Rutgers defeats Villanova 38-6

Under a gorgeous early fall sky thirty-two thousand and change were on hand for Rutgers' home opener versus the Villanova Wildcats. After a quick special teams start that saw the Scarlet Knights jump on the board at the 14:49 mark, the RU offense continued where they left off last week en route to a 38-6 defeat of the Villanova Wildcats.

"I'm happy that we were able to rebound from a very emotional loss. Having said that, we still have many things to work on," stated Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano.

Some of the things include a porous defense that allowed 444 yards of total offense to 1-AA Villanova. An offense that, despite the second half injury and subsequent departure of their starting quarterback, moved the chains at will.

"Certainly, our offense is the strength of the football team."

"What I am proud of is that they [defense] fought and they never let up."

Indeed, despite allowing 28 first downs, the Rutgers defense did not break again after surrendering a first quarter touchdown. Although the Wildcats had little trouble moving up and down the field, when it mattered most, the Rutgers defense made plays. The Wildcats finished the day 0-6 on fourth down conversions and converted on one of three red-zone chances.

"Right now, we did what a good team does - beat a team you are supposed to and win convincingly," continued Schiano.

Though Sr. QB Ryan Hart continued to show fans he's a much improved player than last year, the Scarlet Knights running game took a step back against the 1-AA Wildcats totalling 96 yards on 33 carries.

Redshirt So. QB Mike Teel saw time for the first time in his carreer and the butterflies were evident early on. However, Teel showed but a glimpse of his brilliant High School carreer by helping to engineer a second quarter touchdown drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by Fr. RB Ray Rice.

Notes:
Coach Schiano lauded the Rutgers University student body for showing up in large numbers and thanked them for their support - "I am so proud of our student body. I hope they can really become a big part of our stadium atmosphere, just like the RAC. I know we have to help and do our part and we will.

Fr. RB Ray Rice scored his first collegiate touchdown on an 11-yard second quarter burst. Rice carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards.

Sr. QB Ryan Hart enjoyed his third consecutive game without an interception, going back to last season. Hart completed 16 passes in 23 attempts for 234 yards and 1 TD.

Sr. FB/TB Brian Leonard added 2 more rushing TDs, 2 more receptions, and another hurdle over an opposing defender trying to tackle him.

Quotable:
Yea, when I saw it my eyes got real big and the flashback to practice came to my mind -- Val Barnaby on practicing stripping the ball during summer practice when discussing his strip of Burrough that ended the Wildcats drive at the RU-23 yard line.


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