\Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick\ (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
\Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick\ (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Rutgers defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick is retiring from football without pursuing the NFL, he told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy.

Pinnix-Odrick, a 2016 co-captain who started all 12 games at defensive end and recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks for the Scarlet Knights, said he felt "indifferent" to the game after attending the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas.

"Being out there on the field in front of scouts against good players is no place to be indifferent," he said. "Everything is on the platter to say, 'Go! This is it!' And I wasn't feeling it. Not that I wasn't trying to: I was doing the extra work, but I wasn't excited. It reinforced what I had felt."

A redshirt senior, Pinnix-Odrick earned his degree from the School of Communication and Information, but was perceived as a "stereotypical" student-athlete -- "like being a dumb jock in class, anybody not expecting much of you when you are in a class setting." Now, he hopes to defy those with his future, which he says is to be determined.

"People say, 'You're a football player? You get in all the parties,'" Pinnix-Odrick said. "I'm like, 'Why do people think this? How do people view us?' Imagine if I didn't have football. What else would make me happy? I can translate the things in football that make me happy into something else."


Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell talks with his players during a second half time out against the Florida State Seminoles at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell talks with his players during a second half time out against the Florida State Seminoles at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders scored eight of his season-high 22 points in a game-ending 17-2 run Saturday, leading Rutgers to its biggest victory since Steve Pikiell became coach last year - a 71-65 win over No. 15 Seton Hall.

Freshman Geo Baker added 17 and Deshawn Freeman added 12 and 16 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights (10-3) beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015.

Myles Powell had 18 points to lead the Pirates (9-2), who had a five-game winning streak snapped in losing to Rutgers for the first time in five games.

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Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- New Jersey's most intense rivalry is renewed when No. 15 Seton Hall visits Rutgers on Saturday in the "Garden State Hardwood Classic."

A sell-out crowd of 8,000 is expected at the Rutgers Athletic Center in the 69th meeting between the schools. The series started in 1916 with Seton Hall holding a 39-29 edge.

The Pirates (9-1) have won four straight over Rutgers (9-3) by an average margin of 18.8 points. But, going further back, 18 of the last 22 meetings have been decided by six points or less, or in overtime.

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Dec 12, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Issa Thiam (35) drives to the basket against Fordham Rams forward David Pekarek (33) and Fordham Rams guard Joseph Chartouny (12) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 12, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Issa Thiam (35) drives to the basket against Fordham Rams forward David Pekarek (33) and Fordham Rams guard Joseph Chartouny (12) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Deshawn Freeman had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Sanders added 12 points and Rutgers beat Fordham 75-63 on Tuesday night.

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Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Fans stand for the national anthem before the start of Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats men's basketball game at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Freshman Geo Baker had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 assists, while fellow backcourt mates Corey Sanders had 19 points and Mike Williams had 17 points to lead Rutgers past Fairleigh Dickinson 92-54 Saturday night.

The trio was efficient from the floor as Baker went 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line, Sanders went 8 of 14 shooting and Williams was 5 of 7 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.

FDU took a 6-3 lead at 17:59 when Darnell Edge hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Darian Anderson. That's as long as it would be a competitive game.

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Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) goes to the basket against Florida State Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) goes to the basket against Florida State Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders scored 18 points and Deshawn Freeman had 13 to lead Rutgers past NJIT 73-64 on Thursday night.

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Dec 5, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Joshua Langford (1) shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Geo Baker (0) forward Deshawn Freeman (33) and forward Mamadou Doucoure (21) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 5, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Joshua Langford (1) shoots over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Geo Baker (0) forward Deshawn Freeman (33) and forward Mamadou Doucoure (21) during second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Miles Bridges scored 21 points and No. 3 Michigan State overcame its worst offensive performance of the season with a 62-52 victory over surprising Rutgers on Tuesday night.

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Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) dribbles the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) dribbles the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

ISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said the "schedule gods blessed us" by having his Scarlet Knights open Big Ten play by facing two ranked teams in three days.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Mamadou Doucoure fouls Florida State Seminoles center Ike Obiagu during the first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Mamadou Doucoure fouls Florida State Seminoles center Ike Obiagu during the first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Nate Mason scored a season-high 26 points, Jordan Murphy had his ninth straight double-double to start the season and No. 12 Minnesota beat Rutgers 89-67 on Sunday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Murphy finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds to extend the nation's longest double-double streak. He came into the game leading the country in rebounding at 12.5 per game.

