Rutgers Captain Quentin Gause Continues Impact Season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Linebacker Quentin Gause's rise to the top continued Saturday when he led Rutgers with a career-high and game-high 10 tackles in the failed upset bid against Michigan State. Rutgers' senior captain spoke with Scout about his big game, and the next step after a frustrating conference loss.

It was not too long ago that Quentin Gause was a man without a position for the Rutgers football team. A linebacker turned defensive end turned fullback, Gause never gave up and a move back to his natural position as a red-shirt sophomore paid off.

Three years and 20 starts later, Gause is one of the leaders of a Rutgers defense that gave Michigan State its best shot Saturday night in Piscataway. The best, unfortunately for Rutgers, was one drive too short.

"I was just thinking about getting a stop and making sure they don't score," Gause said on his game focus. "That was on everybody's mind. The play happens. We were thinking about it as a boxing match. It was round 12 at that point and at round 12, you have to fight."

Gause swarmed the football against the Spartans with a team-high 10 tackles. The showing puts him at 158 career tackles. More importantly, Gause has not missed a game since he red-shirted in Greg Schiano's final season.

"Keep going because you don't stop," Gause said. "That was a close game. We should have pulled it out, should-have could-have would-have. We have to come back tomorrow, get in the weight room, go over the film and get back to it. We've got Indiana next."

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