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Christobal: Defense was phenomenal. Penalties cost us the game.

Watching Mario Christobal’s post-game press conference, you could sense Christobal's feeling of disbelief, frustration, and disappointment of the 19-14 loss to Rutgers. 

Christobal watched his defense limit Rutgers to 172 total yards, but 14 penalties & 5 turnovers was too much to overcome in the loss to the Scarlet Knights. 

“We put ourselves in bad situations. It's a shame, because our defensive effort tonight was phenomenal. We played hard. We played the scheme the right way. We won physically. Offensively, we won a lot of battles as well, but we kept hamstringing ourselves with penalties. Tonight, it cost us the ball game.” 

“If you look at the overall performance by the defense and what they did against ‘The Wildcat’, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who played it better than we did.”

FIU allowed 2 blocked punts and was penalized 14 times for 124 yards in the loss. The Golden Panthers will travel to College Station to play Texas A&M this Saturday.