Offensive Troubles for Knights

Before taking on North Carolina, Thursday night games on national television found a nice place in the heart's of Rutgers fans. After the debacle against UNC where they lost 44-12, many are left scratching their head wondering, what's wrong with the offense?

In what was a must-win game, the Rutgers' offense was absent, again.

Through two weeks, the Knights have looked inept with the ball. So far, they've only scored two touchdowns and are only averaging a lackluster nine and-a-half points per game.

After allowing 27 points to McNeese State, North Carolina was able to hold Rutgers in check during its 44-12 route on Thursday.

"It feels like we're just a little bit off," Schiano said. "Why we're a little bit off, that's what we need to figure out."So we're a little off, we need to make this block, we need to make this throw, we need to make this catch, but I think after Week 1 I thought we would just go out and do it after we worked on it. Now I need to look at it to see if it's more than that."

One of the main reasons for the struggles has been the inability of fifth year senior Mike Teel to get into a groove. He was just 25-for-40 with one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.

Coming off a season where he threw a school record 20 touchdown passes, Teel has just one, compared to five interceptions in the two home games. The lone score came early in the fourth where UNC was well on its way to victory at 38-12.

"Tonight was extremely tough for us," Teel said, "since we had good practices this week. It's uncharacteristic for us to play like this. We have no excuses. Everyone on this team knows we are better than our record. We will get through this, but there's work to do, and it's time for us to take the steps to improve on our mistakes."

To score points, you need to keep the chains moving and score in the red zone. RU was unable to do that as they were non-existent on third down conversions going 0-for-9. Inside the 20, the Knights could only punch it in once - when the outcome was already decided - and settled for field goals twice.

"We just have to watch the film and get better," senior wide receiver Tiquan Underwood said. "Coach always preaches - no matter if it's a good play or bad play, good game or bad game - you have to learn from it and keep pushing forward."

Against Fresno State, they came away with zero points on two red zone drives.

Junior receiver Kenny Britt, who finished the game with eight receptions for 109 yards, sees the team's deficiencies deep in opponents' territory as the only flaw in the offensive game plan. To him, they can drive it down the field, but are just having a hard time scoring.

"I think we can take the ball from any part of the field and drive it down to the red zone," he said. "We're just not putting it into the end zone."

Britt knows the offense hasn't lived up to expectations, but said things can swing at any moment. With all the talent provided, it's up to the players and not what the other team throws at them.

"This can be turned around any day, any week, second," he said. "It's all up to us, it's not about the other teams, it's all about us."


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