The Week That Was's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment features a season-ending loss for the Scarlet Knights and some new recruiting names.

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On the Gridiron
  • Rutgers (8-4, 4-3) suffered a heart-breaking loss to Connecticut Saturday to conclude the regular season. Dominated in every aspect, the Scarlet Knights blew any chance at a BCS berth and a share of their first conference title.

  • The loss makes the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium the odds-on favorite for Rutgers, pitting the team against the No. 7 team in the Big 12. Right now, that is either Texas A&M or Iowa State, but Texas is also in the picture. The Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., is also not out of question for the Scarlet Knights.

  • After 10 straight grueling weeks, the Scarlet Knights finally have a week off. For the players, that means some much needed rest and rehabilitation. For the coaching staff recruiting heats and so does preparation for a bowl game.

  • The quarterback drama between Chas Dodd and Gary Nova for the first-team job continues. Dodd performed poorly against UConn and Nova did a lot well off the bench in mop-up duty. Though Nova committed two turnovers, he moved the ball on every four-quarter drive and threw two touchdowns.

  • Much of Nova's success goes to a series of tremendous plays by red-shirt freshman receiver Brandon Coleman. Coleman went for 223 yards, including a 92-yarder, in the loss.

  • Junior tight end D.C. Jefferson (knee) did not play but warmed up on the sidelines prior to kick. Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Justin Francis needed stitches after an ugly injury against the Huskies, but has plenty of time to rest before the bowl.

  • A non-game week means the coaching staff can put a lot more attention on recruiting. With the first series of official visits coming Saturday and recruiting meetings yesterday, the entire staff has a busy week with many positions left to fill in the Class of 2012.

  • Saturday will be a big week for out-of-state official visitors. Reported by last week, the list includes Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) receiver Traveras Copeland and Syracuse commit Tashon Whitehurst.

  • JuCo offensive lineman Charles Siddoway also has a post-season official visit planned to Rutgers. Siddoway holds seven scholarship offers and has two years to play two college seasons.Bloomsburg Area (Pa.) quarterback and Rutgers commit Blake Rankin's high school career came to an end last week when he broke his ankle early in a game. Rankin remains upbeat about his recovery and told he is excited for his planned official visit to Rutgers.

  • will be live at many New Jersey high school championship games Friday and Saturday. Tons of Rutgers prospects will be in action, including the Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) senior quartet, defensive line commit Julian Pinnix-Odrick of Montclair, four-star quarterback Devin Fuller of Northern Valley (Old Tappan, N.J.) and running back commit Delon Stephenson of Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.).

    On the Hardwood
    • It was an ugly Thanksgiving holiday for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers fell behind early and lost both games of the Cancun Challenge. Illinois State won, 76-70, and Richmond won the next day, 58-53.

    • The Scarlet Knights (3-3) return home tonight to face UMBC (0-6).

    • Thanksgiving was not nearly as unpleasant on the women's side of the court. No. 13 Rutgers won its fourth, fifth and sixth games of the season against Lehigh, Georgia Tech and Arizona State.

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