Guts and Glory: Rutgers Prevails

ANNPOLIS, Md. – Rutgers showed what it can do with its backs against the wall but coming back to beat Navy 31-24 in the first home loss for the Midshipmen in two years. Rutgers returns home with a victory after out-rushing the triple option.

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.

James, who had 96 yards and a 38-yard touchdown run, went to the locker room on crutches as his teammates Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin handled things the rest of the way.

“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.

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