The only hangover for Rutgers coming out of this weekend comes in the form of a victory celebration. The Scarlet Knights hit the field at Navy mentally prepared after successfully putting the disappointing Penn State loss in the past.
Rutgers controlled the pace after Paul James fumbled his first touch of the game, but the victory becomes tougher to swallow after watching James go down with a leg injury.
“I am proud,” said senior captain Michael Burton. “Because we did not have a hangover or anything like that and actually had a great week of practice. I knew the type of team that we have. It didn’t surprise me the type of team that we have.”
Goodwin, Peoples and James combined for 282 yards. The run game included two sneak scores for quarterback Gary Nova, who was steady in the win.
Rutgers (3-1, 0-1) was solid defensively against the Midshipmen despite missing linebacker Kevin Snyder and losing safety Delon Stephenson due to injury. Navy ran for just 171 yards and four yards per carry. Keenan Reynolds took to the air where he completed 12 of 22 passes for 231 yards.
Flood addressed the victory from outside the locker room.