Alex Trautwig

Rutgers vs. Kent State: Scarlet Knights stunned by Golden Flashes

No. 15 Rutgers lost its first game of the season Saturday when it was upset by Kent State, 35-23.

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Loss drops Rutgers out of AP Poll's top 25

Saturday's disappointing 35-23 loss to the Kent St. Golden Flashes had an impact on more than the win-loss columns for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program. On Sunday, Rutgers (7-1) was voted out of the AP Poll's top 25 after being ranked No. 19 last week. The Scarlet Knight remained in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Rutgers dropping out means only the Louisville Cardinals (No. 12) are the only Big East Conference member remaining in the rankings. The Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats, 34-31, at home. Both Louisville and Rutgers still remain unbeaten in Big East play.

Overall, four of the top five teams remained the same. The only changes made was the Kansas St. Wildcats and Notre Dame Fighting Irish moving up to No. 3 and 4, respectively. Both teams benefited from victories and the Florida Gators (No. 8) losing and falling out of the top 5. The Alabama Crimson Tide remained No. 1 while the Oregon Ducks are still No. 2.

A complete rundown of the AP Poll can be found here.


Rutgers ranked No. 25 in Coaches' Poll

Despite losing 35-23 to the unranked Kent St. Golden Flashes Saturday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights remained in the top 25 of the USA Today Coaches' Poll as the voters slotted the Scarlet Knights 25th in the country on Sunday.

Rutgers dropped 10 spots from last week's No. 15 ranking.

Overall, Rutgers is one of two Big East Conference programs still ranked, as the Louisville Cardinals cracked the top 10 (No. 10) after earning a 34-31 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cardinals and Scarlet Knights remain unbeaten in league play.

Meanwhile, the top team in the country remains the Alabama Crimson Tide, which earned all of the 59 first-place votes. The Oregon Ducks stayed at No. 2, but both the Kansas St. Wildcats (No. 3) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 4) moved up after victories and a loss by the Florida Gators (No. 8).

A full recap of the Coaches Poll can be found here.


Flood admits QB was in no danger of being pulled

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights' dream of contending for a BCS National Championship died Saturday with a 35-23 loss to the visiting Kent St. Golden Flashes in a non-conference football contest at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The loss to an unranked opponent snapped the No. 18-ranked Scarlet Knights' seven-game winning streak and could knock them out of the college football rankings come Sunday afternoon.

Rutgers Achilles heel was its seven turnovers with six of them coming from the arm of sophomore quarterback Gary Nova. According to Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood, the turnovers were clearly the difference in the game:

"Very difficult to win a football game when you turn it over seven times. All the reasons really we've been standing here and talking about how we've won games, protecting the football, running the football, starting field position. Really all three of those phases hurt us in one way or another today."

Overall, Nova tossed for 313 yards and two touchdowns, however, it was clear that his six-turnover performance fueled the demise of an unbeaten season. When asked in his post-game press conference if he thought about making a change at quarterback, Flood didn't hesitate with a response:

"It wasn't difficult for me because I felt like we were still in the game, still had enough possessions to try to win the game. If we had gotten to the point where that wasn't the case, I might have gone a different route. We were still in a situation where if we could get a score, we could get a chance at an on-side kick and a chance to win the game.

"It wasn't a hard decision for me."

During the game, Flood said he did speak to Nova and he had a simple message:

"Take what the defense is giving you, don't feel like you got to get it all back in one play. Some of the interceptions, again, certainly Gary is going to look at the film and would have plays he'd like to have back, but the one-handed one by the defensive end, that's a spectacular play by that young man. One of them was tipped.

"It's not all of those interceptions him not reading things the way he'd want to. There's certainly plays he'd like to have back. We'll look at those on film and go forward and make the corrections."

Rutgers will enter a bye week and will return to the field Nov. 10 against the Army Black Knights. The Scarlet Knights resume Big East Conference play Nov. 17 at the Cincinnati Bearcats.


Rutgers falls to Kent State, 35-23

Rutgers lost its first game of the season today, falling to Kent State at home.


Rutgers down against Kent State at halftime, 21-10

Rutgers got off to a pretty rough start in Saturday's game against the Mid-American Conference-leading Kent State. The Scarlet Knights trail at halftime, 21-10.

Rutgers cracked the scoreboard first with a 42-yard field goal from Nick Borgese. But that'd be the last of the points that didn't belong to Kent State until Gary Nova's 19-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright just before the end of the half.

Zack Hitchens scored on a short pass from Spencer Keith in the first quarter. Kent State added to its lead with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter as well. Nova's pass was intercepted by Mark Fackler and returned 25 yards for another touchdown.

Dri Archer ran in Kent State's other score, this one from 7 yards out. A loss would be a tremendous upset for the Big East Rutgers, which has gone unscathed up to this point with a 7-0 overall record.

Kent State is 4-0 in the MAC and its only loss this season came against Kentucky.


Rutgers Vs Kent State: Know The Golden Flashes

The No. 18 Rutgers football team is not taking anything for granted this Saturday afternoon.

As the Scarlet Knights prep to go their Mid-American Conference foe Kent State (4-0, 6-1), Rutgers knows that they can't overlook the Golden Flashes, who have quickly established themselves as a potential threat to their currently undefeated record.

Over the course of the last few weeks, MAC schools have surprisingly toppled their Big East opponents, including a Toledo victory over Cincinnati last week.

"They have a coach who has a tremendous amount of experience at the Division I level, some very successful programs, and he's done a good job with this team," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said in his press conference earlier this week.

"Certainly our players know that teams from that conference don't go anywhere in the country and are intimidated. "
With five straight victories under their belt, including last week's 41-24 win over Western Michigan, the Golden

Flashes are certainly used to dominating on the football field, led by rushing duo Dri Archer and Trayion Durham.

The two have combined for 1336 yards on the ground and 15 touchdowns, making them more than a worthy opponent for a Rutgers rushing defense that's ranked amongst the best in the country.

The Scarlet Knights allow, on average, just over 69 yards on the ground per game and have given up only two rushing touchdowns all year, but the Kent State rushing tandem might just present the biggest challenge the Rutgers line has yet to face this season.

The two were particularly effective in last week's win over Western Michigan, combining for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

It's Archer in particular though who has given Rutgers the greatest pause as they focus on a game plan for this weekend's homecoming matchup.

"It's almost video game-like statistics," Flood said of the junior running back, who averages over 10 yards per carry. "So he is a tremendous, tremendous offensive weapon, and again, the most dynamic offensive player that I certainly have seen on film or on TV this year."

Although Rutgers has yet to allow a 100-yard rushing game in 11 trips to the gridiron, the Golden Flashes, who average 33.7 points per game, have also averaged 238 rushing yards per game since their lone loss to Kentucky in week two.

Going through this week's practice schedule, the Scarlet Knights know that their greatest chance at victory, and maintaining their undefeated record and national ranking, might come at the hand of forcing turnovers and taking advantage of every single one of the Golden Flashes' mistakes.

"I don't think it was a surprise to anybody if you come in and you say whoever wins the turnover battle is going to have an opportunity to win the game," Flood said. "I think we all know that; you watch enough football to know that."


Rutgers 13.5-point favorites over Kent State

Rutgers enters Saturday's showdown with Kent State as 13.5-point favorites.

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