Reggie Lynch added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Gophers (8-1), and Amir Coffey had 11 points and seven assists. Minnesota was coming off a five-point loss to No. 10 Miami on Wednesday night.

Freshman forward Mamadou Doucoure had 13 points and nine rebounds for Rutgers (6-2) and freshman guard Geo Baker had 12 points. Corey Sanders had 10 points, and Deshawn Freeman added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell talks with his players during a second half time out against the Florida State Seminoles at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell talks with his players during a second half time out against the Florida State Seminoles at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Minnesota and Rutgers open their conference season on Sunday evening at Williams Arena, they each have to be happy, at minimum, that the Big Ten/ACC challenge is over.

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Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) goes to the basket against Florida State Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 28, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Eugene Omoruyi (11) goes to the basket against Florida State Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) CJ Walker scored 24 points and Phil Cofer added 19 to lead unbeaten Florida State past Rutgers 78-73 on Tuesday night.

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One of the original Loud Mouths, Chris Carlin, joins the guys to discuss the controversy at Tennessee no longer pursuing Greg Schiano.

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Ohio State head coach, Urban Meyer, defended his defensive coordinator, Greg Schiano, after he had a falling out for the University of Tennessee's head coaching position. 

Schiano was set to become Tennessee's new head coach, and the announcement was to be made on Sunday. However, Tennessee backed out of the deal after a wave of backlash on social media from fans. The anger stemmed from a 2015 sworn testimony that stated Schiano had knowledge of Jerry Sandusky's allegations while he was a graduate assistant at Penn State Univeristy from 1990-95. 

Though the allegation is just hearsay, it still prompted Tennessee fans to protest the singing. However, Meyer backed up his coach saying he is more than worthy of the position. 

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Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash signed a five-year contract through 2022 to continue coaching the Scarlet Knights. 

Ash, who took over the head coaching position in Dec. 2015, signed an initial Memorandum of Agreement which was good for five years, $11 million.

The Scarlet Knights just finished their season 4-8 after a blowout to Michigan State, 40-7, at High Point Solutions Stadium. It was an improvement from Ash's 2-10 inaugural season, but the 43-year-old will continue to try and improve next season. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano before the game against the Army Black Knights at Ohio Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano before the game against the Army Black Knights at Ohio Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports)

The University of Tennessee is reportedly backing out of a deal with former Rutgers head coach and current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano amid fan backlash, according to Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed to ESPN that Tennessee contacted Schiano, and USA TODAY Sports first reported that the two sides were nearing a deal that would have made Schiano the next Volunteers head coach.

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Nov 25, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Felton Davis III (18) runs after a catch against Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Damon Hayes (22) during second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 25, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Felton Davis III (18) runs after a catch against Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Damon Hayes (22) during second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Brian Lewerke threw for a touchdown and ran for another and No. 21 Michigan State held the ball for more than 47 minutes in defeating Rutgers 40-7 on Saturday to cap a terrific turnaround 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)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- In the words of head coach Mark Dantonio, No. 16 Michigan State has a chance to "flip it" when it meets Rutgers in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

With a win, the Spartans (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) would mean a record reversal from last season, when Michigan State finished 3-9.

"It's rewarding to flip it," Dantonio said.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Deshawn Freeman had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Shaquille Doorson had a career highs in points (eight) and rebounds (nine) to lead Rutgers past East Carolina 61-47 Friday afternoon at the RAC and remain unbeaten.

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Feb 11, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) handles the ball against Minnesota Golden Gophers during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 11, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders (3) handles the ball against Minnesota Golden Gophers during first half at Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders responded to his coach calling out his poor practice habits with 18 points and five assists and his backcourt mate Geo Baker had a career-high 29 to lead Rutgers past Bryant 83-54 Tuesday night.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) While the wins keep coming, the shots aren't falling for Rutgers.

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Nov 18, 2017; Bloomington, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) attempts to run the ball for yardage during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 41 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports (Marc Lebryk)
Nov 18, 2017; Bloomington, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) attempts to run the ball for yardage during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 41 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports (Marc Lebryk)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Richard Lagow threw two touchdown passes Saturday, and Morgan Ellison ran for two more scores as Indiana shut out Rutgers 41-0.

