It's hard to say what sturggled more between the Maryland and Rutgers offenses, but the Scarlet Knight defense completely took over the game with five turnovers and two touchdowns en route to a 34-13 win over the Terps.
"I loved the way we won today," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano
Joe Lefeged, a hometown kid from Germantown, Md. , had a big day with a sack and two forced turnovers.
The first turnover came when he hit Maryland quarterback Chris Turner and forced a tipped ball that fell into the hands of Billy Anderson.
"We have to stop turning the ball over and we still have the penalties," said Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen. "Over the years it has become a trademark of ours that we do things like that and it seems that we can't stop doing them this year."
The second proved to be the difference-maker in the game.
His sack in the endzone of Turner led to a fumble recovered by George Johnson to take the lead 17-13.
Rutgers never relinquished the lead and relied heavily on the shoulders of Joe Martinek to close out the game.
After Martinek struggled with just 17 yards through three quarters, he exploded in the fourth for another 130 and two touchdowns including a 61-yarder that sealed the deal for the Knights.
"Whoever's in the game, we're all confident that that person will get the job done," said Martinek who finished the day with 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Fifth-year senior Dom Natale got the start at quarterback as true freshman Tom Savage was not healthy enough to go after sustaining a head injury against FIU.
Schiano made the decision to keep Savage on the bench in favor of Natale Saturday morning, he said.
"During the week, I was more encouraged earlier in the week thinking that he was going to get better and it just was a little slower," Schiano said. "I wouldn't let my own son play with it so I wasn't going to let Tom Savage play with it."
Natale, although he completed just four passes for 42 yards, one stat stood out to the team as exactly what he needed to do - zero turnovers.
"It was a big thing for the whole offense just to not make turnovers," said Natale who got his first career win as a starter. "It's always a huge thing, but on the road it's especially big."
-The win over Maryland marks the first time under Greg Schiano that the Rutgers defense scored two touchdowns in the same game.
-Joe Martinek's consecutive 100-yard games mark the first time that an RU running back has had back-to-back 100-yard games since Ray Rice in 2007.
-Maryland linebacker and West Caldwell, N.J. native Alex Wujcak had a game-high 17 tackles for the Terps.
-After not forcing a turnover against an FBS opponent until game eight of last season, the Scarlet Knights forced five today against UMD.
Rutgers Defeats Maryland 34-13
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