Big Ten to push kickoff for Nebraska-Rutgers game on Friday


The Big Ten will announce Tuesday that the kickoff for Friday’s game between Nebraska and the Rutgers at Pascataway’s SHI Stadium will be pushed back from 4pm to 7:30 pm.

The news was first reported by Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media on the Rutgers Sports Insider lesson service.

The sergeant said the Rutgers game would be pushed back for two reasons. First, the Purdue-Indiana game scheduled for prime-time on Friday night was canceled due to COVID-19 issues at both schools.

Second, Nebraska may have to fly to New Jersey early Friday rather than Thursday because of nearby icy storms, which could affect travel on the East Coast.

Sergeant explains that the change in playing time brings with it a big change in the weather. Per Acuweather, Thursday at 35 degrees in the afternoon and low 20 in the evening, with the sun set at 4:37 p.m.

The Scarlet Knights have won two of their last three matches and will be their fourth Big Ten win this year. According to Rutgers PR, that would set up a new team to win in a single Big Ten season since joining the conference.

– The routers are one of three teams that, along with Iowa and Penn State, were set for the ninth Big Ten competition in as many weeks. The Scarlet Knights have never had such a streak of consecutive conference games. The date of December 18 will mark the latest home game on the calendar in the history of the program.

– Rutgers will compete over-divisional rival Nebraska for the fourth time and fifth time since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

– Rutgers and Nebraska were slated to meet at the 2020 original event in Piscataway.

– At the last meeting in 2017 at Memorial Stadium, the Rutgers put together an 11-play, 75-yard opening drive that ended with a touchdown run of two yards by Goose Edwards, but Nebraska responded and had 27 Won by -17. Three lead changes were made in the game. Blessuan Austin and Kiy Hester both recorded interceptions, with Hester returning his pick for a 33-yard touchdown.

– Nebraska won the first game 31-14 at Piscataway. After trailing 21–0, Robert Martin scored a touchdown from one yard out and Chris Laviano won a five-yard pass from Geranian Grant to take it 21–14 in the third quarter. The Cornshockers responded with a touchdown and a field goal. RU recorded three interceptions on the day, the most in a Big Ten game.

– The first major Ten meeting was held in 2014 in Lincoln. Leonette Caro totaled 127 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown from Gary Nova. Both Robert Martin and Desmon Peoples added a fast score against the 16th-ranked Cornhawkers.

– The first meeting between the programs was held in a game played at the Polo Grounds in New York City in 1920, as the Cornhawkers were ahead 28–0.

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