Perhaps the worst college football game of the 2016 season happened on Saturday night, although you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the 1990s again.
The Rutgers of old showed up in Piscataway, losing 78-0 to No. 4 Michigan. It was a stunning display of dominance by the Wolverines and ineptitude by the Scarlet Knights, who, in the past two weeks, have looked a lot like the team that used to be arguably the worst FBS program. Last week, Rutgers lost 58-0 to Ohio State, and Michigan decided to out-do its rival by 20 points.
Such a ridiculously lopsided game deserves further examination. So, here are 10 facts to know from Michigan 78, Rutgers 0.
1. Rutgers failed to get a first down until the fourth quarter. The Scarlet Knights finished with two first downs. According to Sports-Reference, that makes them the sixth team -- and the first power conference team -- to finish a game with two or fewer first downs since 2000.
2. Over the past two games, Rutgers has completed 5 of 34 pass attempts for 38 yards with no touchdowns and, shockingly, no interceptions. That's good for a stunningly bad 1.1 yards per pass attempt against the Buckeyes and Wolverines. On Saturday, Chris Laviano and Zach Allen combined to go 2 of 18 for five yards.
3. Rutgers converted 0 of 17 third downs.
4. Michigan scored 78 points while attempting only 16 passes. The Wolverines ran 56 times for 481 yards and nine touchdowns, getting over 100 yards from both Chris Evans and Karan Higdon, plus 99 yards from Ty Isaac. Star defender Jabrill Peppers chipped in three carries for 74 yards and two TDs. Michigan had four more rushing touchdowns than Rutgers had passing yards.
Michigan: 78-point win is its largest in a game since 1939 against Chicago when the Wolverines won 85-0.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 9, 2016
6. Michigan out-gained Rutgers 600 to 39. Sports-Reference data says that Rutgers is only the fifth team since 2000 to be held under 40 total yards in a game.
7. According to Sports-Reference, Rutgers is only the fourth team since 1974 to lose back-to-back shutouts while allowing 50 or more points in each game. One of those other teams? Rutgers in 2001, which lost 61-0 to Miami and 50-0 to Virginia Tech in Greg Schiano's first season as coach. The Scarlet Knights later lost to West Virginia 80-7.
8. Rutgers punter Michael Cintron punted 16 times for 603 yards, which is more punts than 12 teams had all year entering Saturday. According to Sports-Reference, it's the most times any team has punted in a game since at least 2000. Five other teams have punted 14 times in a game since 2000.
9. Rutgers had six total yards in the first half and trailed 43-0 at the break.
10. Rutgers has played three games against teams currently ranked in the top 10: Washington, Ohio State and Michigan. It has lost 184-13.