PHOTO GALLERY: Rutgers vs. Ohio State, Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Photos by Tian Li / Staff Photographer

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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett avoids pressure from Rutgers linebacker Kevin Snyder.

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Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova takes a hit from Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry.

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Ohio State running back Elliot Ezekiel maneuvers around defensive traffic.

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Rutgers running back Justin Goodwin takes a hard hit from Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant.

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Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant intercepts a Rutgers pass in the end zone just before halftime.

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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett scrambles for a big gain.

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Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer makes an impressive touchdown grab in the third quarter.

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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett celebrates one of his two touchdown runs.

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Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft tumbles out of bounds.

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Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa records one of his two sacks of Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova.

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Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer lands after an impressive touchdown grab.

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Postgame Quotes from Rutgers’ historic first Big Ten win

Photo by Tian Li / Staff Photographer

Photo by Tian Li / Staff Photographer

The Rutgers football team reacts in the locker room following the fans storming the field after the Scarlet Knights’ 26-24 win against Michigan:

Junior wide receiver Leonte Carroo

On what it means to him:

“This is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay home — for big opportunities like this, for big games like this and moments like this. That feeling with the whole entire fan core storming the field like that, you can’t feel that anywhere else. It wouldn’t feel the same for a kid who left and went to another school, but he’s from New Jersey. Me being from New Jersey, me being a local kid, for me to stay home and win a game like that … and all the fans and everyone loving me is just great.”

On soaking in the fans rushing the field:

“I probably took a million pictures, a million selfies. Fans were giving me ‘Carroo’ chants. It was awesome, it was great. I was able to find my dad and my brother and hug them after the game, and I just had a lot of fun out there.”

On quarterback Gary Nova’s performance and answering critics:

“I feel like he had something to prove. He came up short in the Penn State game, but this game you saw a different Gary. You saw him more confident, you saw him more excited to go out there and play. And I knew he was going to have a great game from the moment we got off the bus. He knew he wasn’t going to go out like he did versus Penn State. He was going to come out here, he was going to execute, and I’m extremely proud of him.

“He was upset [after the Penn State loss]. He was truly upset with the way he played against Penn State, and he’s a guy that always wants to do well for this team, and I feel like he just wanted to go out there and put on his best performance [tonight]. He was making smart plays, running when he needed to. He wasn’t forcing anything, and it truly showed what type of quarterback Gary Nova can be.”

Senior quarterback Gary Nova

On what fans storming the field meant to the team:

“It’s great. It’s something you remember forever. It’s the reason why you play college football — for moments like that. We’ve got a huge bye week to get our bodies feeling great and Ohio State to look forward to.”

On coming through in a big game with his first career 400-yard passing game:

“It just feels good for my teammates for the fact that I played well and everybody played well around. To get this done for coach Flood and my teammates is great.”

On regaining the lead before halftime:

“It was a big drive. We had a pretty good feel of what they were going to do in that two-minute situation. We knew we had some pretty good plays to execute. Offensive line did a great job today of keeping them off me. They’ve probably got one of the best defensive lines in the country with the amount of skill they’ve got up there.”

Senior strong safety Lorenzo Waters

On the celebration:

“I was just soaking the moment in and it felt great just to bring that kind of life into this program. I was really excited to get the fans what they’ve been looking for. Games like these we’ve struggled to finish, and just hats off to these guys just for staying in the moment and doing what we needed to do.”

On Nova answering naysayers:

“No matter what they say, I know Gary, and I’ve seen him in the offseason. He’s the first one in the building and the last one to leave, and he’s one of the few taking care of their bodies the way they truly need to be in order to be a great quarterback. I’ve seen his work ethic. I’m not surprised by what he’s doing, but I’m glad that he’s our quarterback and he’s leading our team.”

On the defense getting a critical stop at end of the game:

“It all comes down to the character and the heart of our team. When you have guys that just care about each other, you’ve got to do what you have to do no matter and you’re going to make those plays.”

Senior linebacker Kevin Snyder

On Kemoko Turay’s blocked field goal at the end of the game:

“It was almost surreal at that point, because you hear the thud, thud and you think, ‘Wow, we are going to seal this thing away right now. And it was amazing.”

On the emotions compared to the feelings after the Penn State loss:

“What can I say? I don’t even know what I can say about that, especially with the field storming and all that stuff. There’s never anything higher than the feeling of a locker room after a win like this, and there’s never anything lower than a crushing defeat like that. It’s just polar opposites.”

