This is yet another game where the Scarlet Knights have gone down big early in the game, then decided it was time to get their acts together and scored more than 30 unanswered points over their opponents. Last week against Howard Rutgers went down 14-0 in the first quarter and ended up scoring 52 unanswered points thanks to Janarion Grant en route to their first victory of the season and the #AshEra. This week, they got down 21-0 against a better team than Howard, and then scored 31 unanswered points, also thanks to Janarion Grant.
After a good defensive start to the game, New Mexico punts the ball to Grant, which is usually a bad decision. Lucky for them, this is one of those times it worked out for them as he muffed the punt and gave the Lobos the ball with great field position. New Mexico would run one play and score a touchdown putting them up 7-0
Rutgers was unable to move the ball anywhere in the first quarter and gave the Lobos many chances to move the ball. As the first quarter gets under two minutes left, Austin Apodaca throws a 36-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Reed to put the Lobos up 14-0, still in the first.
Then, the Lobos get the ball back with under a minute left in the quarter, and their other quarterback, Lamar Jordan, gets the keeper and runs it 52 yards to the house for another New Mexico touchdown. Rutgers is getting blown out and shut out at home against a subpar team for the second week in a row.
Rutgers received the kickoff after the Lobos' third straight touchdown and Laviano throws an absolutely beautiful ball to Baseball player Jawuan Harris for the 75-yard touchdown to put Rutgers on the board 21-7. This was a huge shift in momentum for the Scarlet Knights as would be evident for the next quarter and a half.
In the second quarter, Janarion Grant does something a lot of Rutgers fans would love to see more of; quarterbacking. He gets the ball on the reverse play and throws a beautiful ball on the run to Andre Patton for the touchdown putting Rutgers within one touchdown of the Lobos.
Then, our run game gets some much needed energy and yardage. Robert Martin gets the carry and takes off for 80 yards and a touchdown. This ties the game and gives Rutgers the most momentum they've had all day. At this point, Martin has 8 carries for 124 yards on the day.
With a little more than a minute left in the game, Janarion Grant gets a good catch on the punt and returns it 69 yards for the touchdown putting Rutgers ahead going into the half 28-21. Janarion grant just continues to impress.
Rutgers gets an interception right before the half and get a fumble recovery right after the half. The latter of the two led to a David Bonagura field goal which put Rutgers up 31-21 and tops off the 31 point scoring streak Rutgers had against the Lobos.
New Mexico, though, would not go away. They scored a touchdown thanks to Richard McQuarley cutting the gap to three making it 31-28 in favor of the Knights.
Rutgers did not seem to fret as they kept doing their thing on the ground and kept feeding Robert Martin the rock. There was even a few minutes of game action for TCU transfer Zach Allen for reasons unknown because Laviano did end up returning to the field later on.
The Zach Allen led drive led to another Bonagura field goal, allowing some breathing room 34-28 Rutgers. Rutgers still neds to play tight defense though as it is only a one score game still.
Laviano came back the next drive and led to yet another Bonagura field goal, this one from 28. Bonagura is three for three on the day on field goal tries. Rutgers now has a two-possession lead. 37-28 with three minutes to play.
The Lobos did drive down the field led by Lamar Jordan because Austin Apodaco was injured on the previous drive. Jordan got his team to the 10-yard line, but they were faced with fourth down. Rather than take chances, New Mexico went for the field goal to make it a one possession game and still allow time for an onside kick and a recovery. The Lobos' kicker pulled the ball and missed wide left giving Rutgers the ball back.
Rutgers takes knees and ends the game giving Rutgers another nice win 37-28.
They are now 2-1 this season and take on Iowa next week. Iowa actually lost to an FCS opponent this week. They lost to Carson Wentz's Alma Mater, North Dakota State. NDSU is now 6-0 against FBS oppenents in its history. Next week, Rutgers gets a chance to make Iowa lose two in a row and give Rutgers a nice Big Ten win and Chris Ash's first as a head coach.