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Bump N’ Run with KT: Rutgers Nearly Pulls off the Upset, and What is Greg Hardy doing in the NFL?

With the Jets on a bye week after making the pointless trip to London, the Giants had the spotlight all to themselves on Sunday night. College Football Saturday had some amazing outcomes and surprisingly close calls including one local team making a case for the upset of the year. We start this week’s Bump N’ Run with…


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Rutgers Plays Inspired Football Against Michigan State…Where Has That Been?

I admit, I have been one of the biggest critics on Rutgers being in the Big Ten conference in the last year. On Saturday night, Rutgers almost pulled off the unthinkable, and shut me up in the process, almost upsetting the fourth-ranked Michigan State Spartans at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The 31-24 loss should be encouraging for a team that has been in turmoil since the beginning of the season with several players dismissed from the team, and its head coach suspended for three games.

The game saw the return of Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo, who had an assault charge dismissed by a judge, and he made an immediate impact catching seven passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Yes, Rutgers showed that they have heart and with head coach Kyle Flood returning from his suspension next week, they now should have the confidence that they could play with anybody in the country. While having confidence is good, their schedule for the next month may take away that confidence pretty quickly. They play at Indiana, Ohio State at home and road games at Camp Randall in Wisconsin and the Big House in Michigan. A bowl game may be a stretch for the Scarlet Knights, but Saturday’s game showed that on any given weekend, anything could happen.

Columbia University Snaps Almost Three Year Losing Streak

A major celebration took place on the campus of Columbia University as they defeated Wagner 26-3 for the Lions’ first win since Nov. 10, 2012, a span of 24 games. Columbia is best known for not winning a single game from 1983 to 1988 (43 games) and then not winning another game for five more years after breaking the other streak. To say Columbia Football was bad is an understatement. In Saturday’s win, here were some milestones for the Lions on Saturday:

  • The 26-3 halftime lead was Columbia’s first halftime lead since October 2012
  • The final score of 26-3 was the Lions’ largest win since  a 42-14 win over Princeton in October 2010

Congratulations to the Columbia Lion football team. Hopefully it’s not another five years before their next victory.

Moving The Chains

  • LSU running back Leonard Fournette is a man amongst boys in a down SEC this season. He had “only” 158 yards against South Carolina on Saturday…yes “only” 158 yards. I say that because he ran for over 200 yards in the three games before Saturday. He is the fastest LSU running back to 1,000 yards in a season in school history, and he got there on only his 116th carry of the season. If this keeps up, he will surpass 2,000 yards for the season and we could be looking at a runaway Heisman Trophy campaign for the sophomore.
  • Michigan is nationally ranked after getting their man in Jim Harbaugh from the San Francisco 49ers during the off-season. After their shootout win over also ranked Northwestern, many have Michigan at least in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. They are 4-1 and their one loss came against the undefeated Utah Utes in their season opening game. They have Michigan State and Ohio State still on the schedule and they will win one of those games with my vote going towards the Wolverines beating the Buckeyes. Just an amazing job by Harbaugh at his alma mater so far this season as he is making the entire 49ers organization look ridiculous for letting him go.
  • Could there be a match-up of more hated teams than the Dallas Cowboys versus the New England Patriots? Just saying…
  • And speaking of the Cowboys, Greg Hardy was discussed often during the off-season when it came to the NFL’s policy on domestic violence. He even won an appeal and was able to get his 10-game suspension reduced to just four games. On Sunday he played his first game of the season but not before a rap video featuring Hardy that included guns and strippers surfaced online. Add in Hardy’s remarks about Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen earlier in the week and the NFL has a serious issue that they only sometimes deal with.

While the NFLPA released a statement hoping to take the focus off Hardy, Hardy is showing why he should not be allowed to play in the league anymore. Ray Rice is legitimately trying to make himself a better man after his situation while Hardy is laughing it off. The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones in their futile attempt to win a championship gave this guy another chance and he doesn’t deserve it. Greg Hardy seems to feel entitled and to believe that he can run around without consequences. It’s time to make an example of him, and kick him out of the NFL. Enough is enough.

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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