As soon as Rutgers’ 2-point attempt tipped off Brandon Coleman’s finger tips and fell to the ground, Derek Carr fell to his knees in relief. His emotional month ended with a memorable win.
The Scarlet Knights lost five starters on the back seven from a year ago and the new group gets little time to ease into the job as Rutgers opens the season against Derek Carr and Fresno State on Thursday night.
Rutgers has one more chance to get to the BCS and win a conference title before the former becomes impossible and the latter much more difficult.
Pernetti is not forgotten at Rutgers, and on days like Saturday when a Saeed Blacknall verbals to the program, it is clear that his work continues to live on.
LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan. It will be the first number retired in the history of the program.
The game, which will be held on April 27, will allow 22 children — from sixth grade to eighth grade — affected by Superstorm Sandy to participate in the final five minutes of the contest.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood filled a major need in the secondary and added depth at running back, the defensive line and quarterback Wednesday.
Rutgers’ running back Jawan Jamison has forgone his final two years of eligibility and has declared for the NFL draft.
As they prepare for their 15th all-time meeting in Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers is no longer anybody’s whipping boy, while Virginia Tech is the team with something to prove following a disappointing season.
Though a 20-17 loss to Louisville in the finale dashed the Scarlet Knights’ hopes for the program’s first BCS berth, the consolation prize of the Russell Athletic Bowl presents coach Kyle Flood and his players with an opportunity to add another accomplishment.
Rutgers landed Skai Moore in large part because Pernetti was able to do the impossible and get Rutgers out from the sinking ship that was (and is) the Big East, and into a power player in college football.
Rutgers, which could have clinched its first-ever BCS Bowl berth last week if they had showed up in Pittsburgh, blew their chance for redemption despite having everything set up perfectly for a momentous “Knight.”
The feel around this game should be like 2006, when the Scarlet Knights upset the Cardinals, then the No. 3 team in the nation. Now, on Thursday night, Rutgers needs that same special moment created by the best atmosphere in program history.
Maryland set the stage; Act II played out Tuesday afternoon, when Rutgers announced its move to join the Terps in the Big Ten.
A move to the Big Ten?! Canonize Tim Pernetti right now. He is in every way, every bit the patron saint that Rutgers has needed.