QB Tom Savage has done a great job of running the Rutgers offense this season (Photo by John Munson, The Star-Ledger).
Scarlet Knights Aim to Forget Syracuse Upset with Early Morning Kickoff
Louisville, Ky. (Friday, November 27, 2009) – After an upset loss to Syracuse this past Saturday knocked Rutgers from the AP Top 25, the Scarlet Knights (7-3) look to erase that game from their memory today when they face Louisville (4-7) at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Rutgers was rolling when they traveled north to the Carrier Dome last weekend, and the team is determined to make sure the untimely defeat does not knock them off their track to a fifth consecutive bowl game.
“My mentality is that it’s unfortunate that it happened, but we have to move on,” quarterback Tom Savage said this week to the Trentonian. “Me dropping back, worrying about what happened in the last play is only going to affect that next play. We’re taught here to chop each moment and keep moving forward, and you have to focus on that single play.”
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who is never one to sugar coat a loss, knows that a few factors came into play last weekend.
"I'd be naive if I didn't believe (overconfidence) had a factor," he said this past Monday to the media. "It's a shame, because that's a lesson we should know by now. It was a perfect storm last week in a bad way for us, and I don't think that will be an issue this week."
Before the slipup to Syracuse, the Scarlet Knights had won 14 of 16 games with their only two losses this year coming at the hands of two Top 10 programs in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
“We’re handling it well,” Savage commented. “We just have to keep moving forward and working hard as a team. We have to show confidence that we can do this, that we can bounce back from a loss.”
After hearing those words from Savage, it is easy to see that he has the confidence and determination of a proven leader despite only being a true freshman in his first year of college football. He is second in the nation in winning percentage of all freshman starting signal callers, trailing only Matt Barkley of Southern California (7-2). On the year, Savage is 6-2 as a starter with 10 touchdown passes and 1,601 passing yards.
Eric Collins and Brock Huard will be on the call today, with the game airing live on SNY and ESPN360.com.