With their season on the line, the Scarlet Knights flopped in spectacular fashion at Navy on Saturday. The Midshipmen rushed for a season-high 476 yards and six touchdowns en route to a 54-21 home victory.
Had Rutgers beaten Navy, they would've had a chance to finish better than .500 for the first time in 12 years. Instead, Thursday's game against Big East foe Connecticut (6-4) has been reduced to a meaningless finale.
The Scarlet Knights will endure their 12th consecutive losing season after opening the campaign with a 4-2 record. Rutgers (4-6) could drop its last five games.
"I'm surprised (by the loss), but you can't do nothing about it now," said wide receiver Tres Moses, who reeled in six passes for 121 yards. "I thought we came ready to play. But we got on the field and it got bad real quick."
Navy led 40-7 at halftime and scored 47 unanswered points at one point. Rutgers added two fourth-quarter scores to soften the disparity.
GAME BALL GOES TO
TE Clark Harris -- The junior caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 54-21 defeat at Navy. Harris, a John Mackey Award candidate, has caught 49 passes for 664 yards this season.
KEEP AN EYE ON
WR Tres Moses -- The senior caught six passes for 121 yards against Navy and set Rutgers' single-season record for receptions (74). Moses has reeled in 62 passes for 780 yards in the past seven games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'd probably say this is my toughest (loss). We had so much that we could've done. After this, it kind of changes your whole perspective on things." -- WR Tres Moses, on Saturday's loss at Navy.
The Scarlet Knights accomplished very little at Navy on Saturday. WR Tres Moses (six catches, 121 yards) and TE Clark Harris (nine catches, 116) turned in positive performances. Even Rutgers' defense, which entered the game with a Big East-leading 31 sacks, failed to reach Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco (although, of course, Navy doesn't pass much).
NEEDS SOME WORK
Rutgers' defense played as if it had never seen an option attack before. Navy rolled up a season-high 613 yards, 476 of which came on the ground. The Midshipmen scored six rushing touchdowns. And to think, Rutgers had two weeks to prepare.
WR Shawn Tucker (groin) will miss the remainder of the season. TE Sam Johnson (concussion) is questionable for the Connecticut game and LB Berkeley Hutchinson has left the team for personal reasons. ... Sophomore QB Terrence Shawell replaced starter Ryan Hart on two occasions at Navy. He completed 6 of 12 pass attempts for 126 yards and one touchdown.