Rutgers 19 - Michigan State 14

For the first time since 1991, Rutgers defeats Michigan State, 19-14.

Freshman Kicker Jeremy Ito received just a glimpse of his future career after a single game as he connected on 4 of 7 field goals to set the new Rutgers single game record for attempted field goals: 7.   "I was surprised he put me in that situation, but I was glad he put me in that situation.  I am glad he had the confidence in me.  It really doesn't matter that much [the record]. We won the game and we're 1 and 0."

"Jeremy is really a talented young man and I didn't want him to think for a minute he would be judged by one kick.  He is such an even keeled guy," said Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano after the game, in reference to Ito's long FG attempt after his chip shot miss.

In a game full of records, Rutgers enjoyed the highest single game attendance ever at the new Rutgers stadium: 42,612, eclipsing the mark set against Texas in 1999.  Scarlet clad fans were in a frenzy early, many filling up parking lots as soon as daylight arrived, perhaps sensing that something special was about to happen.  With ABC's Vice President on hand, to name just one of the VIPs in attendance, Rutgers couldn't have picked a better situation to show the nation that college football is back where it started, in New Jersey.

Not to be outdone by the string of records, Ryan Neill decided to join the pack by doing his best Brian Leonard impression in the 3rd quarter, by scoring his first ever touchdown after reading a screen play and rumbling down the field for 31 yards and the score. 

Though they controlled, from the opening kick-off, an MSU team that looked vastly inferior in every respect, Rutgers found itself on the verge of disaster on several occasions late in the 4th quarter.  Saved by a string of sacks, including for losses of 2 yards and 8 yards, the Spartan offense started to click as the clock began to wind down.  On a crucial 3rd and long from inside Rutgers territory, Damon Dowdell missed his streaking target down the left sideline and overthrew by more than 10 yards an open receiver that would have put MSU ahead.  A single play later, Rutgers showed why they have turned the corner. 

"We've spent so much time as a program on mental toughness, what it is, and we stress to play in the moment, no matter what the situation, you just do your best," stated Coach Schiano in reference to what he didn't say at certain crucial game situations. 

On fourth down, with a little over 1 minute left on the clock, Dowdell completed a screen pass in the right flat as the streaking Knight defenders, still several yards away, pursued the ball with a speed and fury unbeknownst to men wearing this jersey color.  And in an instant they had caught their target.  And with a flick of the finger, the game's ending had come.

Notes:  Markis Facyson suffered a high ankle sprain.  He is day to day and it appears that he will be ready for Rutgers upcoming game. 

Fans gather for "The Scarlet Walk"


Fans gather for "The Scarlet Walk"


The Rutgers Marching Band greeting fans in the Scarlet Lot


A home-made version of the Rutgers Escalade


The Scarlet Knight mingling with the fans


The Rutgers Football team comes out of the tunnel


Opening Kick-Off


Coach Schiano answering post game questions


The Final Score: Rutgers 19 - Michigan State 14


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