It may have been against a mis-matched opponent, but Rutgers’ first win of the season is nonetheless welcome:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bad weather joined forces with a bad team to keep many fans away from Rutgers Stadium on Saturday. What they missed was their team finally providing a performance that restored some good vibes and lifted some clouds at Rutgers.
With overcast skies threatening rain and the Scarlet Knights threatening to regress back to the dismal days of pushover football that they thought were behind them, neither happened after kickoff. But only about two-thirds of the sellout crowd at the 42,500-capacity stadium showed up to watch Rutgers collect its first victory of the season.
“We had a little bit of a drought,” Coach Greg Schiano said.
It took a severe downgrade in opponent to do so, but Rutgers (1-3) pushed somebody else around for a change and manhandled Morgan State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, by a 38-0 margin that did not change in the second half.
“It’s so important to get a win,” said defensive end Jamaal Westerman, who blocked a punt in the second quarter. “I think sometimes you take it for granted.”
Although the Bears own one of the stingiest defenses in the F.C.S., they were no match for a Rutgers team that was licking its wounds from three losses to open the season. Rutgers owned a 21-0 lead through the first quarter and built the 38-point advantage by halftime thanks in part to four turnovers by Morgan State.
Going into the game, Rutgers had scored 40 combined points all season while losing to Fresno State, North Carolina and Navy. The Scarlet Knights held the Bears to 109 yards of total offense.
Unfortunately, this is about as easy as the season is going to get.