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Creighton pulls away in 2nd half to beat Rutgers 85-75
Creighton Bluejays guard Khyri Thomas (2) dribbles the ball while Rutgers Scarlet Knights players DJ Foreman (1) and Ibrahima Diallo (32) defend during the first half at MGM Grand. (Joshua Dahl)

Cole Huff scored 26 points, and Creighton broke open a close game with 13 consecutive points in the second half to beat Rutgers 85-75 Monday night in the Main Event tournament at the MGM Grand.

Huff, who sat out last season after transferring from Nevada, made 10 of 19 shots and had seven rebounds for the Bluejays.

Creighton plays UMass for the title on Wednesday night.

Creighton overcame a 43-40 halftime deficit with a 14-3 run to open the second half. Rutgers closed to 65-62 on two free throws and a driving layup from Deshawn Freeman. But back-to-back 3-pointers from Huff and Isaiah Zierden put the Bluejays in front by nine.

After Huff and James Milliken each made two free throws, Creighton was in front 78-62.

Maurice Watson Jr. had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Creighton (3-1). Milliken added 10 off the bench.

Corey Sanders led Rutgers (3-2) with 21 points. Bishop Daniels had 15 and Freeman finished with 14.



Rutgers: Corey Sanders, a freshman from Lakeland, Fla., sat out his team's opener after playing in a non-sanctioned event last summer. He has scored in double figures in three of the four games he's played.

Creighton: The Bluejays' transition game has been their staple this season. They had 30 fast-break points against Texas Southern earlier this month and 24 against Texas-San Antonio last week, but stalled against Rutgers, totaling just two off the break.


Rutgers' Mike Williams made just 1 of 5 attempts from 3-point distance after hitting on 5 of 8 Saturday against Central Arkansas.


Creighton plays UMass on Wednesday night in the Main Event championship game.

Rutgers plays Clemson on Wednesday.

Williams scores 25 points to lead Rutgers past Central Arkansas
Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan reacts to a call during a game against Howard. (AP)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan hopes his sophomore guard Mike Williams dedicated this game to his grandmother.

After not being able to come see him play in nearly a year, Eva Johnson made the trip from Brooklyn, New York, Saturday to see her grandson play after having minor surgery. Williams gave her quite the get-well gift, scoring a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers to lead Rutgers past Central Arkansas 87-84 Saturday in the second of two opening round games of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.

"I was just playing basketball to be honest," Williams said. "I was taken what was given to me. I guess I wanted to give her a show because she came all the way out here to see me."

Deshawn Freeman scored a career-high 23 points with 10 rebounds, Corey Sanders added 14 points for Rutgers (3-1) and D.J. Foreman, 10 with nine rebounds.

"He's just scratching the surface. He can be better," Jordan said of Freeman, a junior college transfer. "Trying to get a better feel for paying on this level, too."

Jordan Howard scored 19 points while Derreck Brooks had 21 points and seven rebounds for Central Arkansas (0-3).

"We know Jordan can score. There was a reason he led the league in 3-point shooting last year," Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell said. "He got out here yesterday and got some extra shots and I felt like he was going to have a big game."

Central Arkansas lost their first two games of the season at Tulsa and at UMass by a combined 44 points. The Bears led the Scarlet Knights by as many as 7 points in the first half and the game was tied at 38 at the half.

Williams opened the second half with a 3-pointer off a pass from Sanders to give Rutgers a 41-38 lead. The Scarlet Knights held on until Mike Martin hit a fast-break jump shot off a pass from Jordan Howard and the Bears led 67-66 with 8:08 remaining.

And with just under five minutes left, Central Arkansas looked poised for the upset.

Jake Zuilhof made a layup on an assist from Jeff Lowery at 4:41 and Brooks made a layup on an assist by Justin Foreman at the 3:49 mark make it 75-71.

Sanders gave Rutgers a 76-75 lead with 2:45 to play on a layup and had a steal on the ensuing possession that led to a fast-break layup to make it 78-75.

"That was important just getting the crowd back into it, get more momentum for myself and my team," Sanders said.

After UCA tied it at 81 with 55 seconds left on a jumper by Brooks, Freeman scored on a layup to give Rutgers a 2-point lead.

Foreman blocked Howard's layup with 20 seconds left and Sanders iced the game with a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions.

"It was really important for us just to ice the game and seal out the game and close it out," Sanders said. "I just went to the line, focused on making the shots and they just went down"


Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are in the middle of an eight-day stretch where they will play eight games.

Central Arkansas: This was the first game Central Arkansas has played in New Jersey.


After getting 105 points off the bench through the first three games, Rutgers had just 13 points from its bench Saturday.


Rutgers is off to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2009-10. The Scarlet Knights have the opportunity to go 4-1 for the first time since 2007-08.


Rutgers plays against Creighton in Las Vegas in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event on Monday.

Central Arkansas hosts UTSA on Monday.

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Paul James' three touchdowns lead Rutgers past Army
Nov 21, 2015; West Point, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Paul James (34) rushes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Paul James rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and Rutgers beat Army 31-21 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Rutgers (4-7) has won nine straight in the series with Army (2-9).

Army was poised to pull within a field goal with 5:22 left in the fourth quarter when Josh Hicks' interception in the end zone sealed it for the Scarlet Knights.

Chris Carter, who took first-team snaps at quarterback in Army practices during the week while starter Ahmad Bradshaw wore a boot on an injured right foot, made his first career start as backup A.J. Schurr also was injured.

Carter gained 111 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored once, and was spot-on with several pitches to help key Army's triple option. He also completed 4 of 6 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.

Chris Laviano was 13-of-21 passing for 105 yards and no turnovers for Rutgers.

Rutgers, Army face off as two teams deal with similar issues
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Kyle Flood of Rutgers and Army's Jeff Monken are dealing with the same problem: their teams are headed in the wrong direction.

At least one will reverse field on Saturday when the Black Knights (2-8) host the Scarlet Knights (3-7) at Michie Stadium. Both teams still have something to play for despite their records.

Army, of course, has the season finale next month against Navy, one last chance to salvage a positive from another tough year. And despite the certainty of a sub-.500 season, Flood's squad still has a glimmer of hope to play in a bowl game.

If the Scarlet Knights can break their four-game losing streak and win their final two games, that would put them at 5-7. Under NCAA rules they would be eligible for the postseason if there aren't enough six-win teams to fill all of the slots in this year's 41 bowl-game schedule.

"You play your heart out, you play with pride, you don't stop," Rutgers captain Quentin Gause said. "We've got some guys that heads may be down and whatever, but I had a big talk with them the other day and just told them you have to stay focused. Keep fighting. Give up is not in my language."

Flood says he'll think about the postseason if and when the time comes.

"We are going to do everything we can this week to be 1-0," he said.

Ditto for the Black Knights, who have lost six games by a combined 26 points - two on field goals at home on the final play, including last week to Tulane.

That's getting old for Monken.

"If you just get discouraged and hang your lip and feel sorry for yourself, they're never going to get turned around," the second-year coach said. "You got to get rid of disappointment and discouragement and ... be determined that you're going to turn it, that it's going to get better, and to keep fighting. I don't know if there is a better lesson for our guys."

Some things to know when Rutgers visits Army on Saturday:



Army honors 24 seniors in their final home game, a class that has experienced only 11 victories in four years. Eight of those wins have come at Michie Stadium and include triumphs over Air Force and Boston College.

"They may not leave here with the record they would have hoped they would have earned, but they are doing things right now to build this program to a championship level," Monken said.



Since 2001, Rutgers has gone 12-2 against teams that feature the triple option. The Scarlet Knights have held those opponents to an average of 46.4 yards below their season average.



Army has 15 sacks for 69 lost yards this season and should be salivating because Rutgers has allowed 25 sacks for 207 lost yards. The Scarlet Knights have a season-high 24 players listed on the initial injury report, including five offensive linemen.

"We just have to do a better job protecting," left tackle Keith Lumpkin said. "It's the details. We just have to ... get our things corrected."



Rutgers is trying to make a bowl for the 10th time in 11 years and fourth straight under Flood.



