Unfortunately, the Scarlet Knights didn’t have a good week this week, losing to unranked Maryland and, most probably, falling pretty far in the polls when they come out tomorrow:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -Rutgers doesn’t handle being in the top 10 very well. For the second straight year, the Scarlet Knights were upset after climbing that high in the rankings.
Backup quarterback Chris Turner led Maryland to 20 second-half points, Keon Lattimore rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and the Terps ruined No. 10 Rutgers’ second stay in the top 10 with a 34-24 victory Saturday.
Last year, Cincinnati surprised the Scarlet Knights (3-1) a week after they reached No. 7 following an upset of then-No. 3 Louisville.
”I think as a team, we are all mad because we know we didn’t come out and play our best football,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. ”As coach says, every time you step on for practice or a game you want to be your best and when you are not, it’s disappointing.”
For Maryland (3-2), it was redemption. The win ended Rutgers’ 10-game home winning streak and snapped a two-game Terps losing streak that included a disheartening 31-24 overtime loss to Wake Forest last week, a game in which they blew a 24-3 third-quarter lead.
”It’s just beyond words, it feels great,” said Turner, who completed 14-of-20 passes for 149 yards in relief of Jordan Steffy (concussion). ”It’s great for the whole team, it’s great for the school. We needed this real bad.”
Next week, the Knights face Cincinnati again.