After winning its first Big Ten game since 2017, it’s safe to Rutgers has already shown marked improvement in 2020.

While both sides of the ball had their moments on Saturday, the defense itself shined with a big day that included an incredible number of takeaways.

By the time the Scarlet Knights wrapped up Saturday’s convincing 38-27 win against Michigan State, they racked up seven turnovers. Seven! Here’s what makes it even more incredible.

That’s incredible. For those who watched the game, it’s safe to say that while Rutgers’ defense did show improvements in its first game under new coach Greg Schiano, Michigan State brought some of its turnovers on itself. Five of those turnovers came via fumble.

Another aspect not included in that state is Sparty turning the ball over on downs twice. Essentially, Michigan State turned the ball over to Rutgers nine times in Saturday’s game.

Obviously, much of the reaction out of this game was the poor play from the Spartans under new coach Mel Tucker. But Schiano’s group showed some serious improvement.

Rutgers fans shouldn’t start planning a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game. But maybe for the first time in the Scarlet Knight’s time in the conference, there is room for some excitement and anticipation.