Rutgers beat Morgan State 65-0 on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights improved to 1-2, recording their first win of the season in the final game on the nonconference schedule.
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Rutgers dominated this game almost from the start, grabbing a 34-0 lead at halftime and cruising from there. The star of the day was quarterback Johnathan Lewis, who got his first extended action and accounted for five touchdowns—four on the ground and one through the air. Additionally, Kyle Bolin completed 11 of 17 passes and Raheem Blackshear rushed for 102 yards on only 14 carries, with two scores. The Scarlet Knights’ defense held Morgan State to 145 total yards.
FINAL: Rutgers – 65, Morgan State – 0
4Q 4:33 — Two more touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights, both courtesy of running back Raheem Blackshear. The first was a 9-yard rush, and the second went for 33 yards. Blackshear has 102 yards rushing on 14 carries, and Rutgers leads 65-0.
End third quarter: Rutgers – 51, Morgan State – 0
3Q 2:03 — After Rutgers kicked a field goal and the two teams traded turnovers, Lewis punched in his fourth rushing touchdown of the day, this one from 4 yards out, to go with one passing score. The Scarlet Knights now lead 51-0.
3Q 13:31 — Rutgers just keeps laying it on. Only 89 seconds into the second half (following a Morgan State punt), Lewis rushes for his third touchdown of the day, putting the Scarlet Knights up 41-0.
Halftime: Rutgers – 34, Morgan State – 0
2Q 1:16 — After a blocked punt, the Scarlet Knights sneak in another score before the half. It’s Lewis again, this time with a 2-yard run to put Rutgers up 34-0.
2Q 3:10 — And another one. Lewis rushes 16 yards for Rutgers’ third touchdown of the quarter. The Scarlet Knights botch the extra-point attempt on a poor hold but still lead 27-0.
2Q 8:45 — Rutgers is pouring it on now. Johnathan Lewis entered the game at quarterback, faked a run and found Nakia Griffin-Stewart wide open for an 18-yard touchdown. The Scarlet Knights are now up 21-0.
So, this was sweet.
— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) September 16, 2017
2Q 11:09 — The Scarlet Knights score again, this time via a 9-yard pass from Kyle Bolin to Jerome Washington. Rutgers is out-gaining Morgan State 130-42 and leads 14-0.
End first quarter — Rutgers – 7, Morgan State – 0
1Q 5:20 — Rutgers is on the board. Robert Martin rushes for a 13-yard touchdown, and the Scarlet Knights are up 7-0.
1Q 10:42 — After both Rutgers and Morgan State punted on their respective opening drives, the Scarlet Knights have the ball back looking to get the scoring started.
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Rutgers-Morgan State game time, information
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Online information: BTN2Go
Location: High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
Weather: Temperatures will be in the high 70s to low 80s with partly cloudy skies.
Rutgers-Morgan State preview
Rutgers plays its final nonconference game of the the season before going into Big Ten play.
The Scarlet Knights are 0-2 after losing to top-10 Washington and Eastern Michigan. Through two games, Kyle Bolin has 376 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. On the ground, both Gus Edwards and Robert Martin have rushed for at least 120 yards this season.
Morgan State is also 0-2. The Bears have lost to Towson 10-0 and Albany 26-0. Morgan State has rushed for 108 yards after two games, averaging 1.8 yards per attempt. Through the air, Elijah Staley is 41-for-86 passing for 355 yards and 3 interceptions.
Saturday’s game is the fourth meeting between the Scarlet Knights and the Bears. In the most recent meeting, Rutgers won 38-0 in 2008. The Scarlet Knights held Morgan State to only 109 total yards. In the first two series games, Rutgers won 27-8 in 1971 and 37-14 in 1972. Rutgers is also 13-0 all-time against MEAC programs, outscoring them by a combined 558 to 88.
The Scarlet Knights have a strong history against FCS schools. They have won 12 in a row against such competition, with the most recent loss to New Hampshire in 2004.
Rutgers OC Jerry Kill had a minor seizure on Sunday but has returned to the coaching staff. Kill, who has epilepsy, was formerly the coach at Minnesota. But he stepped down as the Gophers coach during the 2015 season because of health reasons.
While on Tuesday’s teleconference, Rutgers head coach Chris Ash said Kill is already back at work.
“Jerry is fine; he’s back to work. He was in our offices yesterday working,” Ash said on the Tuesday teleconference. “As usual, he’ll coach this week, coach the game, and moving forward, no concerns at all. It was a minor setback. So we’re excited that Jerry is fine and back in the office, back with our football team.”
Rutgers is averaging only 13.5 points per game with 317.5 total yards of offense on average. But Morgan State provides an opportunity for the Scarlet Knights to regroup. Just last season, Rutgers routed Howard, 52-14, in one of the team’s two wins during the season. That game was also the best offensive output for the season, as the Scarlet Knights posted 512 yards of total offense. For the season, Rutgers averaged 283 yards per game and 15.7 points per game.
After Morgan State, Rutgers plays at Nebraska and at home against Ohio State to start Big Ten play.
Ash is 2-12 and in his second season as the Scarlet Knights coach.