College Football Season
Rutgers Rolls Over Navy
by Mike Mitchell
September 7, 2007
Though they didn't want run away with the win, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights were never in serious jeopardy as they rolled to a methodical 41-24 victory over Navy on Friday night.
Rutgers opened up a 24-7 halftime lead and, after Navy had cut the deficit to 10 points in the third quarter, increased the lead to 41-17 in the fourth. The Midshipmen made the final score look a little more respectable by scoring their final touchdown with under a minute left in the game.
It was the 9th straight home win for the Scarlet Knights, and fourth straight sell-out, which says a lot about how far they've come under Greg Schiano. Before his arrival in 2001, Rutgers needed six seasons to win nine home games from 1995-2000. Of course, it also took the school 138 years to win its first bowl game, a 37-10 romp over Kansas State in last year's Texas Bowl. The Scarlet Knights were aiming at a BCS bowl bid last season before dropping their last two conference road games to Cincinnati and West Virginia, the latter in triple overtime.
Last night, Heisman Trophy candidate running back Ray Rice ran for 175 yards and 3 TD's, the defense intercepted Navy three times, and Mike Teel threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood caught 6 passes for 104 yards. Underwood led the nation in receiving yards after his week one performance of 10 catches for 248-yards and 2 touchdowns.