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Rutgers players celebrate with fans after defeating Illinois 35-24 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb) (AP)
Rutgers players celebrate with fans after defeating Illinois 35-24 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb) (AP)

Indiana and Rutgers understand the stakes of their game Saturday.

The winner needs one more win to go bowling. The loser is probably heading home for the holidays.

It's not something either coach wants to discuss, so they're letting others deal with the chatter while they focus on the more immediate challenge - getting their teams ready to play.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders shoots the ball as Northwestern Wildcats forward Gavin Skelly defends in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Corey Sanders shoots the ball as Northwestern Wildcats forward Gavin Skelly defends in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Geo Baker had 14 points and seven assists and Issa Thiam scored 14 points, was 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line and knocked down treys on three-straight possessions to lead Rutgers past Cleveland State, 70-38 on Tuesday night.

Rutgers took a nine-point lead into halftime before jumping out to a 20-point lead early in the second half after back-to-back 3s by Thiam to make it 43-23 with 14:41 left. Thiam went on to hit another three on the third straight possession to make it 46-26

From there, Rutgers cruised.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Mike Williams had 23 points and four steals and Eugene Omoruyi had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks as much-needed sparks off the bench to lead Rutgers past Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Even before No. 14 Penn State lost its last two games, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin believes his team lost its way.

The Lions (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) will try to regain their bearings in time for Saturday's homecoming matchup against resurgent Rutgers (4-5, 3-3).

Penn State followed up a 39-38 loss at Ohio State with a 27-24 defeat last week at Michigan State, and Franklin told reporters afterward that his team was "too finesse" and had allowed "a lot of noise" to become a distraction -- the latter a reference to talk of a berth in the conference championship game and/or College Football Playoff...

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns as No. 16 Penn State beat Rutgers 35-6 on Saturday.

McSorley became Penn State's all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark's record of 65 with one rushing and two passing scores, and the Nittany Lions scored 35 unanswered points after going down 6-0 in the first quarter.

Saquon Barkley ran for two touchdowns and DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki each caught one for Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten). Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) From the opening tip, Rutgers and City College of New York looked like teams from different divisions.

Issa Thiam had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, Deshawn Freeman scored 16 points, and Rutgers cruised past Division III City College of New York 94-38 on Friday night.

It tied the largest margin of victory in school history, 56, when Rutgers defeated Trenton State 91-35 in 1936. Rutgers used the opportunity to clear its bench, with 13 players checking in, including four walk-ons.

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The Rutgers men's basketball team open their season against the City College of New York at the RAC on Friday night. 

The visiting CCNY team had a lot happen last season that found them as a Division III team this year. They have been a Division I team, but after a major gambling scandal, the school was forced to make it a Division III team. 

Head coach Steve Pikiell and his team took down St. Johns, 80-78, in an exhibition game. It should be an easy start to the season for Rutgers, so don't expect to see stars Corey Sanders, Deshawn Freeman, and Mike Williams much throughout this one. 

This is the first game of three in the next five days for the Scarlet Knights. They take on Central Connecticut State on Sunday followed by Cleveland State on Tuesday. 

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Nov 4, 2017; Piscataway,, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gioanni Resigno (17) looks to throw a pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadiun. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Nov 4, 2017; Piscataway,, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gioanni Resigno (17) looks to throw a pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadiun. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Gus Edwards ran for 109 yards and caught a go-ahead 23-yard touchdown pass with 7:30 remaining to rally Rutgers to a 31-24 victory over Maryland on Saturday.

 

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Steve Pikiell and Corey Sanders meet the media to discuss what they expect from the Rutgers men's basketball team this season.

Michigan Wolverines running back Ty Isaac (32) rushes in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan Wolverines running back Ty Isaac (32) rushes in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Brandon Peters helped Michigan score touchdowns on his first three drives, allowing the Wolverines to pull away and beat Rutgers 35-14 Saturday.