Army thrives on the run, averaging 253.3 yards per game and nearly 5 yards per carry, and so does Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are the only Big Ten team with two backs with at least 600 rushing yards this season - Josh Hicks (613) and Robert Martin (622). The trio of Hicks, Martin and Paul James is averaging 5.45 yards per carry.

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:00:59
Chris Carlin talks with St. John's basketball coach Chris Mullin after the Red Storm's big comeback win against Rutgers.

Box score | Play-by-play

NEW YORK -- Federico Mussini and Yankuba Sima scored 13 points each and St. John's recovered from a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat Rutgers 61-59 on Thursday night.

The Red Storm trailed 45-29 with 14:04 left but rallied and improved to 3-0 under first-year head coach Chris Mullin. Ron Mvouika added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Mussini's free throws tied it 58-all with 2:31 left, and Mvouika's free throws gave them a 60-59 lead with 1:18 left.

Rutgers (2-1) had possession in the final 15.9 seconds, still trailing by 1. But Bishop Daniels lost control near midcourt after getting bumped by Felix Balamou. Rutgers' Corey Sanders recovered but tripped and turned it over to Christian Jones, who drew the foul. Jones made 1 of 2 free throws.

Daniels made a 3-pointer that was waived for coming after the buzzer. Daniels had 21 points and Mike Williams added 13





Tags: Chris Mullin , Eddie Jordan , St. John's University
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Nelson moving, released from hospital
Rutgers center Derrick Nelson was released from the hospital after suffering a scary injury Saturday night. (AP)

Rutgers center Derrick Nelson is out of the hospital after being carted off the field following a helmet-to-helmet collision late in Saturday's home against Nebraska.

The university said the junior was released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on Saturday night. He left walking under his own power.

Nelson was hurt with 58 seconds left in Rutgers' 31-14 loss. He was hurt trying to make a tackle after Nebraska intercepted a Chris Laviano pass. He was on the field for at least five minutes before being loaded onto a cart.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said after the game that Nelson had movement in his extremities.

Sanders' 15 points in debut lead Rutgers past Howard, 82-70
Rutgers guard Corey Sanders scored 15 points in his long-awaited debut Sunday. (AP)

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders' long-awaited debut lived up to the hype.

The highly-touted recruit scored 15 points in his debut to lead Rutgers past Howard 82-70 on Sunday.

Sanders sat out the season opener, serving a one-game, self-imposed penalty from Rutgers and accepted by the NCAA for participation in a non-sanctioned basketball event over the summer.

"Corey is that guy. He's going to be a great player in the Big Ten," sophomore guard Mike Williams said. "He's flashy, he's got the confidence., he's got the swagger and that's what we need on this team and I'm glad he's my teammate."

Deshawn Freeman scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had seven rebounds for Rutgers while D.J. Foreman scored 13 points with eight rebounds. After his first career double-double on Friday against Rutgers-Newark, Williams had six points and two rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (2-0).

James Daniel led Howard (0-2) with 21 points. James Miller chipped in 14 and Damon Collins 10 for the Bison.

Sanders' first highlight dunk put Rutgers up 50-41 with 12:26 left. Sanders took a long pass from Freeman on a fast break.

"That first dunk - it was amazing," Sanders said. "I just knew when I got the leak out that I was going to get it and I was going to throw it down, so that was the `Welcome to college dunk.' But I've got plenty more coming."

A dunk by Foreman off a pass from Freeman gave Rutgers its first double-digit lead at 54-43 with 10:12 remaining. Rutgers' largest lead was 58-44 with 8:55 left.

Howard got within six, 60-54, on a Marcel Boyd free throw with 5:56 to play. But Rutgers then went on an 8-0 run.

Sanders debuted with 15:34 left in the first half. His first basket came on a 3-point play at 12:58 to snap a 10-10 tie and give Rutgers a lead it wouldn't surrender.

"This is what I've been waiting for," Sanders said. "This is what I've been dreaming abaout. So it's not nerve-wracking. It's more like let's get it on."

A fast-break layup by Sanders to make it 21-13 at 9:59 got the crowd to its feet at a timeout.

Rutgers led Howard 35-27 at the half after a pair of free throws from Justin Goode.


Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights went 1 of 12 from beyond the arc. They didn't hit their first three-pointer until just over three minutes left in the game courtesy of Sanders.

Howard: The Bison weren't much better from three-point land, going 2 of 11.


Rutgers did a good job sharing the basketball with good ball movement. The Scarlet Knights notched 18 assists for the second straight game, led by Sanders with five.

"We're a good passing team," Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said. "We're unselfish. That's a good quality to have."


Rutgers visits St. John's on Thursday.

Howard hosts Medgar Evers on Friday.


Tags: Corey Sanders
Nebraska crushes Rutgers' bowl hopes
Nebraska ended Rutgers' bowl hopes with a 31-14 blowout win Saturday night in New Jersey. (AP)

Box score | Play-by-play

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Tight end Cethan Carter rambled 32 yards for a touchdown on his first career carry and caught one of three touchdown passes by Tommy Armstrong as Nebraska kept its bowl hopes alive with a 31-14 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore also caught touchdown passes and Drew Brownkicked a 44-yard field goal as the Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) won their second straight and put themselves in position for a .500 regular season and a bowl bid if they can beat No. 8 Iowa at home on Nov. 27.

Robert Martin scored on a 1-yard run and quarterback Chris Lavianocaught a 5-yard touchdown pass from receiver Janarion Grant for Rutgers (3-7, 1-6), which lost its fourth straight game and any chance of reaching a bowl, putting coach Kyle Flood's future in jeopardy after a turbulent season.

Nebraska's defense limited Rutgers to 259 yards. It sacked Laviano (13 of 27 for 165 yards) six times and had 11 tackles for losses and made two interceptions.

Rutgers center Derrick Nelson was hurt on the last interception with 58 seconds to play. He had to be carted off the field with an undetermined injury after medical personnel worked on him for at least five minutes.


Coming off a stunning 39-38 win over previously unbeaten Michigan State, Nebraska jumped all over Rutgers, opening a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. The Scarlet Knights intercepted Armstrong three times and got within 21-14 on Laviano's TD catch with 6:03 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by an interception by defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins.

Nebraska responded immediately and went 75 yards in eight plays, with Armstrong lofting an 11-yard, third-down touchdown pass to a leaping Carter, who had a career-best four catches for 57 yards. Brown pushed the lead to 17, converting his field goal after Rutgers was stopped at its own 31 on a fake punt.

The Cornhuskers took the opening kickoff and went 78 yards in eight plays, with Carter scoring on a run that fooled the defense. Lining up as an H-back on the right side, the tight end ran behind his line, took an inside handoff from Armstrong and was not touched circling the left side for a score.

It was the first time a Nebraska tight end had a rushing attempt in four years, the school said.

Armstrong, who returned to the lineup last week after missing the Purdue game with a foot injury, took over from there.

The junior capped a 45-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Westerkamp with 2:39 left in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. He extended the margin early in the second quarter by rolling right to elude pressure and rainbowing a 44-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Moore to a three-touchdown lead. He finished 14 of 21 for 188 yards.

Rutgers safety Anthony Cioffi was a second late trying to break up the Moore catch, but he made up for it later in the quarter, intercepting an overthrown ball and returning it 51 yards to the Nebraska 6. Martin scored form a yard out three plays later.

Rutgers men win season opener
Mike Williams helped lead Rutgers to a win in Friday night's season opener. (AP)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Mike Williams scored 18 points, and recorded career highs with 11 rebounds and five steals, Friday night to lead Rutgers past Rutgers-Newark 72-59 in the season opener for both teams.

Rutgers-Newark controlled most of the first half before going into the break tied at 33. Rutgers opened up the second half on a 5-0 run and never relinquished the lead.

After sitting the first half due to a violation of team rules, Deshawn Freeman scored 13 points for Rutgers while D.J. Forman added 10.

Jordan McDaniel led Rutgers-Newark with18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. David Azoroh and John Snow were the only other Rutgers-Newark player to score in double figures, finishing with 17 and 14 points, respectively.

