The 24-hour rule for the Rutgers football team applies as much to victories as it does to losses.
Its a gimmick Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano presents to his players that allows them exactly one day after each game to either gloat or mope, depending on the outcome.
Then they must mentally put the result behind them and move on
Scarlet Knights put pride on display after victory
The trio of referees have been a consistent presence at every Rutgers practice since the second week of fall camp. They oversee all two-minute drills, special teams exercises and any situation where the offense and defense line up and face off, throwing flags and alerting the coaches to any infractions.
Yet, despite the heavy emphasis on avoiding them, penalties continue to be a problem for the Scarlet Knights.
There was very little to find fault with in Rutgers' 44-0 victory over Army on Saturday, but there is no question the penalties are causing a concern.
CAUGHT IN A RUT: Despite victory, penalties still a concern for Knights
It seemed as though nothing could stop the Scarlet Knights Saturday night from playing their most complete game in more than a year; not a 45-minute lightning delay in the beginning of the first quarter after Rutgers had jumped all over Army for a 10-0 lead with 9:36 to play and certainly not an Army defense which looked baffled by an RU offense that had struggled in its two prior games.
However, the 44-0 pounding that Rutgers (1-2) delivered on Homecoming evening was not just a win, but also a huge boost of confidence for a team searching for identity.
RU electrifies Homecoming crowd
They booed Ryan Cubit.
Rutgers was up by 37 points, clearly en route to its first win of the season. There was less than a quarter of football to go when coach Greg Schiano decided to insert his new backup quarterback, the sophomore who spent 12 games bouncing up from brutal beatings only to take more. And as Cubit ran onto the field, as a reward for his continued efforts, some Rutgers fans booed.
Is it any surprise Schiano cares little what Rutgers followers think a day after his team put together a 44-0 pounding of Army? Yes it was the most dominating effort in any set of the 14-game Schiano era. Sure it was a heart-pounding, feel-damn-good win after two drubbings at the hands of lesser opponents. But is Schiano interested in telling his critics to chill out?
Rutgers savors victory, brushes off naysayers
Even if Rutgers coach Greg Schiano didn't have what he calls "the 24-hour rule" -- the amount of time he allows his team to dwell on a game, win or lose -- chances are the Knights wouldn't be reveling in their 44-0 rout of Army on Saturday night for too long this week.
Because as impressive and much needed as that victory was, there's some sobering reality to deal with now
Rutgers football: The hard part starts now
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