Rutgers defeated Virginia Tech 35-16 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the season. It was a game that saw Rutgers lead 21-3 at the half but another conservative third quarter allowed the Hokies back into the game. Despite the threat late, RU responded with two late touchdowns to put it away.
There is plenty to be positive about. Rutgers ran for 7.5 yards for carry and over 250 yards on the ground. They didn’t turn the ball over and limited penalties. Rutgers had to win these first three games to have a legitimate shot at a bowl game and did so by a combined 65 points.
There are some things to be concerned about. The offensive line is a work in progress as is quarterback Gavin Wimsatt. How effective the offense will be in Big Ten play is certainly something to be unsure of. The defense got worn down by the conservative play calling in the third quarter. In three third quarters this season, Rutgers has eight punts and one touchdown. That needs to change in Big Ten play.
Even so, this team has themselves in position exactly where they need to be at this point in the season. The coaching has been very good in getting this team prepared. Rutgers minimizes its mistakes and capitalizes on the mistakes of its opponents. They are playing complementary football.
In my rapid reaction below, I discuss the positives, the concerns and the context of what it means to be 3-0 so far this season.
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