The win marks Rutgers' first victory since January 11, 2015, when the Scarlet Knights upset No. 4 Wisconsin. Rutgers had dropped 15 straight.

The Scarlet Knights slowly built a cushion, leading by as many as 22 with 3:18 left, taking a 69-47 lead after a pair of free throws by Justin Goode.

Freeman, a junior transfer, made his presence felt in the second half, helping Rutgers control the paint and bringing the crowd to its feet with a put-back dunk which gave Rutgers a 63-44 lead with 6:48 remaining.

Rutgers-Newark gave Rutgers all they could handle in the first half.

Ibrahima Diallo's layup put the Scarlet Knights up 23-21 with 5:42 left in the first half, but Rutgers-Newark answered the following possession with a 3 from Snow. The New Jersey schools would go back and forth for the remainder of the half before Vik Singh tied it up at 33 with a foul shot with 29 seconds left in the half.

Rutgers is entering its second year in the Big Ten under third-year coach Eddie Jordan and the win marks Rutgers' first victory since January 11, 2015, when it upset No. 4 Wisconsin at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights had dropped 15 straight.



Rutgers: Highly-touted recruit Corey Sanders sat out serving a one-game, self-imposed penalty from Rutgers and accepted by the NCAA for participation in a non-sanctioned basketball event over the summer.

Rutgers-Newark: While this game counted for Rutgers, it did not count for Rutgers-Newark. The game was considered an exhibition for the Division III school.


Rutgers: Rutgers hosts Howard on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.

Rutgers-Newark: Rutgers-Newark goes on the road to take on Hunter College on Tuesday night.

Coming off a big win, Nebraska visits Rutgers Saturday
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is sticking with quarterback Chris Laviano despite poor performances the past three games. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) The bowl season is underway for Nebraska and Rutgers. It's either win or face the prospect of missing the postseason.

Coming off a win over previously undefeated Michigan State, Nebraska (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) will visit High Point Solutions Stadium for the first time to face Rutgers (3-6, 1-5) on Saturday.

Rutgers, the birthplace of college football, has been to a bowl game nine of the last 10 years. Nebraska has played in 51 bowls, third all-time behind Texas (53) and Alabama (62). The Cornhuskers have played in bowl games in 44 of 46 seasons.

Nebraska is breaking in first-year coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired last year following a nine-win campaign. Embattled Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is in his fourth year with questions whether he'll get a fifth following a season that has featured player dismissals and a three-game suspension for contacting a professor about a player's grade.

"We're all human. We're going to talk about it, but our main focus is to be 1-0. That's all you can think about it," Rutgers senior captain Quentin Gause said. "You think too far ahead, you get unfocused. You want to focus on one game at a time to get to where we want to go. "

Nebraska players have been talking about a three-game season, starting with the upset over now No. 14 Michigan State.

"We've got one under our belt and we're continuing to fight for larger things like a bowl bid. We've got Rutgers coming up, second game of our three-game season," defensive tackle Kevin Maurice said. "Now it's a two-game season."

There are 80 bowl slots to fill. If there are not enough bowl slots to fill with teams that are at least 6-6, a 5-7 team with a top-five APR (Academic Progress Rate) could be selected.

RECIEVER IN QUESTION: Rutgers offense needs a boost and it could come from its top playmaker Leonte Carroo. The star receiver missed the past two games with a lower body injury. He is listed as questionable this week. The All-Big Ten receiver has only played 15 of 36 quarters this season due to injury and suspensions, yet has nine of Rutgers' 14 touchdown receptions.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: This will be the first time Nebraska has visited New Jersey since beating West Virginia 31-0 in the 1994 Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands. New Jersey was fertile recruiting territory for Nebraska under Tom Osborne from the 1970s through the `90s. The Huskers haven't had a player from the state since defensive back D.J. Singleton of Jersey City in 2013. "We want to capitalize on all those kinds of connections and we'll sure use Nebraska's history in recruiting there," Riley said.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Nebraska has gone 1-3 on the road with their only win at Minnesota while losing at Miami, Illinois and Purdue. Nebraska is .500 or better in their first four seasons in the Big Ten. The Huskers need a win at Rutgers to go 2-2 on the road in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 11-8 overall in Big Ten road games since joining the league in 2011.

FLOOD STICKING WITH LAVIANO: Flood is sticking with quarterback Chris Laviano despite poor performances the past three games. LSU transfer Hayden Rettig could see action if the struggles continue. Laviano started the season well, completing a conference leading 69.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in six games. In the last three games, he has completed roughly 42 percent of his passes for 81.7 yards per game, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES: Rutgers defense has allowed 1,441 yards and 146 points (48.7 per game) in losing to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan. Opponents have scored 14 touchdowns in 20 trips in the redzone. "We just have to finish more and get guys on the ground.I just feel like it's an effort thing," linebacker Kaiwan Lewis said.


Tags: Chris Laviano , Kyle Flood , University of Nebraska Lincoln
Rutgers routed again, losing 49-16 to No. 16 Michigan
Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33) sacks Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Hayden Rettig (11) in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 46-16. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rutgers got routed.


Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 337 yards and ran for a score and an eyebrow-raising, 2-point conversion to lead the Wolverines in a 49-16 win over the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.

Rutgers (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten) has lost three straight, giving up at least 48 points in each of the lopsided setbacks to the Wolverines, Wisconsin and top-ranked Ohio State and losing by a combined score of 146-33.

"We've gone through a three-game stretch now playing three of the top five defenses in the country," Flood said. "For us as a program, it's a great vision of where we want to go."

The Scarlet Knights have to close the regular season with three straight wins to be eligible for a fifth consecutive bowl and to perhaps help Flood keep his job.

The Wolverines (7-2, 4-1, No. 17 CFP) were able to coast to an easy victory after wild finishes in their last two games. They beat Minnesota last week on a goal line stand and botched a punt to lose to Michigan State on the final play the week before.

After missing a field goal on the opening drive, Michigan scored TDs on five straight possessions and led 35-16 at halftime.

De'Veon Smith, the sixth Wolverine to score, ran for a 4-yard touchdown early in the third quarter and Rudock sprinted into the end zone on a 2-point conversion to put Michigan up 43-16.

Why did Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh go for 2 with a 25-point lead in the third quarter?

"That's what the chart says to do, so we went with that," he said. "Playing the percentages."

Harbaugh had a lot to be encouraged about, but he was livid about a penalty that negated a 51-yard pass to Butt late in the first half. Michigan was called for unsportsmanlike conduct because of an "intent to deceive," after Butt was uncovered near the sideline far from the formation.

"I'm pretty offended by that," Harbaugh said.

Flood thought it was the right call.

"I didn't think it was legal and the officials did a good job officiating the play," he said.

Flood, though, was not very forthcoming about his reaction to Harbaugh's decision to go for 2 while ahead 41-16.

"I don't get offended by other people's play calls," Flood said. "I'm focused on our team."

And, his team is reeling.

Chris Laviano failed to complete a pass until midway through the second quarter for the Scarlet Knights, who had 53 yards of offense at one point despite Robert Martin's 54-yard run. Laviano finished 11 of 26 for 97 yards with an interception and despite the results, he stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter.

"I left Chris in a little bit longer because I think there was a lot to be gained by playing against this defense," Flood said. "You can't simulate what they do on defense in practice."

Rutgers was without standout receiver Leonte Carroo, who has nine receiving TDs, for a second straight week because of an ankle injury. The Scarlet Knights scored their only TD early in the second quarter when Janarion Grant returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.

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Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo out against No. 16 Michigan
(Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo has been ruled out against No. 16 Michigan.

Carroo was not in uniform for Saturday's game because of an ankle injury.

He has nine touchdown receptions, scoring three times in three games this season, and 28 TDs in 28 career games.

Carroo also missed last week's game at Wisconsin, and part of the previous game against No. 1 Ohio State.

Tags: Leonte Carroo , University of Michigan
Michigan facing questions heading toward RU game
Jim Harbaugh gestures from the sidelines against Michigan State. (AP)

(AP) - Michigan is preparing for Saturday's game against Rutgers with questions at both quarterback and running back - and trying hard to have a short memory.

