Rutgers crushes Navy 48-27

Rutgers defeats Navy to go 3-1 for the first time in a decade. Justise Hairston rushes for four touchdowns and 162 yards.

It was one of the most important wins of the Schiano era. Rutgers advanced to 3 -1 with a decisive 48-27 win over a solid Navy team.

At first it looked as if Rutgers and the Middies were going to trade touchdowns all night long. The Knights barely managed to bring a 21-14 lead into halftime, that by virtue of a Justise Hairston touchdown run late in the second quarter. The game changed for good on the Middies first possession of the second half. While Navy easily drove deep into Rutgers territory, the Knight's defense stiffened forcing the Middies to try for a field goal. For the second time in the game RU blocked the attempt. This time, however, Brandon Haw picked up the blocked kick and took it 83 yards for a touchdown.

That was all she wrote. Navy never seriously challenged again.

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Chris Loomis was back in action. Here he brings down
a pass for a TD. (AP Photo/ Christopher Barth)

 

Things to feel good about:

  • Rutgers is 3-1 for the first time since 1993.
  • Justise Hairston rushed for 162 yards and 4 touchdowns. This was the first "4 rushing touchdown game" for a Rutgers player since Terrell Willis accomplished the feat in 1993. Hairston is only a freshman
  • Rutgers won this game without the services of Brian Leonard, arguably their best player, who saw only limited action in the contest.
  • Will Gilkison continues to impress. He had 9 tackles and a fumble recovery.
  • The Knights continue to move the ball effectively through the air. The receivers were often getting wide open and Hart has the talent to hit them. Ryan went 14 of 21 for 140 yards, hitting seven different receivers. The performance of the "air corps" is especially impressive considering the fact that true freshman Marcus Daniels (perhaps the best wideout on the team) has hardly even played yet. Tonight Daniels picked up his first reception. You'll hear more of him as the season goes on.
  • Rutgers established a ground game. That was something that they could not do two weeks ago against a weak Army team. More impressive is the fact that they could run the ball inside or outside. A notable problem during the Schiano era has been the fact that plays to the outside develop too slowly to slowly to be effective, that wasn't a problem tonight.
  • Special teams have been a problem this year but three blocked kicks (two field goals and a pat) leave hope that this unit is improving.
  • Chris Loomis returned to the lineup give RU much needed depth at tight end. He had three catches including a 15 yard touchdown.

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Justise Hairston had 162 yards rushing and
four touchdowns. (AP Photo Christopher Barth)

 

Things to be concerned about:

  • Next week we play Virginia Tech. I saw them play this afternoon. They are awesome.
  • Execution continues to be a problem. Defending the option is "assignment football". In this game the pitchman on the option was often left totally undefended, resulting in huge gains. Even worse, Navy receivers were getting wide open on blown coverages; at least two touchdown passes were dropped and twice the Knights fumbled the ball.

With better execution Rutgers could have won this game by 50 points. When you consider the fact that this is a decent Navy football team ... well, it gives one something to think about.

 

Recap

 
    1   2   3   4       Final  
Navy   7   7   7   6   -   27  
Rutgers   7   14   7   20   -   48  
Team Statistics
    Navy   Rutgers  
First Downs   22   25  
Rushes-Yards   55-373   53-249  
Pass Comp-Att-Yards-Int   5-15-117-0   15-22-155-1  
Return Yards   7   0  
Punts-Avg   2-46.0   2-27.0  
Fumbles-Lost   4-3   2-1  
Penalties-Yards   5-37   5-28  
Time of Possession   28:04   31:56  
Rushing Statistics
Navy   Att   Yds   TD   Avg  
Eric Roberts   9   125   1   13.889  
Kyle Eckel   18   104   1   5.778  
Craig Candeto   18   64   0   3.556  
Aaron Polanco   7   42   0   6.000  
Tony Lane   1   24   0   24.000  
Trey Hines   1   20   1   20.000  
Team Team   1   -6   0   -6.000  
 
Rutgers   Att   Yds   TD   Avg  
Justin Hairston   31   161   4   5.194  
Clarence Pittman   14   75   1   5.357  
Markis Facyson   2   14   0   7.000  
Brian Leonard   1   10   0   10.000  
Team Team   2   -3   0   -1.500  
Ryan Hart   3   -8   0   -2.667  
 
Passing Statistics
Navy   Comp   Att   Yds   TD   Int  
Craig Candeto   2   8   47   0   0  
Aaron Polanco   2   6   15   0   0  
Andy Michalowicz   1   1   55   1   0  
 
Rutgers   Comp   Att   Yds   TD   Int  
Ryan Hart   14   21   140   0   1  
Clarence Pittman   1   1   15   1   0  
 
Receiving Statistics
Navy   Rec   Yds   TD   Avg  
Eric Roberts   2   70   1   35.000  
Amir Jenkins   1   32   0   32.000  
Marco Nelson   1   10   0   10.000  
Lionel Wesley   1   5   0   5.000  
 
Rutgers   Rec   Yds   TD   Avg  
Tres Moses   7   56   0   8.000  
Chris Loomis   3   38   1   12.667  
Shawn Tucker   1   22   0   22.000  
Ray Pilch   1   14   0   14.000  
Brian Leonard   1   14   0   14.000  
Marcus Daniels   1   10   0   10.000  
Markis Facyson   1   1   0   1.000  
 
Kicking Statistics
Navy   XPM   XPA   FGM   FGA   Long  
Geoff Blumenfeld   3   3   0   2   0  
Eric Rolfs   0   1   0   0   0  
 
Rutgers   XPM   XPA   FGM   FGA   Long  
Justin Musiek   6   7   0   1   0  
 

 

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