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.
"I'm more concerned about us being able to recapture the focus and the energy and the passion and the physicality we played with last Saturday," Ash said. "That's our challenge. Purdue is a much-improved football team. They've got big physical guys on both sides, up front on both sides. They've got skilled players in the right positions. Their quarterbacks are playing well, very multiple, create some schematic problems on both sides of the ball. But I'm not worried about that."
Here are some things to watch in the game that features two schools playing for the first time despite long histories in football. Rutgers played in the first college football game in 1869 (1,331 total games). Purdue started in 1887 (1,209). >> Read more
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