Rutgers has not played like a team with a shot at a share of a Big East title.
The Scarlet Knights have three turnovers against UConn in the first half, and the Huskies have taken advantage, taking a 24-10 lead into halftime. Rutgers, one of the best teams in turnover margin in the Big East, gave the ball away on its first two possessions. First, Jawan Jamison fumbled, and Jesse Joseph recovered. Then on the next possession, Ty-Meer Brown intercepted Chas Dodd.
UConn converted both the mistakes into touchdowns, and just like that the Huskies were up 14-0. Then in the second quarter, center Caleb Ruch never got the snap to Dodd and the ball was fumbled. Kendall Reyes recovered and ran the ball in 9 yards for a score. Rutgers put together a touchdown drive, but nothing has really gone right for the Scarlet Knights.
The only other time Rutgers played its final regular-season game with Big East title implications was in 2006. The Scarlet Knights ended the 2006 regular season with a 41-39 triple overtime loss at No. 15 West Virginia as they finished the season 5-2 in the league and tied for second.
The news is good for UConn, which needs to win out to become bowl-eligible. The Huskies haven't had to sustain many offensive drives and have done an excellent job turning the mistakes into touchdowns.