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Rutgers Football at a Turning Point

Rutgers Football at a Turning Point

Rutgers true freshman QB Johnny Langan #17 stiff arms an OSU defender as he makes a pass late in the fourth quarter. Photo by Brian Hester

Yes, unfortunately your Scarlet Knights fell to the number two ranked Ohio State Buckeyes yesterday at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University. Final score 56 to 21. Rutgers has faced its share of adversity this season, dropping four of the first five games before firing Coach Chris Ash. Several players decided to Red-shirt at that point. Meaning they would forego playing the rest of this season in exchange for an additional year of eligibility. The teams record now at 2-8 with games against Michigan State next week at home and the following week at Happy Valley against Penn State, professional odds makers are not predicting any Happy Endings. I, on the other hand, am predicting at least one more victory for the Knights this season. Why? On what grounds? Am I out of my mind? Allow me to explain. First off we have true freshman QB #17 Johnny Langan.

True freshman QB Johnny Langan picking up some of his 36 rushing yards against Ohio State. Langan threw for 121 yards and picked up 36 yards on 9 runs including a hard fought rushing TD late in the fourth quarter. Photo by Brian Hester
QB Johnny Langan ended up on the wrong side of this of this pile more than once yesterday yet keep running, including punching Rutgers third TD of the day. Photo by Brian Hester

And….. he’s back up and ready to rumble again….. Rutgers true Freshman QB # Johnny Langan, a bright spot for the Scarlet Knights future. Photo by Brian Hester

Another reason for Rutgers fans to be optimistic about picking up at least one more victory this season. Sophomore RB #1 Isaih Pacheco. Explosive. Exciting. Hard working.

Rutgers RB #1 Isaih Pacheco celebrates a TD against number two ranked Ohio State . Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers interim head coach Nunzio Campanile. Give this guy a ton a credit. He has stepped up and held the reins while the fans scream for the return of former head coach Greg Schiano. The inside skinny from the field level? Schiano return is a done deal with the possibility that he may start coaching as soon as next game against Michigan State at home in SHI Stadium, noontime kickoff.

Other reasons to believe Rutgers will win one of its last two games? Simple. We have the best Marching Band. And Spirit Squad.

PLUS…… We have Santa at our Games!!!!

Believe !!! Rutgers – R times is coming……

By the way I have posted a gallery for the students. Normally I post these on a facebook page but for the second time this season facebook has blocked me from posting. Not sure why? Perhaps because I am posting over a 150 photos at once it may think I’m a bot or worse a business user. IDK? IDC? Please feel free to download and share these game photos. Use proper photo credit when using photos from this gallery. Click here low res downloadable / shareable photos for the Rutgers Community


Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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