Rutgers Can't Seize the Moment

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers failed to finish with a lead and momentum, blowing a 10-point lead to Penn State. The Scarlet Knights defense answered the call before a crushing fourth quarterback touchdown to give the Nittany Lions a 13-10 victory.

It was a repeat story for Rutgers with a big game on the line. The Scarlet Knights built a 10-point lead with surprising power defensively.

Five interceptions later and the Scarlet Knights watched Penn State and coach James Franklin celebrate on the 50-yard line in front of the visiting fans.

“We're a really hurting team right now,” said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. “You play a close game against a good football team and you win at the end like we did in the first game, there's exuberance, and then you play a close game and you don't win, and it's devastating; And it's probably a good word I can use for our team right now.”

Quarterback Gary Nova and the Ralph Friedgen offense never got it going after an early athletic scramble. Rutgers passed the ball 17 more times than it ran with 192 passing yards and zero points through the air as the result.

The Rutgers defense held strong and rattled sophomore PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg until fatigue set in. Hackenberg delivered the drive he needed, and running back Bill Belton finished with the game-winning touchdown.


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