Aftermath: Kyle Flood Conference Call

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media immediately after returning to New Jersey from the 52-51 overtime loss to Fresno State. After tape review, Flood discussed his message to the team after landing at Newark Airport and his post-game film review.

Showing signs for the future is a welcome sight for any program, but Rutgers coach Kyle Flood wants to win right now and that was his message to his team after returning home from a marathon 52-51 loss to Fresno State in the opener.

In a game where first-time impact players like Leonte Carroo, Paul James and Ian Thomas stood out, Flood said winning now is most important.

"I think all of those things really speak well for the future of Rutgers football," Flood said. "Now we have high expectations for this team right now and that was a little bit of my message to them after we had gotten back. We're going to quickly turn our sights to making the corrections we need to make because the clock is ticking and the next game is coming."

The Gambler

Flood stood by his decision to go for two in overtime. The pass from Gary Nova to Brandon Coleman fell incomplete, but the opportunity on the road was there.

"I thought we had the defender out-leveraged and that's really all we're looking for on that play," Flood said.

Risk-taking became a theme offensively for Flood and offensive coordinator Ron Prince in the opener.

"It's always about the players," Flood said on increased aggression. "I think the more established and the more the players show you in practice what they're able to do, the more aggressive you can be as you call the game. … We have a tremendous amount of trust and faith in Gary to handle the ball and treat it the right way."

Muller Steps In

Offensive lineman Chris Muller stepped into the game at the end of the second half and played the remainder of the contest at right guard.

"I saw a guy that looked like a freshman offensive lineman," Flood said. "Chris is very physically gifted and did some things. And at other times, it was a little bit fast for him. Now that he has that experience, on the road, night game, national TV, hostile environment, I think it will serve him well as he goes forward. Like I said before during the week, Chris is going to play a lot of football for us this year."

Penalties and Reviews

Flood will speak with AAC officiating coordinator Terry McAulay about the officiating in the game. Flood said he is unlikely to make any further comments about decisions like the personal foul call on Darius Hamilton.

Injury Updates

Guard Andre Civil left the game injured in the second quarter and will not return. Safety Johnathan Aiken was on crutches after the game as well. Flood said he plans to evaluate the health over a long weekend with a lot of guys feelings stiff after the five-hour flight home.

Late scratch Jamil Merrell (foot) was close to going and has a good chance to play next week.

"He just wasn't quite there," Flood said. "Although disappointing, the Brightside of that is I think he'll be even closer."

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