Coach Kyle Flood must have really missed football during his three-game suspension. Flood and Rutgers forced four games worth of action and insanity into a 55-52 road victory over Indiana.
From a first-half lead to a 25-point deficit to an absurd comeback, Kyle Federico and Rutgers special teams erased a poor showing with the game-winning field goal as time expired.
“It’s not easy to describe right now, I think we’ll take a look as we go,” Flood said after the victory. “I’m so proud of our team and how they fought. They fought in the second half. It’s a testament to the quality of people we have in our program.”
Rutgers controlled the clock on a drive without star receiver Leonte Carroo to finish he comeback behind Federico’s leg.
“That’s every kicker’s dream at the end of the game to get a game-winner and be the hero and it was my time,” Federico said. “I had to come through.”
The comeback is Flood’s second 25-point deficit erased in his last five games in charge. Rutgers did the same against Maryland last season.
“The difference is you have the right people,” Flood said on his comeback. “You need special people on your team to be able to come back and overcome that and I give a ton of credit to coach Wilson. They’ve got a really good football team and they’re tough to handle.”
Carroo did it again with three more touchdowns and 157 yards, but his biggest storyline is on the injury front. Carroo did not return after his third touchdown, and finished the game in street clothes.
Flood will have more detail Monday, but the Scarlet Knights (3-3, 1-2) may be without their star yet again when they host defending national champion Ohio State.
“Next week will be a new week with different matchups and different schemes,” Flood said. “I’m really proud of what we did today. We’re going to enjoy it on the way home. We’ll get back to work tomorrow.”