Jim Harbaugh finally benched John O'Korn after another shaky performance. Harbaugh put Peters in and the redshirt freshman took full advantage of his first opportunity to play extensively, completing 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards with a TD.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Raheem Blackshear (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers with Rutgers Scarlet Knights tight end Jerome Washington (88) in the 3rd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers has won two straight Big Ten games for the first time since entering the conference in 2014. The Scarlet Knights have not won three consecutive conference games since winning five in a row as a Big East program in 2012.

"They're excited and they're eager to keep getting better," Rutgers second-year coach Chris Ash said. "It's a pretty positive mood. They know we're getting better."

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Sep 30, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights fans during first half against Ohio State Buckeyes at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 30, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights fans during first half against Ohio State Buckeyes at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Rutgers WR Ahmir Mitchell was dismissed from the team after violating team rules, per NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. 

It was not specified what team rule Mitchell broke, but he never got on the field as a Scarlet Knight. 

Mitchell transferred from Michigan in September 2016 after he was suspended from the team. Head coach Chris Ash gave Mitchell a second chance, and even recruited his brother, Damon, from Arkansas to act as a role model for his younger brother.

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The Rutgers Scarlett Knights defeated the Purdue Boilermakers, 14-12, on Saturday. They honored former Knight Ray Lucas at halftime.

 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back K.J. Gray (17) celebrates his interception with and Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Kiy Hester (2) against Purdue Boilermakers during the 2nd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back K.J. Gray (17) celebrates his interception with and Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Kiy Hester (2) against Purdue Boilermakers during the 2nd quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Gus Edwards scored on a 74-yard run on Rutgers' second offensive play and Gio Rescigno threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second half as Rutgers beat Purdue 14-12 Saturday, posting consecutive Big Ten Conference wins for the first time since joining the league in 2014.

Rutgers (3-4, 2-2) forced two turnovers and limited Purdue (3-4, 1-3) to 4 of 19 on third- and fourth-down conversion attempts. The defense also came up with a defensive stop on the 2-point conversion after Anthony Mahoungou made a one-handed catch of a 10-yard touchdown pass by David Blough with 25 seconds to play to cut the lead to two points.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash leads his team onto the field before the first quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers coach Chris Ash has not had as much success as [Jeff] Brohm. He has won 4 of 18 games in his first 1-plus seasons but his team has been more competitive this year. The Scarlet Knights clearly played their best game last weekend, rushing for a season-high 274 yards.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) sets up to pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Giovanni Rescigno (17) sets up to pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. (Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports)

Gus Edwards rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns as Rutgers ended a 16-game losing streak in the Big Ten with a 35-24 win over Illinois on Saturday.

The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 1-2) led wire to wire for their first conference victory since 2015 at Indiana.

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Sep 30, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes against Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Trevor Morris (15) during second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 30, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes against Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Trevor Morris (15) during second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and became Ohio State's career passing yardage leader in leading the 11th-ranked Buckeyes to a 56-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night.

Mike Weber ran for a career-high three touchdowns and Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) blanked Rutgers (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight year. The Buckeyes have won three straight after being upset by Oklahoma.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State appeared to sort out some of the issues with its passing game in the blowout win over UNLV last Saturday, and the opportunity should be there for more of the same this week.

The 11th-ranked Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0) return to Big Ten play Saturday night (7 p.m. ET on BTN) at Rutgers (1-3, 0-1) as more than a four-touchdown favorite. Ohio State has won two straight after opening the conference season with a victory at Indiana and then stumbling at home against Oklahoma.

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Kiy Hester's third-quarter interception return for a touchdown gave Rutgers a 17-14 lead, but Nebraska stormed back to score 13 unanswered points en route to a 27-17 win on Saturday at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium. >> Read more 

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Rutgers has been placed on probation for two years for failing to properly "monitor its football program," according to the NY Daily News.

The violations took place between 2011 and 2015, when Kyle Flood was still the head coach.

Flood was fired after the 2015 season along with athletic director Julie Hermann.

Among the violations by Rutgers was a drug-testing program that didn't follow university guidelines, and Flood contacting professors in an effort to change grades.

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Sep 16, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) rushes against Morgan State Bears linebacker Jordan Cry (21) during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 16, 2017; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnathan Lewis (11) rushes against Morgan State Bears linebacker Jordan Cry (21) during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

 

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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)

This was the season that Rutgers was supposed to take the next step under second-year coach Chris Ash.

