "had movement" as he communicated with the team after the injury. 

The fifth-year linebacker had 18 tackles coming into Saturday's contest. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Iowa defeated Rutgers 14-7. (Ed Mulholland)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) runs with the ball during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Iowa defeated Rutgers 14-7. (Ed Mulholland)

When Urban Meyer looks across the field to the other sideline on Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium, he'll see several familiar faces.

When the Ohio State coach watches the Rutgers defense, he'll see almost a carbon copy of the schemes that his team runs.

"It's our defense. I mean like exactly," Meyer said. "They do a very good job and their defensive line is much improved and the guys are bigger and stronger and they also stole one of our strength coaches, Kenny Parker, and it looks like it. They're very strong."

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(Ed Mulholland)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers says offensive catalyst Janarion Grant and defensive end Quanzell Lambert suffered season-ending injuries during Saturday's loss to Iowa.

Coach Chris Ash confirmed Monday that both seniors won't play again without disclosing their injuries.

Grant was hurt late in the second quarter after a 76-yard catch and run to the Hawkeyes 3. Cornerback Desmond King stepped on his ankle at the end of the play.

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Iowa Hawkeyes tight end George Kittle (46) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first half of their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Iowa Hawkeyes tight end George Kittle (46) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first half of their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Box score

Akrum Wadley scored on 26-yard run on the play after Iowa's defense forced a turnover deep in Rutgers' territory and the Hawkeyes rebounded from their stunning loss to North Dakota State with a 14-7 victory over tougher-than-expected Rutgers on Saturday.

Safety Brandon Snyder set up the score by stripping the ball from receiver Andre Patton with just under nine minute to play to help Iowa (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) win its ninth straight regular-season conference game and its seventh straight league win on the road.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Quanzell Lambert (22) reacts after stopping New Mexico during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the New Mexico 37-28. (Noah K. Murray)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Quanzell Lambert (22) reacts after stopping New Mexico during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the New Mexico 37-28. (Noah K. Murray)

If Rutgers is going to have any chance in its Big Ten Conference opener against Iowa, it can't afford another bad start.

The Scarlet Knights fell behind Washington 24-0, trailed Howard by two touchdowns and New Mexico by 21 points - all in the first quarter.

Rutgers (2-1) was able to overcome the deficits in the last two games, but it won't be so easy if Iowa (2-1) comes ready to play on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium after its loss to North Dakota State, the winner of the last five FCS national titles.

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Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs has released a letter to students following an incident in which he was caught drinking beer at a student tailgate. 

Hobbs, who had apologized for the incident earlier, described in the letter why the university shut down the tailgate area known as "The Alley." 

"[The Alley's] popularity exceeded everyone's expectations," Hobbs said in the letter. "Yesterday, due to concerns about our ability to ensure student safety, we made the decision that The Alley could not continue to be used as an area for student tailgating." 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic director Pat Hobbs is introduced during timeout of game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic director Pat Hobbs is introduced during timeout of game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Jim O'Connor)

Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs has apologized for a video surfacing of him drinking a beer at a student tailgate this past Saturday, and told NJ Advanced Media that he was attempting to restore order to what was turning into an unruly atmosphere.

"My first concern is always for the safety and well-being of our students,'' Hobbs said. "Anyone who was at the (student tailgate) Saturday knows that I was acting to ensure that.''

Last Saturday's tailgate drew between 2,500 and 3,000 students, and the university's athletic department has since announced that it would be shutting down the student tailgate at home games for the rest of the season.

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knight rides past the stadium before the start of the NCAA football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Linebacker Najee Clayton has left the Rutgers football program and his status with the team is uncertain, reports Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

Clayton was not with the team as the Scarlet Knights defeated New Mexico on Saturday afternoon, as he had left the team Friday.  

"Najee is not with us right now," head coach Chris Ash said. "He has stepped away for personal reasons right now and was not here with us today, and not sure what his status will be moving forward. But Najee Clayton is not with us right now."

Clayton had eight tackles after the first two games of the season. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Andre Patton (88) congratulates wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) after his second touchdown against Howard during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Andre Patton (88) congratulates wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) after his second touchdown against Howard during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

Box score

Wide receiver Janarion Grant threw for a touchdown and had a go-ahead 69 yard punt return for another score as Rutgers rallied from an early 21-point deficit and defeated New Mexico 37-28 on Saturday.

Halfback Robert Martin rushed for a career-high 169 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, and Chris Laviano threw a 75-yard scoring pass to Jawuan Harris in helping the Scarlet Knights (2-1) overcome a big deficit for the second straight week.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After picking up his first win, Rutgers coach Chris Ash is facing a lot of challenging teams in the next month.

It starts on Saturday with a game against New Mexico and its funky offense and finishes with a brutal opening three weeks in the Big Ten Conference with games against No. 13 Iowa, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan.

The Lobos (1-1) run a unique option offense that is bound to test the Scarlet Knights, who are coming off a 52-14 win over Howard in a game in which they trailed early by two touchdowns.

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Rutgers RB Robert Martin isn't taking his return to the starting lineup for granted, writes Keith Sargeant for NJ.com.

Martin, who missed the season opener due to hamstring and foot injuries, rushed for 83 yards on Saturday in Rutgers' win over Howard.

