The Rutgers magical season took a major back step Saturday with an embarrassing homecoming loss to Kent State. The Scarlet Knights entered the game as heavy favorites, but fell behind early and lost 35-23 to the unranked Golden Flashes.
Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova threw a stunning six interceptions in the loss, but remained in the game for its entirety. Nova remains the unquestioned starter heading into the bye week, said head coach Kyle Flood.
Rutgers limps into the bye week with its Big East title hopes intact. The non-conference loss eliminates any hopes of an appearance in the national title game, but Rutgers controls its own destiny to the BCS with three more conference games on the schedule.
The Scarlet Knights have three practices planned this week, but may adjust their schedule based on the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Rutgers canceled classes and most activities through Tuesday night in preparation.
Rutgers remains ranked, at No. 25, in the USA Today coaches poll, but dropped out of the BCS and Associate Press Rankings.
As forgettable is the week was on the field, it was a big one for Rutgers in recruiting. The Scarlet Knights secured their first verbal commitment of 2014 from talented Palmetto (Fla.) running back Josh Hicks. Hicks camped at Rutgers over the summer and marks the earliest commitment to a class in the last decade.
Piscataway (N.J.) cornerback Nadir Barnwell reinjured his shoulder this week and his season could be over. The four-star prospect remains on schedule for enrollment at Rutgers next semester.
Morman is down to Rutgers and Cincinnati and will take one more official visit before making a decision, he said.
Henry does not have plans to decide until the spring, but Rutgers and Clemson both emerged as early leaders after fall visits.