Rutgers Football Stuns Ohio State in First Half, Falls Short in Second


Rutgers football team gave a tough fight to the No. 1/3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights led the game at halftime with a 9-7 score, but could not sustain the momentum in the second half and lost 35-16.


Rutgers Defense Shines in First Half

The Scarlet Knights’ defense was impressive in the first half, holding the Buckeyes to just seven points and forcing two turnovers. Linebacker Mohamed Toure had a sack and an interception, while linebacker Deion Jennings tied his career high with 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Rutgers also stopped a fake punt attempt by Ohio State in the second quarter, setting up a field goal by kicker Jai Patel.

Rutgers Offense Struggles in Second Half

The Scarlet Knights’ offense could not match the defense’s performance in the first half, as they managed only three field goals by Patel and a late touchdown pass by quarterback Gavin Wimsatt. Running back Kyle Monangai had a solid game with 159 yards on 24 carries, but the passing game was inconsistent and prone to mistakes. Wimsatt threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Ohio State cornerback Denzel Burke in the third quarter. Wide receiver Jaquae Jackson caught the only touchdown for Rutgers, a 19-yard reception from Wimsatt in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State Offense Comes Alive in Second Half

The Buckeyes’ offense, led by quarterback Kyle McCord and running back TreVeyon Henderson, found their rhythm in the second half and scored 28 unanswered points. McCord threw three touchdown passes, two of them to wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., while Henderson rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The Buckeyes also dominated the time of possession, keeping the ball for 19:34 in the second half compared to Rutgers’ 10:26.

What’s Next for Rutgers and Ohio State

Rutgers (6-3, 3-3) will face another tough challenge next week, as they travel to Iowa to take on the No. 5/6 ranked Hawkeyes on November 11. The Scarlet Knights will try to bounce back from their second consecutive loss and improve their bowl eligibility. Ohio State (9-0, 6-0) will return home to face Purdue on November 11, as they look to extend their winning streak and secure their spot in the College Football Playoff.

By Kane Wilson

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