September 30, 2007

Rutgers vs Maryland: The coach's perspective

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano saw his team suffer its first loss of the season against Maryland. The setback might not have hurt the team's chances for a Big East championship, but it was definitely felt throughout the state of New Jersey.

"Any loss hurts, especially when you're trying to work yourself into a position," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. "But this team is resilient and this staff is resilient and we will come to work tomorrow and find out how much better we can get in a week's time. That is the good thing about this sport - after every game you are right back at it. This team has a lot of resolve and we will come back tomorrow ready to get after it."

Maryland came into the game with a 2-2 record, already victims to tough losses at the hands of West Virginia and Wake Forest. On the flip side, Rutgers' closest game was a 17 point victory over Navy.

"I thought the Navy game was as physically tough a game as any we have played," Schiano stated. "It always is every year. The other two schools maybe are not the level of Maryland, but we go against each other every day, and I think our schedule is fine. We just didn't play up to our capabilities and Maryland played excellent. That is a bad combination."

Maryland played particularly well when it came to running the ball. The Scarlet Knights rarely had an answer for the ground attack that featured Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball.

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