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RUTGERS 38 (1-0, 1-0), MICHIGAN STATE 27 (0-1, 0-1)


OCTOBER 24, 2020

EAST LANSING, Mich.– Behind a dominant defensive effort and an opportunistic scoring attack, Rutgers football (1-0, 1-0) downed Michigan State (0-1, 0-1), 38-27, on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing to open the 2020 season. The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed in the road matchup and limited the Spartans to just one trip inside the red zone – scored 21 points off seven takeaways to deliver Greg Schiano his first win since returning as head coach.


  • Rutgers improved to 78-64-9 in season openers and 8-4 under Greg Schiano.
  • Rutgers is 1-0 in the Big Ten for the first time.
  • Rutgers won on the road in the Big Ten for the fourth time. The last road conference win was at Illinois in 2017. Today also marked Rutgers’ largest margin of victory in a Big Ten road game since the 35-24 win in Champaign.
  • Rutgers defeated Michigan State for the second time in Big Ten play and for the fourth time overall. It was the third victory for RU at Spartan Stadium (1988, 1991). The 38 points are the most for RU in seven games played in East Lansing.
  • The 38 points are the most for Rutgers in a Big Ten game since posting 55 at Indiana in 2015.
  • Rutgers forced seven turnovers (five fumble recoveries, two interceptions), most for the team in a Big Ten league game and most since totaling seven versus Pitt in 2000. It was the ninth time under Schiano the Scarlet Knights forced at least five turnovers.
  • Rutgers forced six fumbles, most for the program under Schiano.
  • Rutgers led 28-13 at halftime for its largest lead after two quarters since joining the Big Ten. The previous best was an 11-point margin over Illinois in 2017.
  • Greg Schiano earned his 69th win as the Rutgers head coach, moving to within four wins of tying John Bateman for third in program history.
  • Rutgers scored on all three of its trips to the red zone and held Michigan State to just one trip to the red zone.
  • The Oct. 24 start date is the latest beginning to a Rutgers season since 1943, an Oct. 30 win over Lehigh.


Rutgers returns to Piscataway for its home opener against Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.