Eastern Michigan got their first-ever win against Big Ten competition against Rutgers Saturday.

Saturday’s Eastern Michigan Eagles – Rutgers Scarlet Knights clash saw a couple of firsts. It saw the Eagles come away with their first-ever win against a Big Ten opponent, and it saw Rutgers lose a game in remarkably stupid fashion, getting knocked out of range for a game-tying field goal thanks to a personal foul. Eastern Michigan won 16-13, but that only happened because Rutgers shot themselves in the foot:

Before that, Rutgers had third and three on the Eastern Michigan 27, but Kyle Bolin’s pass was intercepted by Brody Hoying, and returned 71 yards to the Scarlet Knights’ five. Amazingly enough, though, Rutgers held firm from there and made their own impressive play, blocking the Eagles’ eventual field goal:

But that wasn’t enough. Bolin managed to march his team down the field again, and had them facing third and eight at the EMU 25 with eight seconds left, well inside of field goal range. However, his pass for Bo Melton there fell incomplete, and Dorian Miller was penalized 15 yards for illegal use of hands, knocking the Scarlet Knights back to the Eagles’ 40 and out of field goal range. Bolin was then sacked on the final play, giving EMU the win.. And that sparked plenty of jokes, especially considering that Rutgers paid Eastern Michigan almost a million to come play them:

So, yeah, that’s not great, Rutgers. Oh well, at least they have a hot tub.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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