PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The final minutes of a 49-7 blowout loss between Ohio State and Rutgers was technically garbage time, but it meant a lot to Scarlet Knight quarterback Hayden Rettig. Rettig returned to the field after more than a month on the bench, and prevented a shutout with a late touchdown drive.
Every quarterback wants to play, and the fourth quarter for Rutgers backup Hayden Rettig was meaningful after the coaches went with Chris Laviano to start the season.
Rettig, like any quarterback, does not want to sit on the bench but remains focused on his role within the program.
" I just feel like the more experience I get, the better I'm going to be," Rettig said. "I just felt good. It was just finishing that drive. Even if all of the fans weren't there, I felt good. My teammates felt good. I felt like I progressed."
Rettig prevented a shutout with a strong final drive. He conntected on a 58-yard bomb to Carlton Agudosi with two minutes to play and then threw a touchdown to Andre Patton at the game's conclusion.
"It's a grown man's game and I'm just going to have to step it up and throw and get hit afterwards," Rettig said on his passing play. "It felt like getting those cobwebs after the first hit."