BTN.com staff, October 4, 2014
How did Rutgers fans celebrate their first Big Ten win? They stormed the field.
Seconds after the Scarlet Knights held on to beat Michigan, the nation's all-time winningest program, the fans poured onto the field to celebrate with the team. It was a nice scene – even if the fans wish they could have done it in the Big Ten opener last month vs. Penn State.
The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) lost their Big Ten opener in painful fashion, as the Nittany Lions rallied for a 13-10 win in a game Rutgers led most of the way.
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Rutgers is off next week before visiting surging Ohio State on Oct. 18.
Here's the AP recap:
(AP) Gary Nova threw for a career-best 404 yards and three touchdowns and Rutgers added to slumping Michigan's woes with a 26-24 victory on Saturday night.
Nova found Andrew Turzilli on scoring passes of 80 and 14 yards and hit John Tsimis with a 7-yarder as the Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) won their first Big Ten Conference game and sent Michigan (2-4, 0-2) to its third straight loss.
The 2-4 start is the worst for Michigan since it opened 2-7 in 2008 under Rich Rodriguez. The setback also capped a troublesome week for coach Brady Hoke, who was under the microscope for failing to remove sophomore quarterback Shane Morris last weekend after a hit to the head.
Michigan had a chance to win but a wind-aided 56-yard field goal by Matt Wile was blocked by Kemoke Turay with 3:01 to go.