Rutgers Offense Breaks Down Shutout Loss to Penn State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno alongside receivers Jawuan Harris and Andre Patton explain what went wrong in the fourth shutout of 2016 and why they believe in the direction of the offense.

Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno on shutout loss...

First off, I'm disappointed for the seniors. We wanted to send them off the right way. They're a great group of guys, and I'm really blessed to be able to be around them for the time I was. I learned a lot from them, and we wanted to send them off the right way. Unfortunately, we didn't do that. We've got one more game next week and we're still looking forward to it.”

On Penn State's dominance on the defensive line...

They had pressure on me. I think, for the most part the past couple of weeks, the o-line has gotten better. I'm still seeing things on my part too. I have to get better at knowing where the pressure is coming from, stuff like that where I have to communicate better with the line.”

On Rutgers improvements...

I think it's pretty obvious to tell how hard we work as a team. There's no doubt about that. Players go out every single week and play their butts off. The leadership that we have with the seniors that I just talked about, going forward with this program and the direction that coach Ash has it going is so promising. It's kind of hard for you guys too understand that coming from the outside looking in, but as a player, as someone that's been around almost three years now, I kind of understand what's good and what's bad and this program is really headed in the right direction.”

Senior receiver Andre Patton on shutout...

I just don't think we were together as a whole, executing. It wasn't one person specifically. It was just us as an offense. We weren't clicking or doing what we were supposed to do.”

On how much he wants to win his final game...

It's not only the last game, I wanted all of the other games too. We've got one more on the road, and this week preparation is going to be the same as every other week. It's probably a little more important since it's the last game. I want to go out with a win. I'm sure the rest of the team wants to go out with a win.”

Freshman receiver Jawuan Harris on challenges against Penn State's defense...

When the weather started getting out of hand, I think that was the biggest thing. We couldn't really throw, throw and catch like we wanted to. We tried to run the ball. We just couldn't really get things going on offense.”

On switches between Rescigno and Tylin Oden...

Not really [tough]. We kind of knew it was coming. We practiced it, so we knew it was coming.”


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