The Rutgers nightmare continues, but at least the latest problem came on the football field. The most anticipated game of the season was over before halftime and sent the Scarlet Knights back home with a 28-3 loss.
Suspended head coach Kyle Flood had to watch helplessly on television as his program struggled through four painful quarters of football.
“I don’t think the result was an issue of negative attention on the program or the situation with the head coach being suspended,” said interim coach Norries Wilson. I think that Penn State did a good job of executing their plan better than we did. They ran the ball very effectively against us.”
Wilson followed Flood’s example at quarterback.
Sophomore Chris Laviano received a long leash as the starter, and remained in even after two interceptions and a three-touchdown deficit to start the fourth quarter. Wilson said he had the authority to play Hayden Rettig but chose not to.
Laviano was sharp on a seven-minute field goal drive, but finished 27-for-42 with two interceptions and five sacks.
“We just have to start off faster than we did,” Laviano said. “And we’ve got to score points.”