Rutgers 26, Howard 0

Date - Saturday, September 8, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - High Points Solutions Stadium
Attendance - 50855

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Howard 0 0 0 0 0
Rutgers 7 12 7 0 26

Recap


Rutgers 26, Howard 0: Gary Nova threw two touchdowns, Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Rutgers shut out FCS foe Howard in Kyle Flood’s home debut.

Brandon Coleman caught two touchdowns for Rutgers (2-0), which improved to 9-0 all-time against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It was the final warmup for the Scarlet Knights, who open Big East play against South Florida next week.

Flood is a long-time Rutgers’ assistant who took over after Greg Schiano left to be the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 12 seasons in Piscataway. It wasn’t pretty offensively, but the New York native watched his defense and special teams dominate Howard. Rutgers held the Bison to just 15 yards in the first half and 149 for the game.

Still, Howard ( 1-1) was more competitive than its last contest against Rutgers – a 45-7 loss in 2009.

The Rutgers’ offense sputtered for much of the first half, but it received a spark from Jamison’s 64-yard run on 3rd-and-34. Jamison's dash set up Savon Huggins’ 1-yard touchdown run with just over six minutes left in the first. The Scarlett Knights then took a 13-0 lead when Brandon Jones returned a blocked punt six yards for a score.

Nova’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Coleman made it 19-0 at the half. He hooked up with Coleman for a 16-yard touchdown late in the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bison were outgained 113-1 in the first quarter, but only trailed by seven. … Howard had a golden opportunity to take the lead after Julien David intercepted Nova on the first series of the game, but William Parker fumbled at the Rutgers’ 3-yard line. ... It was the first time in 12 seasons that Schiano was not on the sidelines for a Rutgers home opener.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 2:08
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 7 - Howard 0
2nd Quarter - 12:47
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 13 - Howard 0
2nd Quarter - 7:05
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 19 - Howard 0
3rd Quarter - 2:07
Rutgers   TD  Rutgers 26 - Howard 0
TEAMS

Team Records

  Howard Rutgers
W/L 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Howard Rutgers
Score 0 26
First Downs 12 16
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-17
35%
7-for-13
54%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 149 321
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-74 33-191
Average/Rush 1.9 5.8
Passing
Comp-Att 11-22 15-27
Passing Yards 75 130
Average/Pass Play 2.9 4.8
Penalties-Yards 7-71 11-92
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 31:16 28:44

PLAYER STATS

Howard (1 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Cunningham 9/18 68 0 0
R. Liggins Jr. 2/4 7 0 0
Rutgers (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Nova 15/27 130 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
W. Parker 11 51 4.6 0
A. Freeman 15 32 2.1 0
J. Brown 2 7 3.5 0
R. Liggins Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
J. Duncan 3 2 0.7 0
J. Cunningham 5 -19 -3.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Jamison 10 110 11.0 0
B. Martin 10 48 4.8 0
S. Huggins 9 24 2.7 1
M. Burton 2 9 4.5 0
G. Nova 2 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Wilson 4 29 7.2 0
J. Duncan 2 18 9.0 0
J. Boyd 1 14 14.0 0
M. Colvin 1 6 6.0 0
J. Booker 1 5 5.0 0
W. Parker 1 2 2.0 0
A. Freeman 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Coleman 2 48 24.0 2
J. Jamison 1 25 25.0 0
T. Wright 2 17 8.5 0
M. Harrison 6 16 2.7 0
D. Jefferson 2 12 6.0 0
Q. Pratt 1 6 6.0 0
S. Huggins 1 6 6.0 0