Just as the No. 16 Wolverines (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) tried hard to forget their last-play loss to Michigan State on Oct. 17, they insist the emotional high of their goal-line stand for a 29-26 win at Minnesota last weekend will be short-lived.

"We didn't dwell on (the Michigan State play) long at all. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh told us to live with it and move on," nose tackle Ryan Glasgow said. "The play against Minnesota, I think we'll have the same approach. You can't think just because you do that once, or win a game on a great play, you can't let that blind you as you're preparing."

Glasgow and linebacker Joe Bolden were credited with the tackle on Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner's last-gasp sneak attempt. It was the Wolverines' second straight stop from inside the 1-yard-line in the final seconds after they successfully defended a play-action pass on the previous play.

Earlier in that game, Michigan starting quarterback Jake Rudock left the field after suffering what Harbaugh would later call a "torso" injury. On Monday, Harbaugh said Rudock's ability to play Saturday will be determined this week in practice but that he felt he was "further along than I thought he would be."

Harbaugh said "there's no magic formula" for determining Rudock's availability on Saturday other than he would not put him in a position to further injure himself.

"We'll go with the player that is our best option, the player that gives us the best chance to win," he said.

The Wolverines will apparently be without tailback Ty Isaac, who does not appear on the team's weekly depth chart. When asked for clarification, Harbaugh said it's "an internal matter." Asked for further comment, he said "I'll keep you posted," and, after a pause, added: "None of your business. That would be another way to say it."

Michigan faces Rutgers (3-5, 1-5) with a goal of trying to get its defense back on track against a Scarlet Knights team that has been outscored 97-17 the past two weeks.

After six games, the Wolverines' defense was the top-ranked unit in the country in points allowed (6.3 points), No. 2 in total defense (181.3 yards) and passing yards allowed (115.5 yards) and No. 3 in rushing yards allowed (65.8 yards).

In its last two games, Michigan's opponents have scored a combined 53 points and amassed 847 yards - 645 through the air.

The Wolverines have jumped up one spot to No. 2 in the country in rushing yards allowed thanks to the strong play of their defensive line, a group that didn't allow an inch to the Minnesota offensive line on that final play of the game.

After going head-to-head with that line in practice, Michigan offensive lineman Erik Magnuson said he felt sorry for his Golden Gophers counterparts.

"We're pigs, but they're like extreme wild boars," he said. "I feel bad for them. That's a tough situation to be in."

Rutgers' offensive line might not find things much more pleasant in Ann Arbor. The Scarlet Knights didn't score an offensive touchdown in a 48-10 loss at Wisconsin last Saturday, totaling eight first downs and averaging just 2.8 yards per play.

They didn't have any trouble moving the ball on the Wolverines last season. Rutgers piled up 476 yards - 402 passing - in a 26-24 win Oct. 4 in Piscataway.

Much has changed in the past 13 months, though, and current Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano will find his job even more difficult if Leonte Carroo can't go.

The senior leads the Big Ten with nine touchdowns, but suffered an ankle injury Oct. 17 against Indiana, played one half the next week against Ohio State and missed the loss to Wisconsin. Carroo is considered questionable for this one.

Rutgers has been outscored 243-85 in six straight road losses to ranked opponents dating to 2010.

Wisconsin rolls over Rutgers, 48-10
Wisconsin had little trouble with Rutgers on Saturday in Madison. (AP)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) Corey Clement ran for three scores and 115 yards in his first game in eight weeks, powering Wisconsin to a 48-10 victory on Saturday over Rutgers.

Clement had 11 carries, including a 21-yard scamper to the end zone after the junior burst through a narrow hole on the left side of the line for a 24-3 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter.

It was a Halloween to remember for Clement following his eagerly-anticipated return from sports hernia surgery.

The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 1-4) in their first trip to Madison.

Under constant pressure, quarterback Chris Laviano was just 4 of 14 for 31 yards with an interception. The offense mustered a season-low 165 yards.

Rutgers' only touchdown came when freshman Blessaun Austin intercepted a poor pass by Wisconsin's Joel Stave and returned it 50 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Otherwise, it was all Wisconsin on a rainy, chilly day in Madison.

The Badgers got a lucky bounce, too.

A deep pass down the left sideline from Laviano caromed off the helmet of linebacker Joe Schobert, who was covering the receiver with his back to the quarterback. The ball landed in the hands of trailing safety Tanner McEvoy for an interception.

McEvoy, a two-way player who lines up at receiver, added a 20-yard touchdown run on a direct snap for a 48-10 lead with 9:47 left in the game.

By that time, most of the announced crowd of about 74,500 fans had left with the game well in hand.

Clement took a well-earned break, too, barely moving as he leaned back on the bench for much of the fourth quarter. His last rush was his longest of the afternoon, a 58-yard dash with about 2 minutes left in the third quarter to the Rutgers 4.

If it wasn't for the injury, Clement would probably have scored his fourth touchdown of the day on that play. Instead, safety Anthony Cioffi tracked down Clement from behind.

No matter, since backup Dare Ogunbowale ran for a 4-yard score on Wisconsin's next play for a 31-point lead.

The Badgers' highest-scoring game in Big Ten play this season came on an afternoon when their top running back returned to the lineup.

For Rutgers, it was a second straight blowout loss to a Big Ten power. Ohio State beat the Scarlet Knights 49-7 last week in Piscataway.

Rutgers played without senior Leonte Carroo, who led the conference with 346 yards receiving on 17 catches coming into the weekend.

Steve Longa leading Rutgers' defense and Big Ten in tackles
Steve Longa (3) recorded 19 tackles against No. 1 Ohio State. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers doesn't lead the Big Ten Conference in many statistics in football, except tackles. That's where linebacker Steve Longa stands alone.

With 85 tackles, Longa leads the Big Ten in tackles in all games and his 54 top the league in conference games. He is tied for first nationally with 8.0 solo tackles per game and is ranked second nationally at 12.1 tackles per game.

Longa had career-high 16 tackles against Indiana two weeks ago and topped that with 19 tackles against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday. He's on pace for 146 tackles this season as Rutgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) prepares for Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday.

Longa says there is a simple explanation for his recent success.

"By my team doing what they're supposed to do and them doing their job and me doing my job," he said. "Doing my job gets me to the ball and once I get to the ball, I have to make a play. That's it."

Longa is well on his way to his third 100-tackle season - something only done at Rutgers by Tyrone Stowe.

Stowe is Rutgers' career leader in tackles and had 100 tackles in all four seasons. He notched 27 tackles against West Virginia in 1988, a school record.

It's no shock Longa is having such a successful season, given his play the past two years. He is the weakside linebacker, which is the playmaking position on Rutgers' defense. Khaseem Greene was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row at that spot a few years ago.

"I'm not surprised about the production that's been happening because I feel like my coaches have set me up in a great place to make all those plays," Longa said. "The work I've been putting in one-on-on with (linebacker) Coach (Bob) Fraser trying to understand the game of football itself and then trying to understand our defense part by part.

"Cut it down, simplify it and understand everybody's job. That has helped me because a better linebacker because I'm still learning the game."

He went from not having a playbook in high school, playing a single coverage, to the complexities of a college defense.

"I get here and I have cover 6, cover 2, all these blitz packages, it gets crazy," Longa said. "So having to learn that and adjust to it, sometimes it makes you a worse football player, sometimes it brings the best out of you. I guess it brought the best out of me."

And it goes beyond the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder's skill set. Longa credits his love for watching film, understanding not only his position, but also the job of the other 10 defenders.

He's on pace to shatter his previous high of 123 tackles in a season, but Longa isn't concerned about stats.

"I don't measure it by numbers," he said. "I measure it by understanding the game and learning the game. When you put on that film from whichever team we played last year and then you put on that same exact film this year and compare both of them you see the reaction time and the first step and the fits. That's how I measure if I got better or not."

