Rutgers Dominate In Season Opener
With low expectations, the Scarlet Knights opened up their 142nd season against the North Carolina Central Eagles at home.
Early in the first quarter, the defense looked very good, getting 2 sacks from Scott Vallone and Justin Francis.
After a tipped interception thrown by Dodd, on his 3rd drive he was finally able to put 7 points on the board. Savon Huggins (who ran as the 3rd running back) scored his 1st career touchdown, a 1 yarder. (7-0)
Junior DeAntwan Williams got the start over freshman Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison. All three running backs were in action in the 1st quarter and on. Jeremy Deering came in in the 2nd quarter as the 4th RB.
in the 2nd Quarter, the Scarlet Knight's first drive started on the Eagles' 40 yard line. Savon Huggins ended that drive with a 7 yard run for a touchdown. (14-0)
With the score 14-0, freshman quarterback Gary Nova came in for a drive with 7:30 remaining in the 2nd quarter and he went three and out.
The next Rutgers drive Dodd came back in and threw 2 very nice balls, one to Mark Harrison for 34 yards, and the other to Muhamed Sanu for 13 yards that resulted in another touchdown. (21-0)
Into the 3rd quarter, after a Rutgers 3 and out on their 2nd drive of the half, the defense showed up as David Milewski sacked and forced a fumble inside the end-zone on Eagles' quarterback Michael Johnson. The ball was picked up by Scott Vallone for a touchdown. (28-0)
Seconds after that, Michael Johnson threw a lob down the middle, and the ball found Rutgers safety Duron Harmon, and he took the ball to the endzone for another defensive touchdown. (35-0)
Gary Nova came in for the next Rutgers drive in the 3rd quarter with a 35 point lead, and speedster Brandon Coleman caught a 44 yard pass down the left side for a touchdown. (42-0)
On the kickoff return man Arthur Goforth for the Eagles lost the ball after getting hit by defensive back Marcus Cooper, he was also able to recover the ball. That led to a San San Te field goal, his first of the game. (45-0)
On the next drive, Gary Nova took the Scarlet Knights to the 5 yard line, but wasn't able to get a touchdown. However, San San Te did knick in the field goal. (48-0)
That was the game, 48-0. A brilliant game put together by the coaching staff.
The defense had 9 (17 sacks in all last year) sacks and was able to stop the Eagles' running game to 8 yards. Rutgers were also able to force 4 turnovers, 2 going for touchdowns.
Although the Scarlet Knights were supposed to dominate against the Eagles, getting team chemistry was a huge tonight, and you can definitely see it.
The "pro style" football worked very well carrying the ball 41 times and gaining 137 yards. Although it doesn't seem like a lot per carry (3.3), they're were a few nice gains.
Rutgers will have 9 days of rest before they take on North Carolina, in North Carolina. That will be a much larger tester then NCCU. Rutgers now have a 1-0 record, and are tied with Louisville who also won tonight for the Big East lead (Not every team has played 1 game as of now).