In Dodd's first season-opening start, Rutgers send the crowd home happy after 11 months of waiting for a true home win.
"We haven't won a game around here for a while, so I think to win a football game and have a lot of room for improvement, those are two good things for us," said head coach Greg Schiano.
No Sacks Allowed
For the first time in 23 games, the Rutgers offensive line did not give up a sack. Schiano said he saw missed opportunities in the offense, but was pleased with the lack of sacks surrendered after giving up 61 last season.
"I noticed it and it's important," Schiano said. "We certainly had an issue with it last year. I think it's good. The quarterbacks had a good feel of getting rid of the football. We protected, but we turned a couple guys loose and the quarterbacks did a good job of getting rid of the football."
Rutgers played eight true freshmen last night, with running back Savon Huggins garnering the most attention. Schiano said he liked what he saw with the five defensive freshmen in the game.
"Kenneth Kirksey, I thought, played a good amount of football for us last night and was able to hold his own," Schiano said. "Kevin Snyder got in there later and he kind of played with some poise. It was good to get Tejay Johnson and Johnathan Aiken in the game. Those guys, as the year goes on, they're going to get more and more opportunities."
Offensively, getting Gary Nova some experience was critical.
"Having only one quarterback in the program that's ever taken a Division I snap, it certainly helps that Gary got some game experience," Schiano said.
Desmond Wynn Update
Fifth-year senior left guard Desmond Wynn went down with a left leg injury early in the first quarter. According to Schiano, Wynn's status is still unclear.
"[I] Don't know yet," Schiano said. "I don't know if he's going to need any more tests today or if the doctor's just going to be able to figure it out. They're working on him now."
Red-shirt freshman Betim Bujari took his place on the first team last night and could make his first career start next weekend against the Tar Heels.
Schiano defenses are known for scoring, swarming the football and wreaking havoc on special teams. They went two-for-three last night.
Red-shirt freshmen Jamal Merrell and Jawaun Wynn each missed opportunities for a blocked punt last night. Schiano said after the game that the punt-block execution needs to improve and said today that he saw the same thing when he watched the tape.
"That was disappointing," Schiano said.
Schiano said any depth-chart changes will not come until the entire staff grades the tape and meets as a staff Monday or Tuesday.