Lack of Discipline Buries Rutgers in Loss to Washington State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers lost two touchdowns on penalties and could not stop the Washington State offense when it mattered most in a devastating 37-34 finish for the Scarlet Knights.

If only Janarion Grant also played quarterback, offensive line, safety and disciplinarian.

Grant gave Rutgers everything he had in the zoo that was Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Washington State.

One week after Wazzu fell to its 1AA opponent, the Cougars picked Rutgers apart offensively and Rutgers had no answer in Chris Laviano's first career start.

“It's disappointing,”  said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. “The players who got called for those penalties are experienced guys. Justin Goodwin and Chris Muller, those are the core of our team. So we have to look at them on film and make sure we correct whatever there is to correct after we see them on film.”

Discipline devastated Rutgers (1-1) with timeout management issues and 11 penalties. Rutgers lost two touchdowns on veteran penalties and never had the complete answer against Mike Leach’s passing game.

Laviano committed two turnovers and threw for 204 yards and a touchdown.
“He got better as the game went on,” Flood said. “I thought there was some shaky points in the first half for sure. Maybe first-game start jitters maybe, I don't know. You'll have to ask him that. You'll have a chance to do that. I thought he got better as the game went on. I'm pleased with the way he played in the second half.”

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