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Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State Win In Season Openers

by Alexa Alexandrou | Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

There really is no better feeling than college football being back. Rutgers was one of the first teams in the Big Ten to play, and they came out with a win over the Washington State Cougars with a final score of 41-38.

Rutgers had a bunch of new players on the field for this game. WR Janarion Grant celebrated his first career start with four receptions and a total of 48 yards. Many other players made their collegiate debuts such as Mike Bimonte, Andre Hunt, Andrew Turzilli and many more.

(Jim O'Connor – USA TODAY Sports)

(Jim O’Connor – USA TODAY Sports)

This was a very important game for Rutgers because it was their debut in the Big Ten. Rutgers defeated a school in the PAC-12 for the first time in school history. They rushed the ball 43 times, and had 215 yards on the ground.
So far, they are showing improvements from last season. Penn State also had their first victory of the season over the University of Central Florida Knights, with a final score of 28-26. Justin Holman found Josh Reese in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the quarter.

With under two minutes to play, Reese made an incredible catch to put UCF in the red zone. This game did not go as smoothly as Penn State would have liked, considering they were on the 20, down by one with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter. Christian Hackenberg finished with 457 yards passing with a touchdown, but his performance also included two interceptions. The Nittany Lions rushed for only 57 yards, averaging 2.0 yards per carry. The Nittany Lions are on a mission to get back to the top of the Big Ten.

Ohio State had quite the performance as well, with their win over the Navy Midshipmen with a final score of 34-17. Freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 226 yards, and threw two touchdowns. This was his college debut. He earned his starting position after senior Braxton Miller injured his right shoulder a few weeks ago. Barrett became the second freshman since 1950 to start a season opener at quarterback for Ohio State. Barrett ran nine times for 50 yards. He did not throw often so the game was mostly on the ground. The Buckeyes launched a 10-play drive that only included one pass.

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Alexa Alexandrou is just your average high school girl pursuing her dream of becoming a sports anchor. She is a senior at Immaculata High School and is apart of her schools radio network. She covers the sideline updates for football and basketball. She has a true passion and love for football and really knows what she is talking about. Her favorite thing about high school is the Friday night football games. Her dream is to attend a college in Florida and do the sideline reports for her school.
About the Author

Alexa Alexandrou is just your average high school girl pursuing her dream of becoming a sports anchor. She is a senior at Immaculata High School and is apart of her schools radio network. She covers the sideline updates for football and basketball. She has a true passion and love for football and really knows what she is talking about. Her favorite thing about high school is the Friday night football games. Her dream is to attend a college in Florida and do the sideline reports for her school.

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