Rutgers beat Howard 38-25 but will not be celebrating a poor defensive effort on the day. The Scarlet Knights and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi have more than a few questions to answer heading into the Nittany Lions. Rutgers surrendered 437 total yards to a MEAC opponent coming off a shutout, 294-yard loss to Akron in week one.
The Bison even took a lead early on a touchdown run, but it was all Rutgers by the time 48,040 fans settled into their seats.
“It definitely does [bother me],” said cornerback Nadir Barnwell. “They’re a great team. They have good athletes. Their quarterback is a great player. They made plays, but it disappoints us because we could have played a lot better. We could have executed way more, and we should have. That’s what we have to work on this week because we’re going to play better teams than that.”
Running back Paul James was more than enough ammunition for Rutgers. He 143 yards on 15 total touches with three scores, including the feature role in 38 unanswered points for the Scarlet Knights.
“I’m just trying to be 1-0 again,” James said on the upcoming Penn State game. “We have a big week coming up. It’s our first Big Ten game. I feel like there’s going to be a lot of high intensity going into this weekend.”
Flood addressed the victory from the Hale Center in his post-game press conference.