With less than a minute to play in Saturday night’s game against Ohio State, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights we hoping to do something they hadn’t accomplished since 2015; score points against the Buckeyes.
With the score 56-0, senior kicker Andrew Harte lined up for a 32-yard field goal to try to cut the deficit to just 53 points.
It went about as well as the rest of the night had for Rutgers.
The kick clanged off the right upright, and members of the Buckeyes’ field goal block team celebrated like they would have if the miss had come in a tie game.
OSU safety Jordan Fuller said that keeping it 56-0, as opposed to 56-3, was important to them.
“It gives us confidence. We’ve been gunning for that shutout and we’re happy we finally got it,” Fuller said. “It’s just all our hard work paying off, basically. Seeing that zero at the end of the game is really special.”
This is the second year in a row that Ohio State shut out the Scarlet Knights. It’s the first time the Buckeyes shut out a team in back-to-back years since beating Wisconsin 59-0 and 21-0 in 1979 and 1980.
It also continues a particularly grim stretch for Rutgers coach Chris Ash against the top four programs in the Big Ten’s East Division. Going back to the start of the 2016 season, Rutgers has now been outscored 280-0 by Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Michigan State.