The Big Ten announced on Tuesday that the kickoff for Friday’s game between Nebraska and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway will be postponed from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
The news was first reported by NJ Advance Media’s Keith Sargeant on the Rutgers Sports Insider texting service.
Sargeant reports that Rutgers’s game will be delayed for two reasons. First, the Purdue-Indiana game scheduled to be in prime time on Friday night was canceled due to COVID-19 issues in both schools.
Second, Nebraska may need to fly to New Jersey early Friday instead of Thursday due to the impending snowstorm that could affect travel on the East Coast.
Sargeant points out that the change in playing time will bring about a big change in the weather. By Accuweather it will be 35 degrees on Thursday in the afternoon and in the low 20’s in the evening, with the setting sun at 4:37 PM
The Scarlet Knights have won two of their last three games and are going for their fourth Big Ten victory this year. According to Rutgers PR, that would rank a new team high for wins in a single Big Ten season since he took part in the conference.
Rutgers is one of three teams, along with Iowa and Penn State, to line up for a ninth Big Ten game in as many weeks. The Scarlet Knights have never had such a series of consecutive conference games. The date of December 18 marks the last home game on the calendar in program history.
Rutgers will face divisional opponent Nebraska for the fourth time for the fourth time since joining the Big Ten in 2014 and for the fifth overall.
Rutgers and Nebraska would meet in Piscataway in the original 2020 schedule.
– In its last meeting in 2017 at Memorial Stadium, Rutgers put together an 11-play, 75-yard opening run that ended with a two-meter touchdown by Gus Edwards, but Nebraska answered and won 27-17. The game included three lead changes. Both Blessuan Austin and Kiy Hester recorded interceptions, with Hester getting his pick back for a 33 yards touchdown.
– Nebraska won the previous game in Piscataway 31-14. Trailing 21-0, Robert Martin scored a hasty one-yard touchdown and Chris Laviano pulled in a five-yard pass from Janarion Grant to make it 21-14 in the third quarter. The Cornhuskers responded with a touchdown and a field goal. The RU registered three interceptions that day, the most in a Big Ten game.
– The first Big Ten meeting took place in Lincoln in 2014. Leonte Carroo had a total of 127 receiving yards, including a 71-yard touchdown from Gary Nova. Both Robert Martin and Desmon Peoples added hasty scores against the 16th seeded Cornhuskers.
– The first meeting between the programs took place in 1920 in a game played at the Polo Grounds in New York City, as the Cornhuskers were victorious, 28-0.
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