When you're a home underdog against Illinois, you don't hold a "Blackout" game.
Rutgers is riding a four-game losing streak, was blown out by Kansas and Buffalo and hasn't scored more than 17 points vs. an FBS opponent this season. Fan support is non-existent, Chris Ash might be fighting for his job (though a huge buyout could prevent a change) and it'll take a monumental effort to avoid a fourth straight season with four or fewer losses.
The Scarlet Knights thought it was the perfect opportunity for a "Blackout" game. And it was just as pathetic as you'd think: