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Rutgers finds new level of success with win

Rutgers has entered a new level of success all while throwing the door to the BCS title hunt wide open, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: November 10, 2006, 4:04 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Painted on the red brick wall in the north end zone of Rutgers Stadium are the words: "The Birthplace of College Football." The Scarlet Knights were a part of the first college football game played more than 137 years ago, a 6-4 win over Princeton in 1869, and they really hadn't played a game as important as that one since.

Between then and now, history had essentially ceased when it came to Rutgers football. The Scarlet Knights have played in two bowl games and were ...

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