Rutgers football: Greg Schiano overtime gaffe let Jim Harbaugh, Michigan off the hook

Rubbed Rutgers’ face in the grime. The guy had the boldness to call for a two-point Discussion in a game Michigan won 78-0. It was absolutely ridiculous, the type of thing you pay back in spades when the time comes.


That time came Saturday as of the time Harbaugh walk unsteadily to the banks with his program coming apart at the seams — and Rutgers let him off the fastener with one of the most puzzling decisions you will ever see.



With the ball on Michigan’s 25 in overtime and its offense firing on all cylinders, Rutgers ran two conservative plays and then took a two-yard loss on a quarterback kneel-down — an attempt to center the ball for Valentino Ambrosio’s game-winning field goal attempt.

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The 45-yarder hooked just left, and Michigan prevailed 48-42 two overtimes later.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano, left, shakes hands with Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh before their game at SHI Stadium.

“The two plays, we weren’t going to be overly aggressive but they were plays that we felt could gain yardage, and they did,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “There was I guess third-and-6. We just said let’s center it.


That’s where Val wanted it, in the middle. You know what? Sometimes you make them, sometimes you don’t. I definitely thought that was in his range. It just wasn’t tonight.”

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