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Rutgers basketball faces another tough season in Big Ten
Senior guard Bishop Daniels is the leading returning scorer after averaging 8.4 points in his first year with Rutgers. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After losing the top two scorers and rebounders from a 10-22 team, it appears that a rough debut in the Big Ten may be followed by an equally tough second season for Rutgers

Coach Eddie Jordan does not see it that way.

"We're looking forward to being more successful in the second year in the Big Ten," he said. "We lost three of our top players last year, so it's a new team. We have seven newcomers. I like our talent base. We look good, deeper, athletic."

The Scarlet Knights must replace statistical leaders Kadeem JackMyles Mack and Junior Etou from a team that upset Wisconsin at home before losing its final 15 games to finish 2-16 in conference play. It was the ninth straight losing season for Rutgers, which has not reached the postseason since 2006 and the NCAA Tournament since 1991.

The Knights' offense will be centered around highly touted freshman Corey Sanders, who is the first legitimate point guard recruited by Rutgers since Geoff and Todd Billet in the late 1990s.

"He's young, athletic, enthusiastic, knows how to play," Jordan said. "He's one of the top guys already who can start for us. He's an energetic young man, he's fun to be around."

Senior guard Bishop Daniels is the leading returning scorer after averaging 8.4 points in his first year with Rutgers. Other returnees who saw regular time in the rotation were forward Greg Lewis, who started every game, and sophomores DJ Foreman and Mike Williams.

Sanders and Daniels will likely start in the backcourt, with JUCO transfer Deshawn Freeman and Lewis up front and either Foreman or Jonathan Laurent on the wing.

Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 275-pound sophomore center who averaged 10 minutes in 29 games last year, will be out until at least November with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Some things to watch this season:

COREY SANDERS: All eyes will be on him. Although not a great shooter, he's athletic, can pass the ball and knows how to get to the rim. At 6-2 he can ignite a crowd with some big-time dunks. Sanders will be asked to do a lot as a freshman and how he handles the pressure will be important.

FROM THE JUCO RANKS: Another key newcomer is the 6-foot-7 Freeman, who averaged 19.2 points (on 55 percent shooting) and 9.6 rebounds last year for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He could provide help for a team starving for offense, as he can go hard to the glass or step back and attack off the dribble. He and Sanders are big keys to the present and future.

NEW-LOOK OFFENSE: After running the deliberate Princeton system during his first two seasons, Jordan plans on turning his players loose a bit more. "I see a lot of good things for us as far as the way we're going to play," the coach said. "I'm excited about that. We're more perimeter-oriented and we have a lot of athleticism."

SHOOTERS? A major question is who's going to shoot the ball? Rutgers ranked last in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (4.8 per game) and second-to-last in 3-point percentage (29.5). The Knights are hoping that Bradley transfer Omari Grier can help. Although averaging 7.9 points per game last year, he has a proven track record as a shooter.

EDDIE'S TEAM: For the first time, Jordan has a team of "his guys." Lewis is the lone player left from the Mike Rice regime, and the hope is that with Jordan coaching all his own recruits there will be a better connection.

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Coach Flood on loss to Ohio St.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood talked about his team's performance in Saturday's loss to Ohio St. (AP)

Good afternoon. Exciting week for our program as we get ready to go to Madison, Wisconsin for a game in one of the really exciting venues in college football - from what I've been told. I've never been there, but I've been told that, and even by my 13-year-old son, I've been told that. He's watched it on TV - to play a really good football team, 6-2 Wisconsin team. Coach Chryst has done an excellent job in his first year back at Wisconsin, a place he had a lot of familiarity with. They have done a good job on offense and they play great defense. They present a lot of challenges to us.

Q. Seems like every week we are asking about how you prepare for the opposing quarterback. Do you just prepare for Stave considering he was cleared, or how do you go about preparing for Wisconsin's quarterback?

COACH FLOOD: Watching the Illinois game, Joel got hurt pretty early in the game or left the game pretty early, let me leave it at that and I'll let them comment on his status.

But the Houston kid who came in did a really nice job. Not only did I not see them change what they do, I did not see them change the aggressiveness with which they called the game, either. They threw the ball quite a bit and they threw the ball quite a bit on scheduled downs with him.

So he's somebody who has been in their program and they must have a lot of confidence in him to do that. I thought he did a good job. He looks like a good player.

Q. Wisconsin's pass protection has been a little suspect this year, almost two sacks a game they are giving up. Given the lack of pass rush this season for Rutgers, are you doing anything in particular this week to make sure you get to the quarterback?

COACH FLOOD: We won't do anything different than we do every week. We've got to look at the matchups up front and see if we can predict how they will protect. I think every defense in the country is doing that. They are a little bit younger up front than they have been. I think three of their starters are red-shirt freshmen.

So I've been through that before and I know what that's like. I think if you watch their film and you watch their players through the year, you can see their players are getting better. So it's going to be something we are going to have to do a good job with on third down.

And pressuring the quarterback is something that's been important to us. It's the way we play defense on third down. So we are certainly going to look to play defense that way this week.

Q. Leonte is questionable again. Has he progressed since last Monday, and do you expect his practice participation to replicate last week's?

COACH FLOOD: I think, yeah, what you just said is probably right. I think it will be a very similar situation to last week where we are not going to know until the end of the week what we think the situation will be.

Q. As far as the running back rotation, any thoughts of switching it up as far as moving Martin up, seeing as though he's been real will he effective the last couple of games?

COACH FLOOD: We are going to keep the rotation the way it's been. I'm pleased with how those guys are playing. And I think if you look at the games, you'll see different players are getting different amount of carries in each game. We have got flexibility within the game but in terms of starting the game, I don't see any difference.

Q. And you said you didn't give any thought to putting Hayden before you did in the fourth quarter. Why not give him a series in the first half, because he's played well when he's out there, close competition, so why not give him a shot?

COACH FLOOD: Well, we have a starting quarterback and I always felt like you want to give the starting quarterback an opportunity to learn through the game; and learn from game-to-game which we have done with Chris.

I think although the last game was not his best performance, I think if we look at the season, he's gotten better and better and I'm pleased with how he's progressing and that's how we'll move forward.

Q. Your first year in the Big Ten, against some of the upper echelon teams, everyone knew it would be a building process to compete against some of those teams. Four games into your second Big Ten campaign, how do you feel like your talent overall matches with the upper echelon teams?

COACH FLOOD: I don't know if I want to make those kind of comments right now. We're so entrenched right now in the Wisconsin season, it's hard for me to comment on anything but that.

What we are looking at right now are matchups against a really good Wisconsin team: A defense that's eighth-ranked nationally in total defense, in rushing defense, fourth in red zone defense, second in scoring defense. So we're going to have to do a great job of focusing on that.

I'll leave those other observations until the off-season when we have had a chance to look at the whole body of work.

Q. We asked you about the quarterback. How about the running back, Corey Clement; do you expect him to play? I know he's been kind of questionable and missed a lot of games. What do you expect?

COACH FLOOD: Really hard for me to address it because I'm not with him every day. I've had players who have had that procedure and I know kind of the time frame and things like that but every one of them is individual, so I would really look to them to comment on it. I don't know what his progress has been and what his rehabilitation process has been like.

Q. Obviously one of the guys who stepped up for you stopping the run, Steve Longa, he's always had a lot of tackles. Is he doing anything to take his game to the next level, or are we seeing his tackles progress?

COACH FLOOD: I think what you're seeing is the evolution of a good football player. He's a good football player for us. He's in a spot in our defense that we need somebody who can get people on the ground and make tackles, so he gets a lot of opportunities and he makes the most of them.

So I'm pleased with what he's doing within our scheme. Do I think he's a better player than he was a year ago? I do.

Q. You've had some success early in the game, early first quarter, initial drives, getting some momentum but not being able to put some points on the board. Given they only give up 11 points a game, how important is it to get a score early in the first quarter?

COACH FLOOD: It's something you want to do. Every drive that you start, you want to finish it in the end zone with points. Those are always things that you want to do. But depending on where a drive starts, if you start the drive backed up inside your own five-yard line, there are different levels of success in that drive. The first goal is to flip the field, which means two first downs or the 20-yard line. If you do that and you get a good punt, you have significantly changed the field position. And I speak about that every week; the drive start in a game is so critical.

