Scarlet Knights Slay Spartans

After only scoring three points in the first quarter, Rutgers came out and scored 42 points in the second quarter and cruised to a 59-0 victory over Norfolk State. The Scarlet Knights improve to 3-0, while the Spartans drop to 1-1, in front of 43,172 people at Rutgers Stadium.

In Rutgers' last six straight drives of the first half, the Scarlet Knights scored six touchdowns on 12 plays for 313 yards in 1:40. The 42 points scored in the second quarter by the Knights, set a new school and Big East record for most points scored in a quarter. "It felt like anything we were going to do would work," Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel said. "Coach (Schiano) put a good game plan together. We got the same looks that we saw on the film and guys were able to make plays."

Rutgers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood continued his strong play with his third straight game of over 100 receiving yards. Underwood caught four passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, along with his third 60 plus yard catch of the season. Teel hit Underwood across the middle of the field and the junior receiver took the ball towards the RU sideline that brought the Scarlet Knights down to the Norfolk State 27-yard line.

"You always dream about being the man," Underwood said. "So far this season, the ball has been coming my way and I have just been doing my job, catching it for Mike (Teel)."

Wide out Kenny Britt also got in the action by breaking the century mark with 121 receiving yards on four catches, two of which were touchdown grabs. Britt also helped out Underwood by providing him with a big block on Underwood's 65-yard grab.

"Coach (Schiano) always tells us to finish plays, especially down the field," Underwood said. "That is what Kenny did and it sprung me for a couple more yards."

Teel threw for 269 yards on 8-15 passing. Teel also connected on three touchdown passes.

Rutgers running back Ray Rice rushed 12 times for 72 yards on the game. Despite the low rushing total, Rice punched in three touchdowns and now ranks second in Scarlet Knight history with 33 career rushing touchdowns.

RU's defense dominated throughout the game. Defensive tackle Eric Foster had his first career interception. Linebackers Damaso Munoz and Brandon Renkart, along with defensive lineman Jamal Westerman all had sacks in the game. The Scarlet Knight defense in total had seven tackles for a loss. Safety Courtney Greene led all players with 11 tackles.

"It goes along with the front four," Munoz said. "Playing behind Eric Foster, he's an All-American, it makes your job a little easier. I think our front seven is getting better and better every game."

Foster, who juggled the ball before picking it off, joked about the interception after the game.

"I had my fingers taped, I had my wrist taped and when that ball came at me I didn't know if I should catch it or move out the way," Foster said. "Luckily I stayed in there, looked it in and made a great catch."

Backup quarterback Jabu Lovelace started the second half as quarterback and delivered right away with a touchdown. Lovelace completed one pass to wide receiver Tim Brown for 27 yards and his other pass attempt resulted in a pass interference call against Norfolk State. Lovelace also rushed for 33 yards on five carries on the drive, including a 16-yard touchdown run. The touchdown by Lovelace would be the seventh straight possession that resulted in a score for Rutgers.

On the game, Lovelace was 2-3 for 28 yards in the air and he ran the ball eight times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

"I thought he was a lot more calm then he was against Buffalo," Coach Schiano said. "He looked a lot more under control when he ran the offense."

Linebacker Ryan D'Imperio made his first appearance of the season late in the fourth quarter. D'Imperio has been out of action since spring ball when he broke his leg. Backup running back Kordell Young may have tweaked his knee in the game. Coach Schiano said after the game that they would have to wait and see as to the severity.

Despite the big win, with the bye week coming up, the Knights know they still have some work ahead of them before hosting Maryland in two weeks.

"You're never where you want to be," Teel said. "There is always room to get better. We have to come and not be sluggish like we were in the first two games. You have to be ready as soon as you hit the field and I am sure that is something we will work on."

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