Kevin Harper tacked on a 39-yard field goal early in the third quarter to make it 24-0. Rutgers finally got on board on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Nova to Brandon Coleman late in the third quarter but the 2-point conversion failed and Rutgers never threatened to make it interesting.
The blowout left the Scarlet Knights plenty of time to ponder how things went wrong while getting a headstart on what will be a de facto Big East championship game at home on Thursday night.
‘‘All the marbles are out there for us, and it’s a short week,’’ defensive tackle Scott Vallone said. ‘‘So, this is for everything. This is why you play football. Sure, we’re disappointed, but we still have everything to play for Thursday night. And that has to be our focus.’’
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