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PHOTOS: Michigan-Rutgers first half

Photo Credit: Shawn Smith

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Rutgers-Washington State: Breakdown, Players to Watch, Prediction

SEATTLE — In a matter of hours, 243 days of buildup for the Rutgers football team will finally culminate. The Scarlet Knights are set to compete for the first time since the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl — this time as an inaugural Big Ten conference member.

The Daily Targum has you covered with everything you need to know before tonight’s kickoff at CenturyLink Field with our Game 1 preview.

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Rutgers’ Depth Chart for Game 1 — Washington State

Game: Rutgers at Washington State

Date: Thursday, Aug. 28, 10:00 p.m. ET

Venue: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Television: Fox Sports 1

 

Offense

WR 4 Leonte Carroo (Jr.), 13 Carlton Agudosi (So.)

LT 74 Keith Lumpkin (Jr.), 71 Marcus Applefield (Fr.) OR 79 Zack Heeman (Fr.)

LG 72 Kaleb Johnson (Sr.), 60 Dorian Miller (R-Fr.) OR 65 Tariq Cole (Fr.)

C 55 Betim Bujari (Sr.), 69 Derrick Nelson (So.)

RG 70 Chris Muller (So.), 73 Ryan Brodie (So.)

RT 78 Taj Alexander (Sr.), 77 J.J. Denman (So.)

TE 86 Tyler Kroft (Jr.), 81 Matt Flanagan (R-Fr.)

WR 1 Janarion Grant (So.) OR 84 John Tsimis (So.) OR 19 Andrew Turzilli (Sr.)

QB 10 Gary Nova (Sr.), 5 Chris Laviano (R-Fr.)

FB 46 Michael Burton (Sr.), 44 Sam Bergen (Sr.)

RB 34 Paul James (Jr.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)

 

Defense

DE 90 David Milewski (Sr.), 22 Quanzell Lambert (So.) OR 58 Kemoko Turay (R-Fr.)

NT 95 Kenneth Kirksey (Sr.), 98 Daryl Stephenson (Jr.)

DT 91 Darius Hamilton (Jr.), 51 Sebastian Joseph (R-Fr.)

DE 93 Djwany Mera (Jr.), 53 Julian Pinnix-Odrick (So.)

WLB 3 Steve Longa (So.), 36 T.J. Taylor (R-Fr.)

MLB 45 Kevin Snyder (Sr.), 25 L.J. Liston (So.)

SLB 50 Quentin Gause (Jr.), 49 Brandon Russell (Fr.)

CB 2 Gareef Glashen (Sr.), 24 Andre Boggs (Fr.)

FS 27 Delon Stephenson (So.), 26 Johnathan Aiken (Sr.)

SS 21 Lorenzo Waters (Sr.), 29 Davon Jacobs (So.)

CB 32 Justin Goodwin (So.), 31 Anthony Cioffi (So.) OR 12 Nadir Barnwell (So.)

 

Specialists

P 96 Joseph Roth (Sr.), 99 Tim Gleeson (Jr.)

PK 1 Kyle Federico (Jr.), 93 Nick Borgese (Jr.) OR 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.)

KO 1 Kyle Federico (Jr.), 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.)

PR 1 Janarion Grant (So.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)

KR 1 Janarion Grant (So.), 32 Justin Goodwin (So.)

7 Robert Martin (Fr.) OR 8 Josh Hicks (Fr.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)

H 16 Mike Bimonte (Jr.), 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.) OR 93 Nick Borgese (Jr.)

SN 85 Alan Lucy (Fr.), 45 Kevin Snyder (Sr.)

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New coach, returning core exude confidence in carrying on Crooks’ winning tradition

By Garrett Stepien / Staff Writer

When Glenn Crooks announced his retirement from head coach of the Rutgers women’s soccer team on July 22 in a press release on scarletknights.com, the news sent a wave of shock throughout the program.

No one knew — not even his right-hand man for 10 years in former associate head coach Mike O’Neill.

“It was really a surprise. I knew nothing,” O’Neill said. “So when Glenn told me he was going to retire, obviously there was mixed emotions. But I knew nothing.”

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Donigan, Knights hope new additions up top get program on track

By Sean Stewart / Correspondent

When Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan guided the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 — its first appearance since 2006 — a return to national prominence seemed imminent.

But sustaining that success has proved difficult, with untimely injuries to vital players and late game collapses derailing the Scarlet Knights’ postseason hopes the past two seasons.

Now entering his fifth year, Donigan leads his squad into a loaded Big Ten conference seeking not only a return to the NCAA Tournament, but also a new identity with leading goal scorer Kene Eze and assist leader Mael Corboz departing the team.

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