"I think David played phenomenal,'' Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "I mean, that guy is 6-foot-10. I've seen David in basketball practice at his high school, and he always talks about his vertical. I told him, ‘Your vertical is going to get tested (Friday).' I went out to warm-ups and that guy is huge. And David played great.''
Villanueva, who had16 receptions and four touchdowns in Army's first seven games, didn't have a catch against the Scarlet Knights. He was thrown to several times early, and each time Rowe was able to swat the ball away. "It was very tough,'' Rowe said. "It was a hard task to cover him all night. Him being a foot taller than me and his long reach and arms, it was just very hard. I was looking at him in warmups, but you just play your technique and whenever the ball is in the air, hop on the ball. "I always brag about being able to jump the highest on the team, and I think I got a chance to jump.''
Harrison's arrival? Rutgers is hankering for a third receiver to move into the fold and true freshman Mark Harrison made a huge pitch for it.
Harrison made the first two catches of his career, including a 32-yard on a third-and-14 on Rutgers' first drive, which resulted in a touchdown. "If he can build off of this …there's a reason he's in there with the first three receivers,'' Schiano said. "He's shown enough in practice that he deserves a chance, and if he can continue to play like this in games, he's going to keep getting more touches.''
Rutgers starting left tackle Anthony Davis did not start as punishment for being late to a team function. And the lesson gleamed? "Don't be late,'' Davis said. "I was a couple of minutes late for lunch.''
Davis played the last three quarters, and Schiano said afterward the matter is behind everyone involved.
Scarlet Knights linebacker Antonio Lowery did not play after suffering an injury last week against Pittsburgh, and Rutgers appears to have lost Desmond Stapleton, who replaced Davis in the starting lineup, for next week's game at Connecticut.
Stapleton injured his left ankle late in the first quarter and did not return.
"We're going to have to wait and see,'' Schiano said. Rutgers linebacker Ryan D'Imperio, who suffered a shoulder injury a week ago, went down in the second half against Army with what appeared to be another shoulder issue. However, he was able to return.
This and that
Rutgers senior receiver Tim Brown had four catches for 101 yards, and now is 10 th in school history with 1,756 receiving yards. He also had his seventh career 100-yard receiving game, tying him for second in school history. …Sophomore kicker San San Te made both field goal attempts and is now tied for eighth in Rutgers history with 23. …Stapleton and red-shirt freshman safety Khaseem Greene each made their first career starts. …Linebacker Steve Beauharnais' block, recover and score of an Army punt maked the fifth non-offensive touchdown for Rutgers this season.