Two games into the season, the Scarlet Knights have to be concerned about a step in the wrong direction after losses to then-No. 8 Washington and Eastern Michigan, which was supposed to be a win on Rutgers' schedule.

The Eagles stunned Rutgers last week for their first win against a Big Ten Conference team and first win in 59 tries against a Power Five school.

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(Jesse Johnson)

Rutgers offensive coordinator, Jerry Kill, is back with the team after suffering a seizure early Sunday morning, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.  

Kill was back with the team on Monday head coach Chris Ash said. Kill was hit on the sideline following a play against Eastern Michigan Saturday, and hit his head. However, Ash isn't sure if the hit cause Kill to have a seizure the next morning. 

"There's a possibility of a number of things, including the sideline [hit]," Ash said Tuesday. "But that is not the definite things that tirggered anything. They don't know what happened. He hasn't had one in two years. He's been completely healthy. He was getting his sleep. He's been on a good diet. Obviously when you start to play games the stress level goes up. There's more nights with less sleep and that could contribute to it also."

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Recapping highlights from Syracuse's and Rutgers' tough losses on Saturday.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Paulie Fricano kicked a go-ahead 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Eastern Michigan made two late defensive stands in posting its biggest regular-season victory with a 16-13 decision over Rutgers Saturday.

It was the first win for the Eagles (2-0) against a Big Ten Conference foe in 39 overall games and their first win against a Power-5 school in 59 overall games. Their only other major win was a 30-27 victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl in 1987.

This was 11th straight loss for Rutgers (0-2) and it had to hurt after it played well against then No. 8 Washington last week.

Brogan Roback passed for 260 yards and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Porter. Fricano, who tied his single-game high with three field goals, also hit from 33 and 21 yards, the latter tying the game at 13 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers took a major step in its rebuilding under Chris Ash when it showed it could be competitive against a nationally ranked team last week.

With 10 straight losses in a row over the last two seasons, the Scarlet Knights need to take the next step.

They have to start winning, and they'll get that chance Saturday when they play host to Eastern Michigan (1-0) of the Mid-America Conference at High Point Solutions Stadium.

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(Ed Mulholland)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Dante Pettis woke up No. 8 Washington just before halftime with his sixth career punt return for a touchdown and Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes in a tougher-than-expected 30-14 victory over rebuilding Rutgers on Friday night.

Pettis' blistering 61-yard return gave the Huskies their first lead at 10-7 with 3:50 left in the half. He tied former California star DeSean Jackson's Pac-12 career record for punt returns for scores.

A senior receiver, Pettis actually set up the Huskies' first three scores this season. His 51-yard catch set up the first of three field goals by Tristan Vizcaino and his catches of 10 and 24 yards ignited an early third-quarter drive that Browning capped with a 7-yard swing pass to halfback Lavon Coleman for a 17-7 lead...

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(Patrick McDermott)

Rutgers is breaking in a new quarterback in fifth-year senior Kyle Bolin, a graduate transfer from Louisville.

Bolin will be making his seventh career start. He has passed for 2,104 yards in 17 career games.

"We're excited to watch him go play and I'm really glad he's here," second-year coach Chris Ash told reporters. "He's created a great competition at the quarterback position. I think he's elevated the play of others around him and just the leadership and the ethic the kid has demonstrated and brought to our offense has been outstanding so far."

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Jawuan Harris (3) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-32. (Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers has suspended wide receiver Jawuan Harris for the team's season opener against Washington for violating team rules, head coach Chris Ash told reporters Wednesday

"Right now for this game Jawuan Harris has got a one-game suspension for [violation of] team rules," Ash said. "But after that he'll be fine.''

Harris, who also plays for the school's baseball team, recorded 39 catches (three touchdowns) for 481 yards during his sophomore season on the gridiron. Looking outside of the suspension, Ash has been pleased with Harris's progress in summer camp. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell gestures from the bench against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights won 66-57. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell gestures from the bench against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the Big Ten Conference Tournament at Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights won 66-57. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

While top recruit Mamadou Doucoure was supposed to join Rutgers for the 2018-19 season, the power forward is set to join the team this year, according to Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press.

Carino reports that Doucoure has already enrolled at the university, but administration officials have not confirmed that he has been added to the roster.

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