Rutgers, Flood Not Overreacting to Loss

Rutgers is back in Piscataway and ready to begin Nebraska game week Sunday evening on the practice field. Head coach Kyle Flood spent his Sunday breaking down the tape from a 56-17 loss to the Buckeyes, and explained why no wholesale changes are coming because of what took place Saturday.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spent his Saturday night and much of Sunday researching and reviewing the 39-point loss to Ohio State.

After careful consideration, Flood said no wholesale changes are coming. The errors, he said, came in the details.

“There’s certainly a lot we need to do better, and I would tell you that the answers for us are in the details,” Flood said. “They’re not in changes. We think we’ve got a good system in place and a good scheme in all three phases. We just didn’t do a very good job with the details of what we’re doing.”

Rutgers (5-2, 1-2) showed its maturity in moving on from the devastating blown lead against Penn State. Flood stated his confidence in doing the same this week after the blowout in Columbus.

“I don’t see it lingering,” Flood said. “I don’t think that’s the kind of football team we have. We went through this kind of experience earlier in the year. … I know this, we’ve got a football team that competes. One of the things I take away from that game as a major positive is the way our football team competed all the way through the end of the game.”

The competition was not just by the starters, but by the second team that came in for the final portion of the game.

Flood turned to the twos on both sides of the ball, giving chances to players like quarterback Chris Laviano, running back Robert Martin, guard Ryan Brodie and linebackers Myles Nash and L.J. Liston.

The second-team defense stopped Ohio State on fourth down, and the offense drove the ball across midfield before a turnover on downs of its own.

“I’m pleased at how they competed,” Flood said. “I’m pleased at the tempo they played with. I like the way Robert Martin runs the ball, but I’ve said that to you guys before. It’s nice to get him a few carries in a game. I thought Chris operated well. For the wrong reasons, but an opportunity to get some guys some experience in a game and I think those things will be positives for us.”

Flood and the coaching staff focused on Ohio State review, and turn their attention to Nebraska tonight during Sunday practice. Flood does not anticipate anyone that played against the Buckeyes to miss the Nebraska game due to injury, he said.

“We’re going to really get into that tonight,” Flood said. “We spent most of today evaluating this game tape evaluating ourselves as a coaching staff. We’re going to meet with the players [around 4:30], and then we’ll go out and practice for a little bit.”

Rutgers’ Thoughts with Shuler

Former Scarlet Knight and Long Branch (N.J.) product Miles Shuler suffered a head injury for Northwestern last night. After spending the night in the hospital, Shuler checked out this morning and received well wishes from his former head coach.

“I heard back from [Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald] that he’s doing well, and I actually heard from Miles as well,” Flood said. “He got discharged from the hospital this afternoon. I just told him, ‘hey listen, our prayers are with you. We’re looking forward to seeing you back on the field.’ I don’t know the details. I haven’t even seen the play. Somebody else told me about it. Miles is a good person and a good kid and somebody that I root for.”

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