Rutgers had hot tubs in its stadium, but couldn't hang with No. 8 Washington

Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis (8) runs a punt-return for a touchdown as as Andre Baccellia (5) blocks Rutgers punter Ryan Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In its opener against No. 8 Washington Friday night, Rutgers did two things it failed to do for all of the 2016 season.

For one, the Scarlet Knights scored first, opening the game with an 11-play scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Kyle Bolin to Janarion Grant.

The other thing? Rutgers had multiple hot tubs above its student section. It looked very fun!

There was even a lifeguard on duty. Can’t get sued!

The game was much more competitive than anticipated. In fact, Rutgers held a lead for much of the first half and held the advantage in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Washington finally took its first lead when receiver Dante Pettis returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown with 3:50 left in the first half. That allowed the Huskies to take a 10-7 lead into the break.

The second half was a different story. UW quarterback Jake Browning finally was able to get the offense going, though the Huskies did stall in the red zone a few times. Browning ended up finishing the game with 284 yards and two touchdowns passing, including this beauty to running back Myles Gaskin early in the fourth.

That connection between Browning and Gaskin made it 27-7 early in the fourth. Rutgers was able to get back in the end zone when Bolin found Dacoven Bailey for a 34-yard score, cutting the lead to 27-14, but that was as close as RU would get with UW going on to win 30-14.

It certainly wasn’t a great performance from Washington, but the Huskies were able to get enough going offensively in the second half to pull out a road win. On the other side, this was a pretty encouraging performance for Rutgers after so many blowouts in 2016. It looks like the Scarlet Knights will be able to at least be competitive in the Big Ten this year.

Oh, and the hot tubs, which were part of a “War Before The Shore” promotion, will be gone next week.

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