Rutgers and Savage Still Growing Into a Beast of The East

Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IDecember 5, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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A couple of thoughts on today's Rutgers-West Virgina game (WVU 24 RU-21):

1. QB Tom Savage showed glimpses of why Rutgers fans have reason to be optimistic.

At times he played the part of a true freshman (throwing into coverages, missing reads, and telegraphing passes). At others, he displayed his tremendous downfield arm strength and ability to make big, game-changing plays.

2. The defense played exceptionally well in the second half. They shut down a very explosive West Virginia offense and made big stop after big stop, especially on numerous third-and-short situations.

3. Most impressive to me were the halftime adjustments made by head coach Greg Schiano and the RU coaching staff and the resulting second half play of the defense.

Finally, except for the "egg" they laid at Syracuse and the opening game blow-out by Cincinnati, the team's other losses (Pittsburgh and West Virginia) were to very solid football teams.

Hopefully, RU will get a bowl bid as a reward for their 2009 season.

I'm convinced that Rutgers will continue to evolve into a strong football program.