What the hell is going on:
Painted on the red brick wall in the north end zone of Rutgers Stadium are the words: “The Birthplace of College Football.” The Scarlet Knights were a part of the first college football game played more than 137 years ago, a 6-4 win over Princeton in 1869, and they really hadn’t played a game as important as that one since.
Between then and now, history had essentially ceased when it came to Rutgers football. The Scarlet Knights have played in two bowl games and were largely considered one of the worst teams in the country. For longer than anyone in the New York metropolitan area can remember, Rutgers set the standard for football futility, going 0-11 in 1997, 1-10 in 1999 and 1-11 as recently as 2002.
“I can remember being a laughingstock at 1-11,” senior fullback Brian Leonard said. “I can remember getting booed off the field and getting my car smashed with a beer bottle. I remember when that was happening.”
Those days now seem long ago.
Especially after the No. 15 Scarlet Knights stunned No. 3 Louisville 28-25 on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 44,111, the largest to ever watch Rutgers play at home. And during the wild celebration on the artificial turf that continued well after junior Jeremy “The Judge” Ito drilled a 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left to cap an improbable 18-point comeback — on his second try nonetheless — they might as well have painted a few more words in the opposite end zone.
I guess the WVU/Rutgers game will be one to watch.