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Sophomore running back Justin Goodwin breaks a tackle Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, where he ran for 104 of Rutgers’ 284 rushing yards. Despite an early injury to junior Paul James, the Knights won the rushing battle, 284-171, and were able to sustain drives in their win against Navy.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — When junior running back Paul James fumbled the ball twice — losing one — in his first five carries Saturday at Navy, it left some cause for concern.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Initially, very little went as planned Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the Rutgers football team, which turned the ball over on the first play from scrimmage and lost its leading rusher early in the second quarter.
Sophomore running back Desmon Peoples runs in the open field Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Peoples rushed for 82 of Rutgers' 284 yards on the ground, which helped the Knights control the tempo in their 31-24 win against Navy.
Junior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton said the Knights have to dictate the movement and control the tempo against Navy.
Sophomore linebacker Steve Longa said the Knights have to be disciplined going up against a team that runs the ball 90 percent of its plays. Navy runs the triple-option offense and has only 19 pass attempts this season.
When the Rutgers football team travels to Annapolis, there will be glaring differences between Navy, who they face tomorrow, and Penn State, the team the Scarlet Knights lost to last week.
Delon Stephenson remembers facing South Brunswick’s version of the triple option offense back in high school, but that has not simplified things for the sophomore free safety this week.
Former Rutgers football player Delon Stephenson, 23, was sentenced to three days in jail and three years probation for a 2015 incident in which he broke another student’s jaw.
Justin Goodwin eyed Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday as he took a three-step drop, forcing an interception at the season opener. For the Rutgers football sophomore, the turnover was momentous, marking first career interception in his first start at cornerback after switching from running back in training camp.
Sophomore running back Justin Goodwin said he was happy to return back to offense after beginning the season as one of the starting cornerbacks. Goodwin joins a tandem of running backs who have had success this season.
Head coach Kyle Flood said Goodwin is right in the mix at running back this week in practice, but it is still unclear how the reps will be distributed against Navy.
Junior left tackle Keith Lumpkin and the Knights’ offensive line look to sharpen fundamentals up front to produce a better run game Saturday against Navy.
There was a media swarm around him with three cameras and nearly a dozen reporters after practice. Several teammates ran over once they saw who it was being interviewed and snapped imaginary photos, wanting to participate in the hype.
The Rutgers football team's offensive line has such high expectations for itself that currently allowing nearly half as many sacks per game as last season isn't good enough.The unit has given up five sacks in three games -- on pace for a vast improvement from the 35 it permitted all of last season.
Senior quarterback Gary Nova said he takes responsibility for five interceptions.
Senior fullback Michael Burton said the Knights need to be more consistent with fundamentals in the run game to avoid negative rushes. Since the WSU game, RU is averaging only 3.0 yards per carry on the ground. The Knights’ lack of consistent running against Penn State led to unsustained drives.
It appears to be the same old story for the Rutgers football team’s fan base after a close loss to a good team, while in the spotlight during the nationally televised game.
Not even 36 hours removed from a 13-10 loss Saturday night to Penn State that head coach Kyle Flood called "devastating," the Rutgers football team had already moved on by Monday morning.
Not a single word was spoken as members of the Rutgers football team tucked their heads, slowly gathered their belongings and prepared to depart a somber locker room within the bowels of High Point Solutions Stadium.