Don’t let the statistics fool you because Hayden Rettig's debut at quarterback stole the show for Rutgers in its long-awaited return to High Point Solutions Stadium. Rettig led Rutgers out of the tunnel and carried himself like a leader during the more contested portions of the game.
In a 63-13 victory, Rettig went for 9-for-11 for 110 yards, one passing and one rushing touchdown and he did it without star receiver Leonte Carroo.
Rettig even saved a touchdown when he ran 60 yards across the field after a fumble recovery.
Chris Laviano returned from suspension, and Flood made a statement by instantly inserting him with the first team offense. Carroo, also back from suspension, carried Laviano to a strong statistical showing.
'It wasn't a matter of pulling Rettig," Flood said. "I thought Hayden played well in the first half and we had an opportunity to get a live evaluation in a game environment on both quarterbacks, and I wanted to do that. We're still gathering information. I'm really pleased with the way both those guys are playing. They are certainly not making it easy on me. Both played at a high level and we'll go back and we'll watch the film and decide here what direction we're going to go as we move forward."
Laviano completed all four passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns behind record-setting day from the star receiver and team captain.
Laviano sat out the first half after a curfew violation during training camp.
Flood said a decision about the future could come Monday or Tuesday with Washington State up next.
"We look at the film, sit down as a coaching staff, try to decide what it is we think we are going to need to do to win the game next week, and then by Monday or Tuesday we'll have a decision on that," Flood said.
Rutgers denied requests to speak with both quarterbacks after the game.