We are going to start every drive with the idea that we are going to score. Would we like to do it on the first drive of the game? Sure, we would, absolutely. But ultimately, will that be the determining factor in the game? No. We are going to have to play 60 minutes to be 1-0 this week.

Q. What did you see from the secondary on film given the injury limitations you had, and what do you expect with guys trying to heal up this week?

COACH FLOOD: It's a new week and similar to what I said after the game, we see guys out there competing. They are young guys. It's never perfect and sometimes when you have young players out there, you see some stuff and you shake your head a little bit.

But that's all part of the learning process of young football players in your system, and for us right now, a lot of those guys are in the secondary. They are competing; they are learning; they are taking the coaching. Those are the important things that we are seeing on a day-to-day basis and now we have to match them up this week with a good football team.

Q. With Grant on the injury report as questionable, if he couldn't go, who would you slide in at punt returner?

COACH FLOOD: Andre Patton.

Q. To piggyback on the secondary, what are the long-term benefits of playing such a young secondary, having so many kids back there?

COACH FLOOD: The long-term benefits are there's no better way to progress as a player than in-game experience and that's what they are getting. They are getting in-game experience against some of the best players in the country, and as a football player, in you're a competitor, even when those situations don't go your way, you've learned something from them and you're a better player because of it.

Q. Two weeks ago you talked about being fully committed to the healing process. I know you're fully immersed with football game planning, but have you gone about healing - the healing process with the community and what's been the tenor of your message?

COACH FLOOD: My only public appearances are probably on Wednesday nights at the radio show. I think interaction and the reception has been good. Right now our - most of what takes up our day is working towards being 1-0 each week.

Q. Andre Hunt is a guy with some connections to the Wisconsin program. Can you remind us or fill us in on how you came across him, because I think he was a walk-on. How do you come across him and what's his progression been like?

COACH FLOOD: He's from Minnesota, was a walk-on and was somebody that got into contact with us. He had had some injury issues in high school.

I believe it was Norries Wilson who brought his name to the table as somebody who could be a potential walk-on. And we watched his film; we thought he was somebody who could contribute.

And I would tell you to this point in his career, he's probably exceeded our expectations in terms of how much he's contributed and the plays he's made on game day. He's become a really valuable guy on defense in our sub packages and on special teams. You really can't have enough guys like Andre Hunt in your program. We're really pleased we have him.

Ohio State routs Rutgers
Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano calls signals during Saturday's loss to Ohio State. (AP)

Ohio State proved to Rutgers why the Buckeyes are No. 1 Saturday, rolling to a 49-7 Big Ten victory in Piscataway, N.J.

Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett, starting for the first time this season, threw for three touchdowns and ran for two as Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) dominated.


Rutgers (3-4, 1-3) drove from its 25 to the Ohio State 11 on its first possession, but came away empty after Kyle Federico missed a 29-yard field goal, the attempt just wide left. The Knights would go three-and-out on their next five possessions.

Ohio State didn't score until 10 seconds remained in the first quarter, but once the Buckeyes got on the board, it was all Ohio State. Rutgers was outgained 528-298 and was 5-for-15 on third down.

Barrett was 14-for-18 passing for 223 yards and ran for 101 on 13 attempts. Ezekiel Elliott ran 19 times for 141 yards and two TDs, including a 55-yard score.

Rutgers starting QB Chris Laviano was 10-for-20 for 117 yards and an interception. Hayden Rettig replaced Laviano on Rutgers' last drive and threw a 4-yard TD pass to Andre Patton with 13 seconds left. Rettig was 3-for-7 for 72 yards.

Rutgers visits Wisconsin next Saturday at noon.

QB J.T. Barrett will start against Rutgers
(Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has announced that quarterback J.T. Barrett will start against Rutgers on Saturday (Oct. 20).

Barrett led OSU to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter over Penn State last week after coming in to replace Cardale Jones in the third quarter.

Barrett rushed for 102 yards on 11 carries and two TDs and was 4 for 4 passing for 30 yards and two more touchdowns. Jones was 9 for 15 for 84 yards.

"Barrett has earned the right to start on Saturday at Rutgers," Meyer said.

What Kyle Flood said in his press conference on Monday...

Good afternoon. It's an exciting week for our program. We really enjoy being back in High Point Solutions Stadium. Our nighttime environment is one of the best in the country. We're looking forward to that.

And then looking forward to welcoming an excellent Ohio State team, No. 1 in the country, and No. 1 for a reason. They have got a lot of very talented football players, very well-coached, physical football team that runs really well, and a team I believe that's won 27 straight Big Ten regular-season games.

So we've got a tremendous challenge. We're looking forward to it. Questions.

Q. How do you go about preparing for the quarterback? Obviously Jones has started every game, but J.T. Barrett has played a lot more successful in the second half of the most recent game.
COACH FLOOD: I think it's become very evident you'd better prepare for both of them. J.T. runs around a little bit more. I know they have brought him in in the red zone. And he's played a little more as the season's gone on. But they are certainly both excellent players with a little bit different skill sets. But when they come in the game, you'd better be ready to defend what they do. To read more of this story, click here

Rutgers rallies from 25 down, stuns Indiana
Rutgers players celebrate their last-second, comeback win against Indiana on Saturday night. (AP)

Kyle Federico kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired to give Rutgers an incredible 55-52 come-from-behind victory over Indiana Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Rutgers trailed 52-27 with 5:25 left in the third quarter before beginning its amazing comeback in coach Kyle Flood's return to the sideline after a three-game suspension.

Leonte Carroo caught a 42-yard pass from Chris Laviano with 2:06 left in the third to start the rally.

Kemoko Turay returned a fumble 26 yards for a score 10 seconds into the fourth quarter. Robert Martin scored on a 3-yard run, then Paul James ran 40 yards for another score.

But Rutgers (3-3, 1-2) also failed to convert the extra point on three of those four touchdowns. The Knights failed on two-point tries after Carroo's and Turay's touchdowns. Federico kicked the extra point after Martin's TD with 9:26 left, but missed the potential go-ahead extra point after James' score with 6:29 left.

Laviano was 28-for-43 passing for 385 yards and three TDs and an interception. Martin ran 17 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns. QB Nate Sudfeld was 32-for-42 for 461 yards, four TDs and two interceptions for Indiana (4-3, 0-3), which led 27-24 at halftime before scoring four unanswered TDs to start the second half.

Rutgers hosts No. 1 Ohio State next Saturday at 8 p.m.

GEICO SportsNite: Kyle Flood 00:00:29
Rutgers football head coach Kyle Flood discusses how upset he was that he had to miss his team's game with Michigan State due to suspension.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood returned to his coaching duties Monday and apologized for contacting a faculty member about a player's grade.

Flood spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since serving a three game suspension. He said he should have known the rules, and doesn't have concerns about his job security going forward.

"I've had the opportunity to apologize for this situation to the team, to my family, but I'd like to take the opportunity now to apologize to the entire Rutgers community, to the students, to the alumni, and especially to the faculty," Flood said.


Interim coach Wilson emotional after loss
(Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

Norries Wilson tenure as Rutgers' interim head coach ended Saturday night with a near-upset of No. 4 Michigan State.

The Spartans (6-0, 2-0) pulled out a 31-24 win in Piscataway on L.J. Scott's 3-yard run with 43 seconds left, capping a 76-yard drive after the Scaret Knights (2-3, 0-2) tied it four minutes earlier.

"I want to talk about our kids, who played like I've never seen them play," an emotional Wilson said after game. "Just played their hearts out for each other."


Rutgers final possession ended with quarterback Chris Laviano spiking the ball on fourth down, but Wilson was quick to take the blame for the disorganized possession. Laviano threw three TD passes to Leonte Carroo, who was coming off a suspension himself after domestic violence charges were dismissed.

"I couldn't be more pleased with what a class act he is," athletics director Julie Hermann said of Wilson, the runnings back and assistant head coach. "What a dedicated professional he is. Truly we were lucky he was here to step in.

"I think he is a tremendous leader. The team is, I think, thrilled to follow him. I'm his biggest fan."

