PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers beat Eastern Michigan 28-10 Saturday, and there are plenty of talking points. QB Gary Nova was hurt, the backup center played, SLB Jamal Merell did not play and safety Jeremy Deering was injured. And, the offense had to rely heavy on the running game, and coach Kyle Flood spoke about it all.
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was injured in the first quarter and didn't return, and backup Chas Dodd came in and led a run-based offense that only threw 13 times.
The Scarlet Knights also had Dallas Hendrickson made his first start and center and Paul James ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
However, the Scarlet Knights played without captain and strongside linebacker Jamal Merrell, and safety Jeremy Deering was hurt on the opening kickoff.
It was an eventful day as Rutgers beat Eastern Michigan 28-10 on the day Eric LeGrand's No. 52 was retired, and coach Kyle Flood spoke about it afterward.