Rutgers football was far from perfect on homecoming, but it takes a lot less than perfection to take down Kansas.
Interim coach Norries Wilson picked up his first win since the Ivy League days, and he did it behind a balanced and safe offensive assault. Rutgers won in the trenches with 5.8 yards per carry and a total of 312 yards behind its three-headed running back group.
Quarterback Chris Laviano effectively managed the game with a barrage of short-distance throws, and the Rutgers defensive line stepped up after its poor Penn State showing. Laviano committed two more turnovers, but he led a solid offensive attack with 18 completions on 25 attempts and 201 passing yards.
Rutgers (2-2, 0-1) picked up its first win since the Kyle Flood suspension to finally send fans home with a good feeling. More importantly, Rutgers bounced back to a .500 record heading into its bye week.
"As a football coach, you tend to dwell on the negative things that happened," Wilson said. "Some positive things happened, so we have to go out, take the good with the bad. It's great to go into a bye week as a program having won a football game. Now we've got an opportunity to fine-tune some things, change some things, throw some things out, maybe get a jump start on the next opponent."