Wilson coached the Knights as head coach Kyle Flood served a three-game suspension for contacting a teacher about a grade of a player who was ruled academically ineligible.

"He is running this team very well and I think he's handled it very well," halfback Paul James said. "It's definitely a tough situation … but I think he gets the team going. We rally around him and go ahead and fight."

"He's a head coach who shows a lot of emotion," Carroo said. "He wanted this game for us and he was proud of the way that we played."

Late TD pushes No. 4 Michigan State past Rutgers, Carroo
Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook celebrates winning TD with less than a minute to play against Rutgers. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

Michigan State's L.J. Scott ran for two second-half touchdowns, the second with 43 seconds left, as the No. 4 Spartans rallied to beat Rutgers 31-24 Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. (Oct. 10)



Michigan State's Connor Cook threw a third-quarter TD pass as Michigan State (6-0, 2-0) overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit and three TD catches by Rutgers' Leonte Carroo, two in the second quarter. (Oct. 10)

In the third quarter, Scott's 1-yard TD helped the Spartans take a 17-14 lead with 9:01 left in the period. Four minutes later, Cook hit DeAnthony Arnett with a 25-yard TD pass, his second of the night. Cook threw a first-quarter TD pass to Macgarrett Kings Jr..

Rutgers QB Chris Laviano (15-for-24, 208 yards) threw his third TD pass to Carroo with 49 seconds left in the third period to cut Michigan State's lead to 24-21.

The Spartans drove 76 yards for the winning TD after Kyle Federico's 22-yard field goal tied it for Rutgers at 24 with 4:22 left.

Rutgers led 14-10 at the half after Knights DB Kiy Hester preserved the lead with an end-zone interception of Cook.

Cook was 23-for-37 for 359 yards; Carroo had seven catches for 134 yards.

Rutgers visits Indiana next Saturday in Bloomington (3:30 p.m.).


Struggling Rutgers hosts No. 4 Michigan St, Carroo returns
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rutgers football team has had a rough season so far.

Six players were dismissed before the season opener after being arrested. Star receiver Leonte Carroo has been suspended twice for off-the-field problems. Coach Kyle Flood is serving a three-game suspension for trying to influence a professor about a player's grade.

While the 2-2 record is OK, it could have been better. The Scarlet Knights blew a late lead at home against Washington State in the second game of the season and played poorly in a loss to Penn State in their Big Ten opener.

It's not good, but things could look up Saturday night if Rutgers finds a way to knock off No. 4 Michigan State (5-0, 1-0) and pull off its third upset of a Top 10 team.




"It would mean a lot," Rutgers guard Dorian Miller said. "It's obviously a big game. Black out. The crowd's going to be packed, so it would mean a lot."

With the game being played in prime time, Rutgers is asking its fans to wear black.

"You just get juiced up as a player," quarterback Chris Laviano said. "It's a black out under the lights, what better atmosphere."

Beating the Spartans won't be easy. Michigan State crushed Rutgers last season, building a 35-0 lead en route to a 45-3 victory. The Spartans are riding a nine-game winning streak, which is the second longest under coach Mark Dantonio.

The game will be Spartans' first outside of Michigan this season. Read more...

Rutgers WR Carroo returns to practice after charges dropped
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo returned to practice Thursday, two days after criminal charges against him were dropped, and said he is well aware of how lucky he is to be back on the football field.

Coach Kyle Flood reinstated Carroo on Wednesday, a day after a judge dismissed simple assault charges filed against him when he was accused of attacking a woman he used to date during a fight following a game Sept. 12.

A Piscataway municipal court judge dismissed the charges against Carroo on Tuesday when the woman said she didn't want to testify against him. That came hours after another judge lifted a temporary restraining order because the woman said she didn't think it was necessary. Read more...

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo has been reinstated
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo has been reinstated by the football team after assault charges against him were dropped yesterday (Dunleavy, Oct. 7).

Carroo was facing charges after allegedly slamming his ex-girlfriend to the concrete last month.

Last year Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns. This season he leads the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns.

Charges against Leonte Carroo have been dropped
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Assault charges against Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo have been dropped, Sean O'Leary reported (Oct. 6).

Carroo, who has been suspended by the team, could be eligible to play on Sunday against Michigan State, O'Leary noted.

While the charges have been dropped, Carroo will have to complete six hours of anger management counseling.

Carroo's arrest was due to allegedly slamming his ex-girlfriend to the concrete last month.

Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and led the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.

He was suspended for the first half of the team's season-opener against Norfolk State due to a curfew violation.

Big Ten, big stage and big problems for Rutgers
Sep 26, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights fans cheer after a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Rutgers defeated Kansas 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

There was hardly anyone left in the stands as the Rutgers band played the alma mater and the football players gathered in the end zone to celebrate a victory against Kansas on Saturday.

It was a ho-hum game against one of the worst teams in FBS, so it was hard to blame Scarlet Knights fans for being less than fired up about a 27-14 win.

But after all that has gone on with Rutgers football over the last month - the suspended coach, the suspended best offensive player, the six players dismissed after being arrested - anything to lighten the mood around the program was welcome. Read more...

Rutgers improves to 2-2 with 27-14 victory over Kansas in Big Ten home opener
Sep 26, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5)throws the ball to Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Charles Scarff (46) during first half against Kansas Jayhawks at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Led by the play of Josh Hicks, the Scarlet Knights rushed for over 300 yards in a 27-14 victory over the visiting Kansas Jayhawks.

Hicks was the primary man out of the backfield for the Knights, leading the way behind the strong play of his offensive line as RU picked up its second win of the season while KU dropped to 0-3. The sophomore from Palmetto, Florida rushed 21 times for 113 yards and two scores, paving the way for the Scarlet Knights to improve to 2-2 overall and pick up their first victory of the season in Big Ten play.

The home squad never trailed in the game, and took a late first quarter lead after quarterback Chris Laviano found wideout Carlton Agudosi for a 14-yard score to put Rutgers up 7-0. Laviano would hook up with Matt Flanagan in the second quarter to put RU up two scores, and that play provided the red and white's defense with enough support.

Kansas back Ke'aun Kinner found the end zone later in the second from two yards out, but the Jayhawks struggled mightily on offense for the remainder of the half. Kinner would score late in the third quarter as well, but Rutgers had given itself enough of a lead to thwart any Jayhawks comeback at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Laviano finished his day completing 18 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Though he did throw two interceptions, the Glen Head, New York native was solid when he needed to be, receiving help from Hicks and Robert Martin (17 rush, 102 yards) in the process.

The Scarlet Knights have a bye next week, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a showdown with No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 10 in Piscataway.

Rutgers DT Darius Hamilton out for season with lower body injury
Rutgers Darius Hamilton celebrates with defensive coordinator Joe Rossi after a hard hit on UNC quarterback Marquise Williams as Rutgers defeats North Carolina 40-21 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. 12/26/14 Detroit, MI (John Munson | NJ Advance Media for (John Munson)

Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton is out for the rest of the season with a lower body injury. The Scarlet Knights made the announcement before Saturday's game against Kansas. Read more...

Lawyer: Videos, witness will clear suspended Rutgers player
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Cellphone videos and a witness will help exonerate suspended Rutgers University football star Leonte Carroo of a domestic violence charge, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney William Fetky appeared with Carroo at a court hearing where a woman Carroo is accused of attacking Sept. 12 was seeking a permanent restraining order against him.

"All of the evidence will show that she is not the victim. She is the aggressor," Fetky said. Read more...

Penn State beats Rutgers 28-3
Sep 19, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) is pressured by Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Carl Nassib (95) in the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Embattled Rutgers was outrushed 328 yards to 65 Saturday as Penn State rolled to a 28-3 victory Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both teams in State College, Pa. (Sept. 19)

With Rutgers coach Kyle Flood serving the first game of a three-game suspension for trying to get a player's grade changed, interim coach Norries Wilson couldn't come up with the answers against the Nittany Lions (2-1).