"I love football so much, so when you don't have that you feel kind of depressed, Martin said.''

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(Noah K. Murray)

Rutgers head coach Chris Ash said he wants a team full of players like Larry Stevens, writes Ryan Dunleavy for NJ.com.

Stevens, a freshman walk-on safety who initially committed to Army, has been playing on special teams and is listed as the backup safety.

"We were in a team meeting talking about special teams and using him as an example of how we want the game to be played with our football team," Ash said. "We can't get enough guys like Larry Stevens. He'll knock people down, get knocked down, he gets back up, goes to the sideline and asks for his next mission. We'd love to have a team full of guys like Larry Stevens."

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(Brad Penner)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers and Maryland will stage a wrestling-football doubleheader at Yankee Stadium next year.

The schools announced Tuesday the doubleheader called the "Big Ten Battle in the Bronx" will be held Nov. 4, 2017.

The wrestling match, the first in the history of the stadium, will precede the football game. There will be a contingency plan for the wrestling in case of inclement weather.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) throws a pass to Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) during second half against Howard Bison at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) throws a pass to Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) during second half against Howard Bison at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

Rutgers may have gotten a glimpse of the quarterback of the future in its one-sided win over Howard.

Based on the inconsistent performance of starter Chris Laviano, backup Tylin Oden may see more time in the present.

Oden made his debut in the fourth quarter, following the first collegiate experience of redshirt sophomore Giovanni Rescigno, who had one rush for a 42-yard touchdown. Oden had nine rushes for 59 yards, including a run of 30 yards.

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Chris Carlin catches up with Rutgers head coach Chris Ash to discuss the Scarlet Knights' first win, 52-14 over Howard.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Janarion Grant scored three touchdowns and Rutgers overcame an early scare against Howard in posting a 52-14 victory on Saturday, giving new coach Chris Ash his first win.

Grant resurrected a stunned Rutgers (1-1) from a 14-0 first quarter deficit with an 84-yard kickoff return, and he was in the center of a 21-point third quarter with touchdown runs of 58 and 21 yards.

Quarterback Chris Laviano added three touchdown passes as the Scarlet Knights scored the final 52 points in wearing down Howard (0-2), an FCS opponent that was facing its second straight Big Ten Conference opponent.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash walks the sidelines against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter at Husky Stadium. Washington won 48-13. (Jennifer Buchanan)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash walks the sidelines against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter at Husky Stadium. Washington won 48-13. (Jennifer Buchanan)

For most Big Ten Conference football teams, a step-down game is one to put in the win column.

After being blown out by now No. 8 Washington in Chris Ash's coaching debut at Rutgers, it's hard to know what to expect when the Scarlet Knights face Howard on Saturday.

Rutgers did not play well in dropping a 48-13 decision to the Huskies. They trailed 24-0 after the first quarter, 34-3 at the half and 48-3 after three quarters.

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Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano throws out a pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium.  (Jennifer Buchanan (USA Today))
Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano throws out a pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. (Jennifer Buchanan (USA Today))

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) The opponent will be very different for Rutgers in week two. The Scarlet Knights vow to take Howard as seriously as they did Washington - though they expect different results.

Rutgers was blown out by Washington in the first game with Chris Ash as coach.

"After a loss like that you got two choices to make and everyone's coming to work and everyone's ready to go this week and we're approaching this opponent just like any other opponent," Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano said. "It doesn't matter if it's FCS."

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Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross (1) skips into the end zone in front of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights cheerleaders after scoring on a 50-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter at Husky Stadium. (Jennifer Buchanan)
Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross (1) skips into the end zone in front of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights cheerleaders after scoring on a 50-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter at Husky Stadium. (Jennifer Buchanan)

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SEATTLE -- Shortly after sustaining a knee injury in the spring of 2015 that would cost him the season, Washington'sJohn Ross placed the Rutgers logo on a calendar app on his phone, a countdown to when he'd finally get back on the field for the Huskies.

His return proved worth the wait.

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 (David Banks)
(David Banks)

An offseason of high expectations for Washington ends Saturday when the No. 14 Huskies host Rutgers, which will be playing its first game under coach Chris Ash.

Ash spent the past two seasons as the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2014. He also coordinated defenses at Arkansas and Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, much of the optimism around Washington centers on third-year coach Chris Petersen, who is only 15-12 in two seasons with the Huskies but had a long run of success at Boise State before that.

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(John Munson)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Darius Hamilton's technique is as flawless is any defensive lineman in the country. So is his knowledge of the game.

But what stands out most to Hamilton's coaches and teammates at Rutgers is his ability to flip the switch.

"When he walks on the field he changes. He's a different guy," defensive line coach Shane Burnham said. "I've been around him. He's a great kid. He'll do well in whatever he does in life, but when he gets on that field he turns into a nasty kid and that's what I like to see."

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Maryland Terrapins at High Points Solutions Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Chris Laviano will be the starting quarterback for Rutgers.

First-year coach Chris Ash announced the decision on Monday, less than two weeks before the season opener at Washington.

Laviano started 11 games last season in Kyle Flood's final year as coach. He edged TCU transfer Zach Allen, fellow redshirt junior Hayden Rettig and redshirt sophomore Giovanni Rescigno for the job.

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