On the positive side, running back Ray Rice broke the school record for rushing yards for a career. Rice rushed for 175 yards on 37 carries to bring him to 3,273 career yards, surpassing the old mark of Terrell Willis's 3114 yards.
"I didn't know," Rice said. "I just knew that sometime down the line during the game that it would be announced. That feeling I am not going to lie, it put chills over me."
RU quarterback Mike Teel's favorite target for the second straight week in a row was wide out Tiquan Underwood. Underwood had six catches for 104 of Teel's 264 passing yards.
"Tiquan is doing a great job running his routes, getting open, and we are doing a good job protecting and getting the ball down the field," Teel said.
Rutgers scored twice early to get out to an early 14-0 lead over Navy at 4:58 in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman Shamar Graves caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for the first score. Then, less then five minutes later, Rice scored on a four-yard rush.
Navy answered back before the end of the first quarter with a 11 play, 57-yard drive that resulted in a four-yard touchdown grab by Midshipmen wide receiver Reggie Campbell from NU quarterback Noa-Kaipo Kaheaku-Enhada to bring Navy within 14-7.
"That's Navy," Teel said. "That's what they are all about. They try to hang tough and fight to the very end of the game."
The game was sealed on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Teel to Kenny Britt. Britt beat the coverage and caught up with the hanging ball in the air to put the Scarlet Knights up 34-17 with 9:05 left in the 4th quarter.
Rutgers offense did not look to air it out as much as they did earlier in the season. The pass to Britt was one of the only shots down the field taken today.
The defensive stop of the game stonewalled a scoring drive that ended up being 16 plays and 64 yards, taking six minutes and 33 seconds off the clock. It was on a third and eight deep in Rutgers' territory, when defensive lineman Chenry Lewis put pressure on and forced a high pass from Kaheaku-Enhada that was incomplete to OJ Washington. The incompletion forced a field goal to cut the lead to 27-17, but kept the lead at two possessions.
"We kept fighting," defensive tackle Eric Foster said. "They would make a big play and we would stand strong."
Teel threw his first interception in 125 pass attempts in the game. It was the first time he was picked off since the Cincinnati game last year. The ball was thrown a bit high for Underwood, who had a chance to come down with it, but the ball slipped through his hands and into the chest of cornerback Ketric Buffin of Navy.
"We just need to get some things cleaned up with the spacing of our receivers," Teel said. I need to throw a better pass and we will get it fixed."
On the whole, the offensive line did a great job for the second straight week protecting Teel, who was only pressured one time.
"We take pride in giving Mike time to throw it down the field," offensive linemen Jeremy Zuttah said.
The Knights defense produced three interceptions total with one each from defensive back Ron Girault, safety Courtney Greene, and defensive end George Johnson; the former two's picks were in the end zone that turned away a potential 14 points by Navy.
"Two interceptions in the end zone are big plays," Coach Schiano said. "But there are always big plays like that that decide games."
Linebacker Kevin Malast and Foster led Rutgers with 13 tackles apiece. Linebacker Damaso Munzo provided 12 tackles his own. Defensive end Gary Watts had the only sack of the evening for the Knights.
"We prepared for Navy like I have never seen before," Foster said. "They came out with something we didn't expect. Coach Schiano did a great job of recognizing and we started to play as a defense towards the end."
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