Rutgers upset bid of Michigan State ends in unfortunate fashion

  • Rutgers football has endured a rough season on and off the field so far in 2015, but the Scarlet Knights nearly scored one of the biggest upsets of the season with No. 4 Michigan State in town Saturday night.Then they spiked the ball on fourth down in the final seconds while trying to force overtime.It was a tough way to end a hard-fought game for Rutgers, which led the Spartans 14-10 at the half and later rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game at 24 with 421 left in the fourth quarter.Article continues below ...Michigan State answered, though, as Connor Cook led a 10-play, 76-yard drive for a go-ahead touchdown scored by freshman tailback LJ Scott on a 3-yard run with 043 to play.Along the way, Cook hooked up with R.J. Shelton for an amazing third-down conversion R.J. Shelton helped set up MSU_Footballs game-wining TD with this pretty catch. BTNStandout http JRINpyl7rd— BIG 10.10 October 11, 2015 That set up a desperation drive that ended with Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano taking a sack on third down then hurrying the offense to the line only to run a play that would turn the ball over on downs anyway.In his postgame press conference, Rutgers interim coach Norries Wilson took the blame for the late-game gaffe.At the end of the game, the clock management is 100 percent on the guy in charge and Im the guy in charge, Wilson said. So I mismanaged the situation. Chris Laviano did what he was told to do and I told him the wrong thing. So dont think that he screwed it up.