Rutgers lost to Wisconsin 24-13 on Saturday in Madison.
It was a game that was turned on its head late in the first half. Wisconsin led 10-0 and Rutgers had punted on its first five drives of the game. Four were three and outs. However, the last drive of the half, Wimsatt made some throws and a big run to get to inside the five yard line of Wisconsin. With just seconds remaining but with two timeouts, offensive coordinator called a pass play. Wimsatt made a bad decision but Ricardo Hallman jumped the pass and ran it back 95 yards for a back breaking pick six.
Instead of at worst likely going into halftime trailing 10-3, Rutgers went into the locker room down 17-0. It was one of several puzzling offensive play calls in the first half. Ciarrocca called it very conservatively and Wisconsin wasn’t surprised at all. With RU getting the ball back at the start of the second half, they took a risk finally, but it was at the wrong time.
In my rapid reaction, I focused on the killer pick six, the lack of an offensive identity, the tremendous play of the defense in what was a disappointing and frustrating loss for Rutgers. In addition, there is still plenty of opportunity ahead with Michigan State and Indiana coming up in the next two weeks.
Listen and watch my rapid reaction the 24-13 loss for Rutgers below.
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