SHI Stadium—Rutgers had the hands full playing the # 3 Ohio State Buckeyes on Military Appreciation Day, the game was presented by McDonalds. The Knights gave OSU a run for their money today.
The Scarlet Knights was 6-2 and it is their best start to a season since starting 7-1 in 2012. The six wins are the most in a season since going 8-5 in 2014.
Rutgers are bowl eligible for the seventh time under coach Greg Schiano and is set to earn their 12th bowl invitation in program history.
This was the 10th consecutive years the two universities have played but the streak will end after this year as they won’t play in 2024. The series will resume in 2025 in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson rushed the ball 22 times for 128 yards along with a touchdown to help Ohio State (9-0) beat Rutgers (6-3) 34-16 in front of an announced crowd of 57, 703 at SHI Stadium.
The Buckeyes has not lost to the Scarlet Knights and holds a 9-0 advantage in the series that started in 2014, including a 4-0 edge in contests played at SHI stadium.
OSU on their second drive got things going, they moved the ball with running back TreVeyon Henderson picking up big chunk of yards at a clip. They finished the drive off with quarterback Kyle McCord hitting Gee Scott Jr. for 14-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Rutgers can back on two consecutive drives and kicked two field goals one for 22 and the second one for 21 yards, the first drive was highlighted by a fumble ruski play on 4 on 1 running back Kyle Monanga picked up the ball and ran for 45 yards but the Scarlet Knights couldn’t punched it in.
The next scoring drive for RU was set up linebacker Mo Toure stepped in front of a McCord pass and the Knights marched down the field and Jai Patel kicked his third field goal of the game of 20 yards and RU had 9-7 lead going into halftime.
In the second half Gavin Wimsatt forced a pass in the redzone and it was picked off by defensive back Jordan Hancock who sprinted the other way for 93-yards and touchdown. That pick six knocked the sail out of the Scarlet Knights for the game.
Scarlet Knights running back Kyle Monangai had a big game again with 159 yards on the ground on 24 carries. He punished Buckeyes’ defenders all game long especially in the third quarter.
Ohio State put the game away with a pair of touchdowns by Marvin Harris Jr. Harris finished the afternoon with 4 receptions for 25 yards.
The Scarlet Knights gave the Buckeyes fits for the first three quarters, they have nothing to be ashamed about they will keep chopping.
Rutgers had 232 yards on the ground averaging 5.4 yds/ per carry. Monangai and Wimsatt kept the Buckeyes’ defense busy but couldn’t push the ball across the goal in the clutch.
Ohio State: Home vs Michigan State on Saturday.
Rutgers: At Iowa on Saturday.