Add a massively bruised ego to the lengthy injury list that has plagued Rutgers this summer. Just when it seemed the Knights had covered nearly every football low that existed during Greg Schiano's first season as head coach a year ago, they managed to redefine rock bottom yet again. For the first time in school history, Rutgers lost to a 1-AA team. At home.
Rutgers makes history: Loses to 1-AA Villanona in opener
After spending a good portion of preseason camp raving about the leadership of this Rutgers team, head coach Greg Schiano is about to find out of if the praise is warranted. Nothing tests a team faster than a home loss to a 1-AA team picked for a mid-pack finish in the Atlantic 10.
Tutgers: Loss will test team's mettle
Villanova, as in Division 1AA Villanova. ... Villanova, as in 22 fewer scholarships Villanova. ...Villanova, as in a place-kicker who never before had attempted a field goal and a quarterback who, when measured against everyone else on the field, looked as though he should be following Snow White out of the huddle, singing "Hi-ho, hi-ho it's off to work we go."... That Villanova beat Rutgers so badly last night that you couldn't have found evidence of the "time" that is supposed to be approaching with a sundial, Big Ben or the Hubble Telescope.
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PISCATAWAY - Brian White was sick before the game, was throwing up during the game, but when it was over, it was White who had left Rutgers feeling ill. Villanova's fifth-year senior from Hamilton High was the difference maker last night, catching 12 passes for 165 yards in the seventh-best game in Wildcat receiving history, sparking a victory that gave veteran coach Andy Talley his first win over a I-A team in eight tries.
White leaves Rutgers feeling ill
PISCATAWAY -- The performance the Rutgers football team's defense turned in could be called 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.'
The good was provided by linebackers Gary Brackett and Brian Hohmann, who each had interceptions that the offense turned into scores. The bad was the lack of fundamentals as the defense missed tackles, didn't apply any pressure and yielded several big plays. And the ugly turned out to be the final score: Villanova 37, Rutgers 19.
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The birthplace of college football hit an all-time low last night with a loss to a Division I-AA team.
Brett Gordon passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns and Villanova handed Rutgers its first loss to a Division I-AA team, embarrassing the Scarlet Knights 37-19, in Piscataway.
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PISCATAWAY - Villanova's gorgeous trick play was pretty much the big nail in the coffin for the Rutgers football team Saturday night, a 50-yard flea-flicker that put the Wildcats up by 11 points with 10:02 remaining in the third quarter.
Daily Record Sports - I-AA Villanova rocks Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights went down early, falling behind 17-7 and 24-13, but seemed to seize the momentum late in the third quarter. A Brian Hohmann interception gave the Knights the ball on the Villanova 15-yard line, and quarterback Ryan Cubit (17-38, 184 yards) punctuated a five-play drive by diving into the end zone to cut the lead to 24-19.
With Gordon at the controls, Villanova positively picked apart Rutgers' over-aggressive defense. The little guy with a popgun for an arm, who couldn't possibly handle the wear and tear it takes to play at a major college, threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 37-19 victory.
The Northern Burlington quarterback came to Rutgers hoping to lead his home-state school out of the depths of the Big East and on to a championship, and now that burden was riding piggyback on his every pass. Throws he had made since he started playing quarterback at age 8 were sliding out of his hand awkwardly, sailing over receivers and wobbling sadly to the ground.
Having long ago fallen out of the race for the starting job this season, Cali now appeared to have dropped to No. 4 on the depth chart, behind incumbent Ryan Cubit, redshirt junior Ted Trump and fellow freshman Ryan Hart.
PISCATAWAY - When the Rutgers Scarlet Knights stop to consider the carnage of this football catastrophe, they had to understand this was the most frightening truth of all: Villanova isn't even considered a good Division I-AA team. Just all right, just picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference, behind FDU, Felician, and Fashion Institute. They had never beaten a I-A team since restoring football in 1985, losing seven straight until gathering a $200,000 guarantee check and leaving doubled-over with laughter Saturday night.
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After a preseason during which they promised improved play, the Scarlet Knights looked as if the only progress they'd made was in general ineptitude. Falling 37-19 to Division I-AA Villanova in its season opener Saturday night, Rutgers was pushed around by a physically and numerically smaller squad. Coach Greg Schiano couldn't have scripted a better opponent to open his second campaign, but the night ended up being one horror after another.
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IT'S THE FIRST: Saturday night's 37-19 Villanova victory over Rutgers was the Wildcats first ever over a Division I-A school. The 'Cats entered the contest 0-7 lifetime against Division I-A schools and that included a 34-21 loss to Rutgers in 2000.
Villanova Footbal Postgame Notebook :: Notes and Quotes from the 'Cats 37-19 victory over Rutgers
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