In Saturday’s bowl clinching victory over Indiana, Gavin Wimsatt made program history. In running for 143 yards on the ground, he set the single game record for most rushing yards by a Rutgers quarterback ever. He ran for more than half of the 276 yards Rutgers ran for as a team, the most for the program in any Big Ten game since joining the league in 2014. Wimsatt also tied Robert Martin for most rushing touchdowns in a Big Ten game with three.
Wimsatt delivered the game defining dagger and essentially punched Rutgers’ ticket to a bowl game with a stunning 80 yard touchdown run with just over 13 minutes left in the game. It was the longest run for the Scarlet Knights since Isiah Pacheco ran the same distance for a touchdown against Michigan in 2018.
WOW. 🤯@GavinWimsatt for his THIRD (😳) TD of the game.
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 21, 2023
“Gavin obviously. I just didn’t know how long he could go. That was quite a run,” remarked head coach Greg Schiano. “I was so far behind the play I didn’t realize how close he was to the goal line. They said he was in on the head set. I said oh my goodness. That was a heck of a play. And really a great read by him. Everything was done just right by him for that play to work. And it’s not an easy one to read, I can tell you. He did all very well. We needed it.”
Through eight games, Wimsatt has now rushed for 362 yards on 73 carries and 7 touchdowns. That’s the most rushing touchdowns by a Rutgers quarterback this century. He’s averaging 5.0 yards per carry this season.
It wasn’t a good day throwing the ball for Wimsatt. He completed just 5 of 12 passes for 39 yards. Consistency and accuracy issues persist. However, receivers had three drops in the game. In addition, he completed a critical fourth down completion to Christian Dremel on fourth down on the touchdown drive to open the second half.
An inability to stretch the field through the air will make it very difficult against top opponents. After the much needed bye week, Rutgers will host undefeated No. 3 Ohio State. Wimsatt has completed some big plays through the air this season but struggles with accuracy have held his growth back. However, Wimsatt’s ability to make plays with his legs are an asset, especially in matchup games like Saturday’s win over Indiana. Getting Wimsatt out on the edge in space on designed run plays should hopefully be a point of emphasis with the offense in this upcoming break. The more opponents need to prepare for and contain in Wimsatt’s game, it will benefit the Rutgers offense as a whole.
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