Huge fan here. I was a Rutgers student from 2005 to 2010 and still live nearby in Highland Park. I made it to almost every home game during my time as a student and now I make it to about two games a season. It would be nice if alumni got a discount, especially if you went to a ton of games as a student but oh well.
The 2006 Louisville game is my favorite sports memory, but this past season's Louisville game is probably my most gut-wrenching sports memory. That ineligible receiver penalty on the fake field goal touchdown was 100% wrong and completely changed the game, but if they didn't suck so bad in the second half they would have won regardless. I still have my ticket stub from the 2006 game in my wallet, I will never forget the chaos of student ticket distribution, waiting overnight in a jampacked mob scene at the box office. Of course I got there after Schiano showed up with pizza for us haha.
Looks like it could be some time before they do some damage in the Big 10 with Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan in their division, so hopefully they can pull off a Big East championship this year although their defense probably won't be as good and Louisville will probably be even better. Looking forward to taking road trips to Michigan and Ohio State though!
Same thing, referring to the gut wrenching memory. I was a freshman in high school in 2006 and I always had a soft spot for Rutgers going to games with Pop Warner as a kid - but after that it was all RU to me. I don't go to RU as their education/special education program would have kept me in school 2+ years than I needed but my best friend does and the Scarlet Fever store next to College Ave might as well be my second home.
I'll always have a special connection to the field itself, lucky enough to have played two games in high school on that field.
But man, yeah, Louisville last year was so depressing. Everything was setup so perfectly through 2+ quarters. Then the offense self destructs and the whole team crawled into a shell after that fake field goal was called back. Fvck, still drives me nuts thinking how close it was. 21-0 would have been game over with this defense, hell 14-0 would have been fine if not for Turnova putting their back against the wall.
Even more depressing was the performance in the RA Bowl. 10 points directly from the defense. And the offense managed to choke the game away. It's just depressing knowing how freaking good that defense was and that they will never really be remembered. Oh well, I just hope Flood has a tighter leash on the QB position this year, Nova not sitting in the 4th at the RA Bowl after that performance was down right inexcusable.