Now 0-2, Rutgers hasn't gotten off to the start they wanted. Last week, the Scarlet Knights lost handedly to North Carolina 44-12, committing four turnovers.
"It was a very disappointing result in the North Carolina game," Head coach Greg Schiano said during Monday's Big East Teleconference. "We just didn't play well enough to give ourselves a chance to win against a team I thought played very well."
After two disappointing home losses, Rutgers looks to turn their season around against Navy (1-2). The Knights have won the last three meetings, including a 41-24 victory last season.
The Midshipmen are also coming into the game on a two-game losing streak after losing to Duke 41-31. Averaging 370.3 yards per game on the ground, they were held to just over 200 in the loss.
In the teleconference, Schiano discussed the Navy quarterbacks. Two guys — senior Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada and senior Jarod Bryant — have seen playing time so far. Kaheaku-Enhada may be a name fans are more familiar with, but Bryant has had more reps so far — he's the second leading rusher at 214 yards, and 13-for-22 passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
"When (Kaheaku-Enhada) is in there, you can see the benefit of all the experience he has in the offense," he said. "As you watch, (Bryant) is getting more and more comfortable in what he's doing.
"Whoever is in there, this is a system-based offense, and they both have a good feel for the system. It's a challenge that each year we know is going to be very, very tough for us on defense."
Rutgers will be on the road for the first time this year. When asked if playing away from New Jersey will help the team, Schiano said being at home didn't cause any distractions that led to the losses.
"I don't know if it has anything to do with distractions at home," he said. "I think we need to continue to improve. We're not missing by much, and if we close that gap, we can score more points."
As the team moves on, Schiano said the team just needs to go back to playing the way they should. While they were beaten soundly in two games, he doesn't think the line between them regaining form or not is that wide.
"We're back to the drawing board, trying to play at the level we're capable of," he said. "We haven't been able to do that the first few weeks. We're not as far off as it appears, but it doesn't matter unless you close the gap."
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