Penn State's Saquon Barkley ran for 195 yards, 16 on a fourth-quarter touchdown run. Akeel Lynch got 75 of his 120 rushing yards on a second-quarter TD. It was the Nittany Lions' third score of the quarter as they took a 21-0 halftime lead.

Rutgers (1-2) was 5-for-15 on third down, punted eight times, and only got as far as the Penn State 31 through the first three quarters.

The Knights got on the board on Kyle Federico's 34-yard field goal with 10:35 to play.

The Scarlet Knights host Kansas (0-2) of the Big 12 next Saturday at noon. The Jayhawks were off this week.

Loud Mouths: Three and Out 00:03:59
The Loud Mouths discuss Kyle Flood's suspension, Yoenis Cespedes getting hit by the Marlins and the upcoming Yankees vs. Mets series.


Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 (Sept. 16)

The suspension and fine come after a university-led investigation in rule violations. The focal point of the investigation surrounded an email sent from Flood's personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.

The emails of contact between Flood and a professor concluded with the two meeting outside of a library in Princeton, NJ. After the meeting, an academic advisor warned Flood that the discussions and meeting could be "a big problem."

Flood originally contact the professor through his personal email - to the professor's personal email - so that it wouldn't be hosted on the University's servers or email system.

Flood issued a statement, through the school:

"I want to apologize for the mistake I made in process, in contacting that teacher. I understand now that that was against the rule, that I was unaware of at the time.

I have the utmost respect for the faculty at Rutgers. I have the utmost respect for the education that student-athletes and students in general receive at Rutgers, and in no way would I have intentionally broken any rule like that had I known about it. But I do understand that I'm the Head Football Coach and I am responsible to know these things, and I made a mistake in process that certain will not happen again going forward."

He later issued another statement: 

"Earlier today, I met with President Barchi in his office and he informed me of my three-game suspension and the imposed fine.

At Rutgers, we hold our student-athletes to high academic standards befitting a great university. We adhere to a higher standard, one that I am responsible to be aware of. I take full responsibility and accept the consequences of my actions. I care deeply about my student-athlete's academic performance. As the head coach, when I recruit players, my responsibility to them and their families is to do all I can to make sure they leave Rutgers with a degree and are prepared for a successful life off the football field. I am proud that our program has ranked in the top 10% of the APR 8 years in a row. That success doesn't happen by accident. It's due to our top-to-bottom program culture emphasizing the importance of academic success, and it's why we have a robust academic support staff that is second to none. I will always instill in my players that they have a responsibility to themselves, their families, our University and its alumni to perform well in the classroom, and I will never stop caring about their academic performance.

Moving forward, I will make sure I adhere to all University policies and I will place an even greater emphasis with our staff on knowing, understanding and following every University, Big Ten and NCAA rule.

In deference to our student athletes, coaches, and staff moving forward, I will not provide further comment at this time."

The full report from the University, "Report of Factual Findings of Investigation Into Alleged Improper Contact by the Rutgers Head Football Coach With a Faculty Member," can be read here.

The team has also suspended players in recent weeks for arrests stemming from a home invasion and assault, including star wide receiver Leonte Carroo.

The school held a Board of Governors meeting recently to discuss the situation.

Carroo arrested, charged with simple assault
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood hugs Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Leonte Carroo (4) after the win as Rutgers football faces UNC in Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, MI. (William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for (William Perlman)


Suspended wide receiver Leonte Carroo reportedly slammed a woman into the concrete outside the Rutgers football training facility after their second game of the season.

Carroo was arrested and charged with simple assault under domestic violence, prompting his release from the team.

He reportedly "[picked] her up and slamming her down on a concrete surface, injuring her left hip, both palms, left elbow and left side of the head," according to the complaint filed in Piscataway Municipal Court (Sept. 16).

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended Carroo indefinitely from the program for the incident that took place outside the stadium after Saturday's game against Washington State. Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and led the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.

Carroo arrested, charged with assault
(Mitch Stringer)


Former Rutgers University wide receiver Leonte Carroo was arrested and charged wit simple assault under domestic violence, prompting his release from the team.

Carroo's arrest was confirmed by Rutgers University Police Department chief Kenneth Cop.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended Carroo indefinitely from the program for the incident that took place outside the stadium after Saturday's game against Washington State.

Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and led the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.

He was suspended for the first half of the team's season-opener against Norfolk State with a curfew violation.

GEICO SportsNite: Rutgers loses 00:00:34
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and wide receiver Leonte Carroo talk after the Scarlet Knights' tough 37-34 loss to Washington State.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost to the Washington State Cougars, 37-34, on a game-winning eight-yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk to River Cracraft with 13 seconds left Saturday High Point Solutions Stadium.

After the Scarlet Knights took a 34-30 lead on Janarion Grant's 55-yard punt return for a touchdown with 1:31 left, the Cougars (1-1) drove 90 yards on 10 plays in 1:18 to retake the lead.

Falk, who threw four touchdowns and 478 yards, threw a lob in the back of the end zone for Cracraft, who leaped and cradled the ball for a three-point lead.

The Scarlet Knights took a 27-23 lead on Grant's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but trailed 30-27 after Falk threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Marks, who had 14 catches for 146 yards, with 9:31 to play.

After the Cougars punted, Grant caught the punt and broke free down the right sideline to give Rutgers a four-point lead.

Chris Laviano threw 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and also lost a fumble. Josh Hicks ran for 91 yards, but had a 21-yard touchdown run called back with a holding penalty. On the ensuing play, Hicks lost a fumble after catching a screen pass.

Grant also had a receiving touchdown wiped when Justin Goodwin was called for offensive pass interference.

The Scarlet Knights trailed 20-6 midway through the third quarter, but tied the game on a Robert Martin 15-yard touchdown run and Laviano's one-yard touchdown pass to Matt Flanagan with 14:56 remaining in the game.

Washington State's Erik Powell kicked a 37-yard field goal to take a 23-20 lead, but Grant returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the touchdown.

Falk threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Dom Goodwin in the first quarter and a six-yard touchdown pass to Keith Harrington in the third quarter.

The Scarlet Knights travel to Penn State for their first road game on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.

Rutgers dominates Norfolk State, 63-13
Sep 5, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Leonte Carroo (4) carries the ball past Norfolk State Spartans defensive back Onaje Bullen (35) during second half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to beat the Norfolk State Spartans, 63-13, Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Janarion Grant led off the second half by returning an 80-yard kickoff for a touchdown to give Rutgers (1-0) a 28-13 lead.

QB Chris Laviano threw three touchdown passes to WR Leonte Carroo on three consecutive drives in the second half: a 55-yard pass, 56-yard pass and 18-yard pass with 3:11 left in the third to blow the game wide open and make it 49-13.

Laviano was 4-for-4 passing with 138 yards and three touchdowns, and Hayden Rettig went 9-for-11 with 110 yards and one touchdown.

Paul James and Josh Hicks combined for 200 rushing yards on 33 carries. Hicks ran for a 25-yard touchdown in the second and two-yard touchdown in the fourth that made it 56-13.

Rettig threw an early touchdown pass to Matt Flanagan in the first quarter and ran for a touchdown in the second to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the game, 14-7, with 7:37 left in the second quarter.

Anthony Cioffi recorded an interception and the Rutgers defense held the Spartans (0-1) to one total rushing yard on 22 attempts.

Rutgers plays its second game of the season at home against Washington State on Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m.

GEICO SportsNite: Rutgers 00:01:22
Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood discusses his decision to cut five players following their arrests from incidents in April 2015.


Five current Rutgers football players and one former player were among those arrested in connection to an alleged assault and a separate alleged robbery, the Middlesex County Prosecutor and New Brunswick Police Department said on Thursday (Sept. 3).

The current players arrested were Nadir BarnwellRuhann PeeleDelon StephensonRazohnn Gross, and Andre Boggs. The former player is Tejay Johnson (Sept. 3).

The five current players who were arrested have been suspended, Rutgers AD Julie Hermann announced (Sept. 3).

According to police, Boggs and Johnson are accused of forcing their way into a home and, while armed, robbing a student of approximately $900 and marijuana.

The other players were arrested in connection to an alleged assault that occurred on April 25.

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