And everybody did. All 74 of them.
"You have to hand it to Rutgers," Paterno said. "They never quit. They were battling right to the end. And cleanly. They didn't take any cheap shots. You have to admire them; they have class."
If Rutgers has seen what the future is like in the big time and discovered it looks grim, the players didn't show it. The talk in the Scarlet Knights' locker room was still forward-looking, specifically about where everyone was going to celebrate the Labor Day weekend. Even Burns, who was sparing with his words during the 18-game win streak, joined in the lightheartedness. "Was it a good learning experience?" he was asked. "No, I don't like to be taught that way." But Athletic Director Fred Gruninger summed it up best. "Well, we made some mistakes early," he said. Like last April when he scheduled the game.