The Scarlet Knights are still searching for their first conference win of the season.
Rutgers's kickoff unit struggled against Maryland last week, allowing the Terrapins to recover a kickoff that bounced off the grass at the Scarlet Knights' 19-yard line. A week of preparation didn't help Rutgers on Saturday, though, as return man Isaih Pacheco called a fair catch at the Scarlet Knights's one-yard line on a Northwestern kickoff but dropped the ball and then took a knee, nullifying this year’s new expanded touchback rule that would have given his team possession at the 25-yard line.
The blunder pinned Rutgers 99 yards from the Wildcats' end zone, which isn't great field position for an offense that averages 15.1 points per game, last in the Big 10. Rutgers wasn't able to work its way into Northwestern territory, punting after a three-and-out.
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The Scarlett Knights entered Saturday's contest 1–6, 0–4 Big 10, with their lone victory coming against Texas State on Sept. 1.
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