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Last week’s beating at the hands of Ohio State might have seemed a low point for Rutgers, which mustered just 116 yards of total offense in the 58-0 loss while ceding 669 to the Buckeyes and allowing J.T. Barrett to break the school record for touchdown passes.

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But no, Rutgers assured everyone yesterday, things can be worse than that. Much, much worse! In a 78-0 blowout loss to Michigan, the Scarlet Knights did not so much play football as they presented a case study in shades of ineptitude and embarrassment. To wit: two first downs on 39 total yards. To be clear, those are their game stats. That involved averaging less than half a yard per pass, and they were 0 for 17 on third-down conversions, which forced them to punt 16 times.

No. 4 Michigan, meanwhile, was able to put together their largest margin of victory since 1940 on 600 total yards and set a school record for rushing touchdowns in a game (nine). The latter was an equal-opportunity outing of sorts, with four players running in two scores apiece.

The loss drops Rutgers to 0-3 in the Big Ten this year, in line with last year’s 1-7 conference record. Meanwhile, it gives undefeated Michigan an early transitive-property argument for being better than Ohio State.