PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers rolled to a 65-0 win over Morgan State on Saturday to move to 1-2 on the season. In the midst of the first win of the season, did you notice...
The tight end connection?
Rutgers quarterback Kyle Bolin had three completions through game's first 20 minutes. All three of those passes were to the tight ends as Myles Nash caught one and Jerome Washington hauled in two, including a six-yard touchdown. The tight end connection continued as Johnathan Lewis found Nakia Griffin-Stewart for the fourth completion of the game, which was an 18-yard touchdown.
Maietti gets the start?
Starting center Jonah Jackson was a scratch today because of a back issue, which opened the door for Mike Maietti. The redshirt freshman made his first career start and game appearance filling in for Jackson.
Lewis’ first run?
Johnathan Lewis took over at quarterback with a little more than nine minutes to play in the second quarter and had a lot of blockers in front of him, including a two tight end set and a fullback. Lewis picked up seven yards on his first carry and then threw an 18-yard touchdown pass on a very nice play to Griffin-Stewart.
Rettig on the sidelines?
Former RU quarterback Hayden Rettig was down on the sidelines for today’s game. Rettig said during the game that he has created a recruiting app and is attempting to gather investors. Rettig has left the Tennessee Tech team after playing sparingly through the first two games.
More left tackles?
Mike Lonsdorf came into the game at left tackle with six minutes to go in the second quarter. Starting left tackle Tariq Cole had a minor foot injury this week, but started the game. This was the first collegiate playing time for Lonsdorf, who gave way to Cole on the next drive. Londsdorf came back out in the second half as Cole was done for the day with the game in hand. Late in the game, Samuel Vretman took over at left tackle in his collegiate debut.
The leading tacklers?
To end the first half, Rutgers’ two leading tacklers were defensive end Darnell Davis who collected six while safety KJ Gray had five. All five of Gray’s tackles were unassisted while Davis also forced a first-half fumble that was recovered by Kemoko Turay.
Today marked the first bout of playing time for freshman linebacker Tyshon Fogg, redshirt freshman linebacker Rashawn Battle and redshirt junior Austin Rosa. Former linebacker Solomon Manning also saw his first-game reps on special teams. Fogg and Battle both came up with fourth-quarter interceptions.
Clark's redshirt going up in smoke?
Four-star offensive lineman Micah Clark became the 13th true freshman to play this season as he lined up at right tackle on a late fourth-quarter Rutgers drive. That drive took up just four plays before Raheem Blackshear ran for a 33-yard touchdown.